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Habitat crews moving right along

Connie Steiert
Special to the Daily Roofers work atop Habitat for Humanity's "blitz build" house in Gypsum's Buckhorn subdivision. The home is being built for the Bopp family on a faster-than-normal schedule.
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GYPSUM – Even as you read this, the final touches are being applied to the roof of the Bopps’ Habitat for Humanity home currently under construction in Gypsum’s Buckhorn Valley subdivision.The roof, being completed by TCC Roofing Contractors, caps the outside of the home. The labor on the roof is being donated by TCC and the materials, by Fowler and Path Roofing Supply in Rifle.”It’s a good cause. We all need to give back to the community a little bit,” says George Sisneros of TCC.Phones for the kidsInside the house, things are heating up. Literally.This week, R & H Mechanical is installing a four-zone, in-floor, radiant heating system. The company was originally asked to install traditional heating. But the boys at R & H Mechanical knew that in-floor heating would be both more comfortable, and more cost-effective in the long run. So, they went above and beyond what was asked – all for free.

“We put in a system that we would put in our own home,” said Brian Bahr, an estimator and salesman for R & H Mechanical.The company has already installed the tubing necessary for the radiant heating in the Bopp home, and plans to have the boiler installed by the beginning of this week. “We’re just happy to be involved any time we can to do something for a family in need,” said Bahr. “We always try to accommodate that.”Most of the electricity was installed before the new year. In addition to the essential elements, such as light circuits, Brothers Electric, which is donating all the electrical work, has completed the “fun” elements, along with a couple of extras. The company installed the planned TV and telephone jacks in the home, throwing in the extra luxury of a TV jack in the master bedroom, and voluntarily adding telephone jacks in the kids bedrooms.”Kid’s bedrooms have to have a telephone,” said Clay Brothers of Brothers Electric, which has offices in Denver, Evergreen, Edwards and Steamboat Springs. Brothers said his company does a lot of charity work in Denver as well, typically going “over and above” what is expected. After all, he added, he has a wife and kids, and said that he and his company will do anything they can for the Bopp family.

In fact, the electrical work, was ready for its final inspection at the beginning of this week. “Everybody’s doing a great job,” said Brothers.’Fantastic home’The interior touches to make the house feel like a home also are underway.Terry Johnson, president and CEO of Genesis Innovation, said the home’s cabinetry is “being made as we speak.”The company, owned by Johnson and partner Gunther Pruess, is a full-custom cabinetry and architectural millwork business. “We produce everything from scratch. We buy raw lumber and turn it into beautiful woodwork for homeowners,” explained Johnson.Genesis is creating and donating all of the cabinetry for the Bopp kitchen, baths, and other areas. The milling of the cabinetry will probably be completed this week. Genesis is scheduled to install the cabinets on Jan. 28.



“Habitat for Humanity is a tremendous organization, with what they do for people,” said Johnson. “We’ve been blessed to do so much work in the Vail Valley. We try to give back to the community in the Vail area, or in the Fort Collins area, and we support Habitat in the Front Range, too.”The Bopp home, which is being completed through a “blitz build” fast-track process, is being constructed through a partnership with Hermes Custom Homes, and Habitat for Humanity of Eagle and Lake Counties.”The house looks great,” Bahr said. “All the trades involved are working along with each other very nicely.” General contractor Hermes Custom Homes, he added, is a “great” builder. “(The Bopps) should have a fantastic home when it’s complete,” he said. Vail Colorado


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