I'm building a house in 5 days.
Because I'm the kind of person who takes off work to do more work.
- •I'm a pretty good carpenter, but I'm not building this by myself. This is happening with Habitat for Humanity in Newburgh, where I used to work.
- •Every other year we do a Builders Blitz, where have five days to build a house from the ground up. Two years ago we did two houses, but this year it's a mixed use commercial/residential so we scaled it back.
- •The future owner is an immigrant from Mexico and will be able to open a photography studio downstairs while living upstairs. The whole first floor is done to commercial specs, and I'm really happy he'll have an opportunity to follow his passion. He's a total sweetheart and exactly the kind of guy you want in this program.
- •I got there around noon Monday and there was good progress already. There was literally just a foundation here that morning.
- •We worked until nightfall on the first day, but the framing is all done.
- •And I wrangled us some beer from an awesome local brewery.
- •I miss wearing a tool belt and this was a great opportunity to help out my community and swing a hammer again.
- •And you always get some good snaps out of it
- •Josh was an AmeriCorps member I hired that's now Junior Site Supervisor. We were up on the lift to install pump jacks for siding.
- •Speaking of siding, I must have cut thousands of feet. We use Hardie Board, which is a cement based siding that looks great and holds up really well. We have to use it because of our location in a historic district.
- •If you work in Newburgh long enough you have a lot of stories, and I think I told all mine last night after we closed up shop.
- •Paint party! If that's your idea of a party. I hate painting.
- •The interior was rocked by halfway through day 3.
- •This was toward the end of day 3, and unfortunately I'm back to my real job today. I'll be going back after work when I can, and Saturday will be the dedication.