The skeleton of what will become a four-bedroom home already was visible early Monday morning on South Jean Place in Kennewick.
The steady sound of power tools and hammers announced the progress of the 1,236-square-foot home as the outlines of walls emerged.
By Friday, the Home Builders Association of Tri-Cities will have finished the Habitat for Humanity home at 609 S. Jean Place.
It's the third blitz build event in which local builders construct a home in less than a week.
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Rene Dahlgren, director of governmental affairs for the Home Builders Association of Tri-Cities, said Habitat's program is appealing because the homeowners have qualified for ownership and have to put in sweat equity, in addition to paying for the home.
The home's future owners, Bay Lay and his wife, Ku Gay, finished their required 500 hours of sweat equity about six months ago on otherfamilies' homes. But Theresa Richardson, Habitat's executive director, said the family has continued to help build Habitat homes.
All the labor on the couple's home is being donated by members of the Home Builders Association of Tri-Cities, Dahlgren said.
About 50 companies are pitching in on the project, said Jeff Losey, executive director of the association. About 150 people will have worked on the home by the time it is finished.
Multiple tasks are scheduled at the same time to fit everything in, Dahlgren said. For example, heating ventilation and air conditioning installers and electricians will be working at the same time, Losey said.
And Dahlgren said they talked to Kennewick's planning department ahead of time to make sure they could get required inspections when they were needed.
By 11 a.m., the home was ready for windows to be installed, Richardson said.
And this morning, insulation is expected to be installed.
Brad Butherus, owner of Horse Heaven Construction of Kennewick, plans to work on the home every day this week.
Butherus, co-owner of MoonRiver RV Resort in Richland, got local builders involved in the nationwide blitz build events in 2008.
Every two years, he said local builders have gotten together to build two homes for families in need. This year, one is being built.
It's a way to give back to a community that has really supported local builders, Butherus said. And it's an achievement for anyone who works on one.
"This is a challenge," he said.
It's the first of seven homes Habitat for Humanity plans to finish in the Garden Court subdivision this year, said Israel Camorlinga, the nonprofit's contractor.
Foundations for the next two homes already have been laid. Today, Camorlinga said volunteers will start work on the second home.
Richardson said they are trying out a new design, and key volunteers will be able to observe the professionals as they build the energy-efficient home.
Lay and his family won't be able to move in right away. Richardson said they will be able to move in as soon as the sale is closed, which could be within the next 30 days.
The couple, both 41, have a 15-year-old son, Eb Ta Taw, and two daughters Tho May Paw, 13, and Lay Gler Paw, 11.
Bay Lay's mother, Hor Me, 80, also will live with them.
The couple were working Monday, Richardson said. Bay Lay works at Tyson Foods, and his wife works at Broetje Orchards.
The Burmese family was living in a refugee camp in Thailand when World Relief helped them immigrate to the United States.
The family applied for the home and was interviewed twice by a volunteer committee, Richardson said. A background check and credit check were part of the process.
Legal residency in the United States is required, she said.
On Friday at noon, Habitat for Humanity, local builders and the family will celebrate the finished home.
And on Saturday, Tri-Citians will celebrate Impact Day by working on 15 one-day home repair projects throughout the Tri-Cities.
It's the first year the local Habitat has celebrated Impact Day, which stands for "Individuals mobilizing people and communities together."
Although Richardson said they have enough volunteers to finish the projects for low-income, senior and disabled families on Saturday, she said they are still receiving applications for the help and need volunteers.
To help with the Neighborhood Revitalization Project, call 943-5555. Volunteers will be matched with projects best suited to their abilities.
To apply, call the same number or go to www.habitatbuilds.com. Income guidelines can be found on the nonprofit's website.
-- Kristi Pihl: 582-1512; firstname.lastname@example.org