The new house at 303 Thayer Drive in Richland brings a new family and a new look to the neighborhood.
Designed intentionally to complement the older part of Richland where boxlike alphabet houses dating back 60 years line the streets, the new home for Jason and Stasha Haynes and their two children also has subtle modern lines.
The roof resembles the sloping profile of the Montessori school across the street, and the new home has an abundance of windows to give it greater curbside appeal.
The Haynes family accepted keys to their home Thursday, expecting to move in by the weekend, Jason Haynes said.
The 1,300-square-foot new home is the 17th to be built in Richland's Housing In-fill Program, which dates back to 1995 and uses federal money to upgrade older neighborhoods.
Michelle Burden, housing resources specialist for the city, said the Thayer Drive project was about a year in process. The city spent $159,000 to purchase the lot, demolish a dilapidated dwelling and haul away tons of debris before construction could begin.
Taylor Construction of Kennewick built the home, which was designed by ALD Architects of Richland.
Joe Schiessl, Richland planning and redevelopment manager, said both companies did more than what he expected, making the home extra special.
"It's a phenomenal design, lots of windows and a high ceiling. Even the inspector was impressed with the quality of the house," Jason Haynes said.
Richland's housing program, which uses money from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Agency, helps home buyers like the Haynes to have a low down payment and a way to keep monthly mortgage payments affordable.
Schiessl said the city made a $24,000 loan available, not requiring it to be paid off until after the first mortgage loan is paid or the home is sold.
"It's not a freebie. They have a conventional mortgage," Schiessl said.
"This is the first custom design home we've done. We've never used an architect to do something like this before," he noted.
The new home does not have a garage, but there is a large covered patio and a large corner that will need landscaping.
Jason Haynes, who works at a home improvement store, said he already is planning how to turn the yard into a green landscape for his family.
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