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Volunteers work to finish Habitat for Humanity home in Kittredge

By Sandy Barnes

“Can I get a couple of two-by-fours?” called Adrienne Patenaude while standing on the roof a home under construction in Kittredge.


An AmeriCorps builder, Patenaude was working with Evergreen volunteers helping to complete a Blue Spruce Habitat for Humanity home last Thursday.

Robert Tobor and Melissa Duley of Evergreen-based Green Apple Supply were among those who came to the volunteer workday sponsored by the Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce.

“I feel like I’m doing something for my own neighborhood,” Duley said. 

Blue Spruce Habitat construction manager Steve Colella offered Duley and other volunteers advice as they worked on the porch of the house. 

“Make sure you’re square,” he said while they were placing a long piece of lumber on the structure with a nail gun.

One unit of the duplex will soon be occupied by Hazzell Conelos and her son Titus. Brandi Nickols, Joel Rainey and their children, Aiden and Aubrie, will live on the other side of the home.

If all goes well, the home should be ready for the two families to move into by the end of May, said Colella. After a dedication ceremony in late April 2012, the project began last October, he said.

Throughout the process, the Conelos and Nickols-Rainey families have been working on the home along with volunteers, as required by Habitat for Humanity.

A national and international faith-based organization with local chapters, Habitat for Humanity offers affordable home ownership to low-income families. Those selected for the homes contribute a minimum of 250 hours of “sweat equity” to their construction and make monthly mortgage payments set at 30 percent of the family’s gross income.

When completed, the home will be eligible for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification — hopefully at the platinum level, Colella said. 

“Habitat, by its nature, builds tight, energy-efficient homes,” he said.

Holding a section of the structural insulated paneling used in the home, Colella said it is a highly insulating aspect of the construction.

Denver architectural firm Alan Ford and Co. designed the home while participating in a competition sponsored by AIA Colorado. The modernistic architecture of the home features multiple roof pitches and large windows that offer sweeping views of the foothills. The 2,100-square-foot duplex is identical on both sides, with three bedrooms and 1½ bathrooms for each family. 

Like most Habitat projects, this home in Kittredge with a $300,000 budget has many sponsors who have given support through financial and in-kind contributions, Colella said.

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans has pledged $92,000 to the project, and AIA Colorado is contributing $84,000.
Evergreen Lutheran Church, Lutheran Church of the Cross and Zion Lutheran Church in Idaho Springs are actively involved in the project, along with a host of Habitat volunteers. The three churches also have contributed financial support to the home through fund-raisers, in addition to assistance from volunteers.

The Evergreen Metropolitan District has also contributed to the home with discounted water and sewer tap fees.

For more information about Blue Spruce Habitat for Humanity, including volunteer opportunities, visit www.bluesprucehabitat.org or call the office at 303-674-1127.


Contact Sandy Barnes at sandy@evergreenco.com or call 303-350-1042.