Evans family settles into Habitat home

Jamie Evans and her children, Ashley and Caleb Evans, on the porch of their new Habitat home in Winfield.

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Since the dedication event on Feb. 25, Jamie Evans and her family have been moving busily into their new home that contains three bedrooms, two bathrooms, an open-plan kitchen, eating and living areas, and covered open garage. 

The home is located at 1321 Broadway in Winfield. Construction on the home began in March 2017. As many as 200 volunteers and many businesses donated their time, talents and materials to build it.

“We like the openness of the floor plan,” said Evans.

Laminate wood flooring graces the kitchen, bedrooms and living areas, while the bathrooms are tiled. The flooring, as well as countertops, back splashes, paint colors and lighting fixtures, all were chosen by the family. When asked what her favorite part of the build process was, Evans said that she enjoyed the concrete work and framing part the best.

In addition to the picking out the “fun stuff,” Jamie also was required to contribute “sweat equity” hours toward the building of their home. 

“Jamie has an amazing work ethic,” said Winfield Habitat Board President Mike Hutchins. 

“Where the standard request for homeowners has been 100 hours spent helping to build their house, Jamie reached 336 hours before we stopped counting.” 

Hutchins noted that each Habitat house is a group effort with businesses, individuals, churches and schools.

“As a lifetime resident of Winfield, I find myself still constantly surprised by the great things we accomplish when we work together,” he said. “I’m looking forward to even more of those surprises as we build our 2018 house.”

Construction on the 26th home will begin this spring with the intent of completion by the end of the year. The home will be located in west Winfield on Stewart Street, a lot previously donated to Habitat. 

In addition to the support provided by community groups, businesses and individuals at times of special need during construction of Habitat Houses, regular volunteers are badly needed. These volunteers report to the work site two to four mornings a week from the beginning of construction in April to completion in the fall. 

Visit www.winfieldhfh.com or call (620) 221-3015 for volunteer interesting.

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