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Insulation, painting next for Habitat home

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Preston Utley/Vail DailyThe Bopp family picks out paint for their rooms, and cabinets for their kitchen with people from Genesis Inovations in Edwards. Steve Bopp is wearing the hat; Evie Bopp is on the right, and their grandsons, Shawn and Alex Knuckey, are in front.

GYPSUM – As the winter snows blow through the valley, the work on the Habitat for Humanity home, being built in Gypsum for the Bopp family, will increasingly move indoors. The home is a “blitz build” project, projected to be built from start to finish in about two months.High Country Insulation is just waiting for the home to pass inspection before it moves inside.

“It could be any day, now,” says Ken Baker, branch manager for Denver-based High Country Insulation. The company is donating all the insulation work in the Bopps’ home.”It seemed like the right thing to do, I guess,” said Baker. After the insulation is completed, it won’t be long before Swanepoel Painting begins its work. The company will paint both the exterior and interior of the home, which is being built in partnership with Hermes Custom Homes and Habitat for Humanity of Eagle and Lake Counties.

Owner Nick Swanepoel is anticipating beginning the work on, or around, Jan. 23. Swanepoel Painting has a shop near the Eagle County Regional Airport.Swanepoel Painting is donating all the labor to paint the home, while Sherwin-Williams paint company has agreed to donate all the paint.”We look at it as giving back to the community, and helping somebody in need,” says Swanepoel, a native of South Africa. “We’ve been very fortunate in this town, and how people have treated us. If it wasn’t for the help of others, I wouldn’t be able to do something like this.

“Having been in the valley for 15 years, now,” he adds, “I think it’s just a special community, where everybody always seems to be helping others.”Vail, Colorado

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