GILFORD — Meeting last night at Patrick's Pub & Eatery, some three dozen members of the Lakes Region Builders and Remodelers Association (LRBRA) unveiled their plans to build, landscape and decorate a 2,200-square foot, three bedroom home in Laconia, which will be sold to benefit the 32nd WLNH Children's Auction in December.
Ed Darling, a 30-year veteran of the auction team, reminded the group of contractors, craftsmen and suppliers that "this will not be the first time we've sold a house," explaining that the kindergarten pupils at Woodland Heights School contributed a gingerbread house that one year sold for $1,000. "The person who bought it donated it back to the auction and we sold it again for $120," he remarked.
Bob Glassett of Pella Windows and Doors, treasurer of the LRBRA, declined to estimate the return to the auction, which would be the difference between the selling price of the home and the value of the non-donated labor and materials to build it. "I don't know, but if it's $5,000 it would be $5,000 than the auction didn't have," he said, prompting one of the members to say "we'll do everything we can to make it much more."
Mike Hayward of Hayward Construction, LLC,, who has volunteered to serve as the general contractor, told the members "the more we can drive the cost down, the more money we'll have in the end."
Glassett said that the idea of building a house for the auction sprang from a telephone conversation after the close of the event two years ago. He called Hayward to ask how much the auction raised. After telling him the final tally topped $331,000, Hayward wondered "I don't know what they're going to do next. Maybe we'll build a house." Gassett recalled that "the line went silent."
Yesterday the association entered a purchase and sales agreement to acquire one of the 16 remaining two-acre lots at Windemere Heights off Parade Road in Laconia, a 31-lot subdivision between the Prescott and Paugus Bay state forests. Glassett said that by discounting the price of the land, the seller made the first donation to the project.
Franklin Savings Bank is financing the purchase of the lot and construction of the house.
The cost of constructing the house will be determined by the number of hours and volume of materials that are donated. Hayward called for volunteers last night and already more than a dozen have enlisted. Southern New Hampshire Poured Concrete has offered to do all the concrete work and Morin Electric has offered to wire the home. Pella Windows and Doors, F.W. Webb, Middleton Lumber, New Hampshire Hardwoods, and Gilford Well have agreed to contribute, along with several builders and craftsmen — Mask Construction, Twin Oaks Construction, Alan Mann Home Improvements, K.A. Clason Fine Woodworking and Custance Brothers Woodworking, LLC.
Doug Carignan of Melcher and Prescott Insurance remarked "I have no skills, but I'd like to help."
Meanwhile, a team has designed the house, a bungalow in the craftsman style with a subfloor and two stories, together with a full length porch at the front and deck at the rear. The subfloor houses the mechanicals, a storage are and family room. The living and dining rooms, along with the master bedroom and small office are the first floor and two bedrooms, with sheared bath, and a spare room are on the second. It will be built to qualify as an "energy star home." Patti Phelps of All in the Details, LLC is assembling a team of interior designers to decorate and furnish the home.
Chris Kelly of Re/Max Bayside, who will take a reduced commission to market and sell the home, said that he expects it will be priced between $320,000 and $350,000, but stressed that "it's true value will much greater because of the quality of the materials and workmanship that will go into it. Whoever buys this home will get a once in a lifetime bargain."
The house will also featured in the annual Parade of Homes, sponsored by the LRBRA, which last year drew more than 2,700 people who visited seven homes. Phelps, who manages the event, said that the proceeds from tickets sales for this year's event will be donated to the Children's Auction.
Hayward said that he intends to break ground around the middle of May.
CAPTION: Members of the team that will finance, build and sell a home built by the Lakes Region Builders and Remodelers Association (LRBRA) to benefit the WLNH Children's Auction surround a rendering of the craftman's bungalow to be constructed at Windemere Heights in Laconia. From left to right, Andre Tremblay of Franklin Savings Bank, Chris Kelly of Re/Max Bayside, Mike Hayward of Hayward Construction, LLC, Bob Glassett, treasurer of the LRBRA, Ed Darling of the Children's Auction and Mike Trombly of Binnie Media, owner of WLNH. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Michael Kitch)