Habitat house repaired, ready


— After two months of repairs, remodels and cleanup, the Hab--itat for Humanity house in Pioneer Village is ready for its new owners.

The house was built in 2001 with 330 community volunteers and owner sweat equity, but when the first owners moved out, the house was in extreme disrepair.

The construction community pitched in with donated labor and discounted materials to bring the house back to its original condition.

The carpet was replaced, thanks to donations from Carpets Plus. The closets were repaired through donated materials and time from Top Drawer. Midwest Electric repaired the electrical work for half the regular cost.

Ken Finch replaced the baseboard heaters at a reduced price and Bob Steele, a member of the Habitat board of directors, donated new kitchen appliances. Ski Country Kitchens donated the labor to replace the countertops and a missing drawer in the kitchen and ADW and Spiegel and Son helped replace doors and windows and stained them for half the usual price.

The new owners, Blaine Wat--son and Laurie West, signed the mortgage agreement on their new house last week and moved in during the weekend. On Monday afternoon, they opened the doors of their new home to the public for an official re-dedication ceremony.

Watson works as a dispatcher for Steamboat Springs Transit. West is a bartender and waitress at Johnny B Good's diner. They will be moving into the house with three of their children.

Working with Habitat, Watson and West received an interest-free loan in exchange for 350 sweat equity hours. Their mortgage payment will be less than two-thirds of an average mortgage payment, thanks to the arrangement.

With the Pioneer Village house in the hands of a family, Habitat now will focus its efforts on getting a duplex in West End Village finished.

"We have two home owners waiting to move in," said Habitat's former construction foreman Scott MacDonald. "One of them has been waiting for over two years."

Progress on the duplex project has been slow because of trouble finding volunteers.

-- To reach Autumn Phillips call 871-4210

or e-mail aphillips@steamboatpilot.com


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