Imagine yourself surrounded by lights, music and fine food. Outside, it’s the middle of February. Inside, the air is warm and the mood evokes feelings of somewhere far away. There is a hint of adventure in the room. Several items you could use to further escape the chill outside are at your fingertips. You peer out of the room’s windows to see snow flurries in the wind. You look across the spacious room and see the first course of a gourmet meal unveiled for the crowd. The scent takes you someplace far away from the cold. You make your way to your seat to join your friends. As the first bite hits your tongue, you’re transported to another place, leaving winter behind. As the remaining courses make their way to your table, you find yourself losing sight of the chill outside.
This February, Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam gives you the chance to escape the blustery cold and dine with one of the state’s most popular gourmet restaurants. As we’ve done in the past, we’re bringing one of the West Virginia’s top restaurants to Charleston.
The Grand Lobby of The Clay Center will fill with food, music and members of our community as we showcase a veteran chef’s creations for you to enjoy. Our event will feature seven popular dishes, wine and spirits, as well as a signature cocktail. You will indulge in several unique tastes and textures that most have only read about in travel magazines.
Music from a popular live band, inspired by your culinary adventure, will fill the Grand Lobby with excitement as we showcase the specially-selected items from our one-of-a-kind silent auction. The things you’ll be bidding on will take you farther than you can imagine. We’ve curated a selection of items to bring new adventures and exciting travel to your life!
All adventures should include in bit of mystery, so we can’t tell you too much yet. In the coming months, we will drop hints and clues about what we have in store for the Kanawha Valley this winter.
Join us in the Grand Lobby of the Clay Center in Charleston this winter for a culinary adventure. Leave the cold behind.
Decent, Affordable & Yours!
Partnering with Habitat for Humanity for a decent, affordable home does not mean compromising on quality. All of the houses that we work with homebuyers to build meet all current building codes, and some of the construction materials exceed those standards. Habitat for Humanity saves you money by offering a zero-interest mortgage. Our mortgages are affordable because we use mostly volunteer labor and some construction materials are donated. In the end, you get the final say in the look of your future home. Our homebuyer partners choose the exterior siding, kitchen countertops, flooring and deck stain on all new construction.
Habitat for Humanity houses save you money.
Our homes are energy efficient. The walls are insulated with R-13, three and a half inch fiberglass. We use a high-quality fiber cement siding on the exterior. It comes with a 15 year warranty and is far more durable than vinyl siding. Habitat houses also offer 30 year architectural shingles. When it comes to the walls inside your future home, we don’t cut corners – we reinforce them. We always build using 2×4 walls and then hang half-inch drywall. All of the quality materials we use in construction give our house walls a total R Value of 22.
Other energy-efficient features of Habitat for Humanity houses include:
- R-38 Blow-in attic insulation
- 3” closed-cell high performance spray insulation under subfloor preventing outside air infiltration – sealing floors completely from moisture
- High-efficiency central heating and cooling system designed for minimal outside air filtration
- Argon filled, Low E Insulated Vinyl Windows
Habitat for Humanity works with homebuyers to make homeownership manageable.
Our houses use arc-fault circuit breakers and outdoor GFCI outlets. Each house is pre-wired for future updates and customization. The water lines throughout our houses use an innovative PEX water system. PEX water lines are single pipes without joints – eliminating places where leaks can occur. All of the PEX piping we use in our houses are connected to a single manifold that is the hub of the plumbing system. The central water manifold distributes the house’s hot and cold water supply in the same way that an electrical panel distributes electricity. Each house has a minimum of a 40-gallon hot water tank.
The houses that Habitat for Humanity works with homebuyers to build are built for convenience and long term durability.
Each house is built with a covered porch. Each house has a washer and dryer hookup. The inside of our houses feature spacious, 40-inch wide closets in each bedroom. We work to put in as much storage as possible – with added storage space in the bathrooms. Each bathroom is outfitted with a seamless shower and bathtub combination that minimizes places for mildew – reducing cleaning time. For added convenience we use Panasonic Whisper Quiet® bathroom exhaust fans. For added security we use steel front and rear entry doors that are all keyed the same and include deadbolts for added reinforcement.
During construction, the land that the house is being built on is graded to drain water away from the house’s foundation. Proper drainage reduces the likelihood of foundation problems, mold and odors. After construction, we landscape and seed the lawn. Proper landscaping can prevent sewer issues and provides the added bonus of blocking wind and sun – adding to the overall energy efficiency of the house. We also make sure each of our houses have ample parking space. Habitat houses all have off-street parking for two vehicles.
Habitat homeowners say they feel like they are getting a quality home that is built to last. That’s because Habitat for Humanity builds homes that are decent and affordable without cutting corners. We’re proud to stand by the homes we work with our partners to build.
To date, we have built more than 150 homes in the Kanawha Valley, and we’re building more right now.
If you would like to apply for partnership with Habitat for Humanity, CLICK HERE to take our short pre-qualification quiz — or call Anne Plott, Homeownership Program Director, at 304-720-0141 ext. 12.