LACONIA — To be ready to lead the Lakes Region Parade of Homes during the Columbus Day weekend, the Children's Charity House, built at Windemere Ridge by volunteer tradesmen with donated materials to benefit the WLNH Children's Auction, needs painting.
Dale Squires of Lakes Region Builders and Remodelers Association, whose members have undertaken the project, is calling for volunteers to lend a hand on Tuesday, September 3 by painting the entire interior in just one day.
John Groesser of JG New Age Interiors enlisted four of his competitors — Sherkanowski Drywall, Wyatt Drywall, Cullen Drywall and Vergato Drywall — to do in one week what would have taken one contractor three and by Monday the walls will be ready for painting.
Squires said that volunteers, wearing only broad smiles and painting clothes, are needed to start work on Tuesday at 7 a.m. and put in as much time as they can. The color scheme has been selected by the three interior decorating firms on site and the paint, along with brushes and tools, has been donated. Food and drink will be provided courtesy of the Binnie Media, which owns WLNH-FM.
"It's nothing fancy," Squires said, noting that the interior woodwork will be installed after the walls are painted. "It's mostly using rollers with some cutting into corners and ceilings." he said that paintwork is an opportunity for everyone to contribute to the project, which is the first home built to benefit the auction since the kindergarten children at Woodland Heights School contributed a gingerbread house that fetched $1,000.
The Children's Charity House is a dramatic 2,200-sq.-ft. craftsman-bungalow-style residence, which will be finished with the very finest materials and workmanship, bedecked with color, flooring, artwork and furniture by local professional interior decorators. The wooded property, purchased for a discounted price, with mountain views will be skillfully landscaped.
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 proceeds from the sale, representing the difference between the selling price of the home and the value of the non-donated labor and materials to build it, will be donated to the Children's Auction.
John Groesser (center) of JG New Age Interiors, who corralled the tradesmen from four companies to hang drywall at the Children's Charity House is flanked by Eric Maglio (left) and Roger Carter (right). Groesser's team did in a week what usually takes three. Now the Lakes Region Builders and Remodelers Association, which built the home with volunteer labor and donated material, is recruiting volunteers to paint the interior. (Laconia Daily Siun photo/Michael Kitch).