Imagine building a 1,200 square foot home with three bedrooms and two baths in just seven days. What may seem like an impossible task was conquered through the hard work of our Harris Doyle team and our amazing partners. For 11 years, Harris Doyle Homes has partnered with Habitat for Humanity Greater Birmingham for its annual Habitat Home Builders Blitz to build a home in just seven days for a very deserving future homeowner. This year, the location changed, the family changed, but the emotional impact reached an all-time high.
After seven days of construction beginning on Thursday, October 4, Harris Doyle welcomed the Curry family to their new home at Windsor Parc in Bessemer on Thursday, October 11. “This year was different,” said Peyton Rogers, vice president of construction for Harris Doyle Homes. “The entire Harris Doyle team divvied up tasks to help make this project as successful as possible. Everyone was hands-on and pitched in on day-to-day tasks from framing to plumbing and electrical to simply bringing water and food to our trade partners.”
Before the week-long blitz begins, the bulk of the work is done months in advance through scheduling and meeting with subcontractors and vendors, getting the best deals possible on materials and seeing what can be donated to the cause. This year, top vendors such as Sherwin Williams, Shaw, Timberlake, Hardware Resources and many more provided discounted materials to make this house a home for the Curry family.
The first day of the Home Builders Blitz is the biggest and most productive day. The slab is already poured and the subcontractors have already set aside time to make sure everything is up to code. The ground breaking ceremony begins approximately at 8 a.m., framing the home begins immediately afterward and by lunch, the vinyl siding and roof is on! The second day begins the drywall process and from there, the entire house transforms rather quickly so that it is entirely built in just one week’s time. “Harris Doyle has participated in this event for so long, that we process seems to be easier every year,” said Rogers.
Homes built by Habitat for Humanity are not simply given away. Potential Habitat homeowners go through a selection process to see if they qualify and applicants must demonstrate that they can pay an affordable mortgage, be willing to take financial training classes and be ready to contribute hundreds of hours of sweat equity, including on the construction of their own house. The Curry family committed to over 300 hours of community service on their new home and others homes. Lidia Curry, the new homeowner, has four daughters and works for Children’s of Alabama.
“I never thought I would be a homeowner, so for me, it is truly a blessing for me and my girls to come home and to have somewhere safe to lay our heads and not be scared. It is just a blessing for us. I thank God every day for this opportunity.” – Lidia Curry
Windsor Parc in Bessemer is a new location for the Builders blitz and is undergoing a great revitalization. Bessemer is also the first location in Alabama to feature an established Amazon center that will bring over 2,500 jobs to the area. “What is truly great about the builder blitz building in this location is that the families have known one another and have been involved in the project for a long time,” said Rogers. “This means that they not only know their neighbors but their kids can grow up together and play in the community together. There’s such a strong sense of community at Windsor Parc.”