The walls are up, the paint is dry, the sod is laid and the lights are working in the newest house build by Habitat for Humanity of Ellis County.
Some paperwork and a few finishing touches are all that stands between Jessy Reyne and her new home on Parks School House Road.
“We’ve been waiting for two years — I wish they’d let us move in now,” Reyne said with a smile as she swept what will soon be her new living room.
The dedication of the home is planned for Aug. 25, and if all goes smoothly on the administrative end, Reyne, her boyfriend and four teenage children will move in the same day.
“We’re going to have our trucks lined up,” she said.
Reyne said the family has helped build the house from the ground up over the past year through the groundbreaking, building and painting, and they are all excited to make it a home.
“I’ve seen it when it was just land — this is our baby,” she said.
Miles Strunc, a Habitat volunteer since 2002, said cleaning, landscaping and the installation of a storage shed are the main tasks left to be done and will likely be completed next week.
“It’s all finished up, basically,” he said.
The organization won’t rest, however, and has set an ambitious project of building two houses at the same time, one in Ennis and one in Waxahachie.
The plans are being drawn and Strunc, who will co-coordinate the construction of the Ennis house with Kerry Gipson, said they hope to begin within the month.
The Ellis County unit has completed about a half-a-dozen projects in the area, including homes in Waxahachie, Ennis and Midlothian, since its inception in 2001.
More information is available at www.ellishabitat.org.
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