Finishing Touches

Posted on 21 May 2010

We were back at the house on Bartholomew Ave this morning to wrap up the sidewalk. It was slow progress working with the crew we have, but we did get it all done and I’m quite proud of the job we got done.

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We did get sod delivered today, but before the lawn can be laid, thee is a lot of work to be done leveling the yard.

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Lunch today was a quick trip back to the Poppa’s, the heavily armored PoBoy shop, but I changed it up a bit today and got catfish with Red Beans and Rice. I’m really acquiring a taste for the food down here, even the least promising looking places make some pretty good food.

The volunteer crew had to leave early to go on a swamp tour, so they were done by 3:30. From then on it was just me, 3 of the Americorps crew and Martin who is the homeowner at this site. Martin has put in a lot of hours working on other people’s houses, so he knows what he is doing and takes obvious pride in doing the best job possible, especially on his own house. It was a real pleasure to meet him and spend some time with him, he is originally German and is a musician here in New Orleans. I’m looking forward to working with him again tomorrow. We were able to get a lot of finishing work done on the house. Adding railings to the stairs, some soffit work, hanging sliding doors etc. We worked well beyond the normal wrap up time and i think we finally called it a day at about 5;30. The house is supposed to be move in ready in a week and that’s a target that seems quite achievable.

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As you can see in the banner above, this house is sponsored by a number of Canadian organizations including the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Raptors. The funding model for Habitat is quite interesting and designed so that they can be self sustaining. The home owner takes out a mortgage through Habitat to purchase the home and Habitat then takes all the payments and uses them to purchase building materials and building lots to build additional homes. Of course donations and sponsors are always welcome as well.


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