Slow moving Habitat build entering the final stretch

Sue Guinn Legg • Jun 15, 2018 at 11:18 PM

ERWIN — It’s been a slow go on the Habitat for Humanity of Unicoi County home build on Grove Avenue in Erwin.

More than a year after Monica Tipton and her 4-year-old son Brayden helped turned the first spades of dirt for their future home, the little house at 611 Grove is still under construction.

Bill Gaines, a board member for the county’s Habitat affiliate, said Friday it has been a struggle finding the building professionals needed to put all the pieces together.

“It’s a matter of getting people with the right skills in the right place,” he said. “The weather hasn’t helped us much at all. But more than anything what that project needs is a retired contractor to oversee things.” 

Gaines said the supervising contractor for the build is still in business, and by necessity, spends most of his time making a living. But with the help of a crew put together by Erwin Utilities General Manager Lee Brown, Gaines said he believes the project is about to turn a corner.

And with good luck, Tipton and Brayden could be in their new house before school starts in August.

Brown’s crew will be putting a porch and a deck on the house soon, and Gaines expects that work will go fast. After that, he said, the last of the doors will be hung. And finally, volunteers will be going in to paint and polish off the interior.

Jim Buchanan with the Habitat affiliate has worked out a schedule of final work details. And Brian Poston with State Farm Insurance at 1072 N. Main Ave., is coordinating volunteers.

Anyone who wishes lend a hand getting Tipton and Brayden under their new roof may call Poston at his office at 423-743-3311.

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