LACONIA — A home which is being built by local builders to benefit the WLNH Children's Auction is rapidly taking shape in the Windermere Ridge development off from Parade Road.
Crews from Hayward and Company Log and Timber Homes have completely framed and roofed what will become a 2,200-square-foot, three bedroom home on Turner Way which will go on the market this fall as the featured property in the 2013 Lakes Region Parade of Homes.
The project is being undertaken by the Lakes Region Builders and Remodelers Association (LRBRA) with the proceeds from the sale going to the 32nd annual auction in December.
''We're making good progress and getting a lot of contributions of time, materials and efforts from our members,'' said Bob Glassett of Pella Windows and Doors, treasurer of the LRBRA, who supervised as members of the association and the Children's Auction board of directors showed up Tuesday afternoon to help clean up the construction site.
He said that Mike Hayward of Hayward Construction volunteered to serve as general contractor for the project which recently had excavation work donated by JF Kimball Excavation LLC and the foundation poured by Southern NH Concrete. Quality Insulation then sealed and insulated the foundation and a large crew from Hayward framed and roofed the house.
Glassett said that from now until the house is completed, every Tuesday afternoon will be a work session for volunteers from the Children's Auction board of directors and members of the association,
He said that he's impressed with the enthusiasm shown for the project and is currently looking for a paving contractor to volunteer to do the access road and parking area.
Dale Squires, executive director of the LRBRA, said that dozens of local firms have pitched in on the project, the most ambitious ever undertaken by the group.
''Harris Family Furniture is completely furnishing the home, so that whoever buys it can move in the day they close on the property,'' said Squires, who said that Baron's Major Brands is supplying appliances.
He said that others who have contributed include, Morin Electric, which will wire the home; Pella Windows and Doors; F.W. Webb; Middleton Lumber; New Hampshire Hardwoods; and Gilford Well; along with several builders and craftsmen — Mask Construction, Twin Oaks Construction, Alan Mann Home Improvements, K.A. Clason Fine Woodworking and Custance Brothers Woodworking.
Known as the Children's Charity House, the home will be marketed for sale by RE/MAX Bayside Realty starting in early fall and will be opened to the public on Columbus Day weekend.
''We're sure that a lot of people are going to be interested in the quality of the materials and workmanship that are going into this home,'' said Squires.
''It's going to have the very best in artwork and furniture and be beautifully landscaped,'' said Squires.
The association purchased the two-acre lot in the Windermere Ridge subdivision at a discounted price and Franklin Savings Bank is financing the purchase of the lot and construction of the house.
Laconia Mayor Michael Seymour, who is a member of the board of directors of the Children's Auction, said that he is tremendously impressed by the support the local builders group has gained for the project and the generosity of businesses which are making donations or providing materials and furnishings at deep discounts.
''It's really an awesome project,'' said Seymour.
Ed Darling, Children's Auction volunteer for 30 years, Laconia Mayor Michael Seymour and Molly King of 98.3 WLNH, help clean up the construction site of the Children's Auction Charity House which is being built in the Windermere Ridge development off from Parade Road in Laconia. (Roger Amsden/for The Laconia Daily Sun)