Habitat opens new home
HOLIDAY - Single father Michael Space and his two sons now have a place they can call home. Last week they got the keys to their new house, which was built by West Pasco Habitat for Humanity and West Pasco Board of Realtors volunteers. The dedication ceremony took place at the house on Arcadia Road. A crew of volunteers nailed their tough assignment in June to build a house within a week. A small army descended upon the site in Holiday for the "Blitz Build" project, according to Charkay Suiters, West Pasco Habitat's development director.The Board of Realtors crew members put to good use the modular building techniques they had learned on their previous Habitat project on Haver Lane in Holiday last fall. Once again, the Structural Insulated Panel Systems speeded construction of the Arcadia Road home. Not only does the home go up faster, but the insulated panels reduce electric bills to about $40 a month. The panels also offer more resistance to hurricane-force winds. Gramatica SIPS International supplies the panels. The Sarasota-based company was founded in 2009 by Martin Gramatica, the former Tampa Bay Buccaneers place kicker, and his brothers Bill and Santiago, who also were kickers. Many talents and skills helped to build the home, Suiters added. She cited Florida Realtor Organization, Third Federal S&L, Holladay Whitco Insurance, the Realtors, Florida Luxury Realty, Nameste' Realty, Metro Roofing, Knight Pest Control, Meares Plumbing, Pasco County Community Development Division, Solid Surface, For the Floor, B&R Septic, Arthur Price, Gramatica SIPS International, Valspar, Don Blake Electrical, Valspar Paint, Main Street Video, Dobies Funeral Home and countless volunteers. Through volunteer labor and donations, Habitat for Humanity builds and rehabilitates houses. Families provide "sweat equity," helping to build homes they will occupy. For details, call Habitat at (727) 859-9038 or go to www.wphabitat.com.
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