Grand County family looks forward to their new Habitat home for the holidays
December 14, 2008
Just before the Habitat for Humanity’s dedication ceremony on Saturday, Korianne Hardman, 14, and her friend Sheila sat on the newly carpeted floor in Korianne’s soon-to-be very-own bedroom.
White curtains and furniture she “loves” ” a bed, nightstand and a nice dresser with a mirror given to the family from friends ” will soon complete her room, she said.
Having her own room has been a long-awaited privilege since the Hardman family was selected to be Grand County Habitat for Humanity’s seventh recipient of a low-mortgage home.
Korianne has shared a bedroom with little brother Noah for the past four years in a two-bedroom, one-bathroom basement apartment in Granby, where her family has lived for 10 years.
Brother Conor, 16, shared his bedroom with Mathew, 7.
The living room in the apartment doubled as a bedroom, a space where Noah kept his toys and Mom Kristen and Dad Craig slept on the pull-out couch.
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The apartment accounted for 40 percent of the family’s income, but a steady rent kept them there.
“A lot of times we went to look for a place with more than two bedrooms, but we found that rent would be two times as much,” said Kristen in 2006, just after the family was accepted as a Habitat recipient.
In the freshly painted new home in Hot Sulphur Springs, Conor too will have his own room across the hall from his sister on the basement level. The level is the entire size of the family’s existing Granby apartment. No longer will the family of six have to share the same bathroom.
For Kristen, one of her favorite features is the walk-in closet in the master bedroom. She won’t be forced to store clothes and shoes in a hall closet, and for the first time since their eldest was 6, the couple will find out what real privacy feels like.
Mathew and Noah will share a room, with two separate closets and walls painted blue. The family was given a bunk-bed for the boys.
Kristen also appreciates the mudroom at the front entrance of the modest four-bedroom, two-bathroom home and the ability to have a larger dining room table than what was possible in the old apartment. Their new home has two living spaces.
Standing in his new home, Craig, who works for Alpine Lumber in Granby, admits he has nostalgic feelings about the little apartment where he and his wife raised their young children.
The family is active in the Church of Latter-day Saints in Granby, and in service for others has helped to build other Habitat for Humanity homes in the community.
Close friends would advise Craig and Kirsten they should apply for a Habitat home themselves, but it took some convincing before they actually did. They always felt that there were people who were worse off then them, they said.
Many local businesses contributed materials to the project, and as many as 477 people worked to help build the Hardman’s home in the past two years.
“This is just an amazing tribute to the community,” said Habitat Executive Director Joan Boyle during the dedication ceremony.
As part of the contract with Habitat, the family itself devoted many hours to the project. Kristen said she learned how to do everything from framing, to staining, to installing all the doorknobs in the home.
The home’s certificate of occupancy is expected to be issued this week. Meanwhile, the Hardmans’ belongings are packed awaiting the official move-in day.
The timing is right, just before the holidays. The Hardmans will be hosting the family dinner this year.
“A lot of it will be just relaxing and enjoying the house,” Kristen said.
And for the first time she can remember, Kristen will put a Christmas tree in front of a picture window where others can see it.
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