LACONIA — A home which was built by local contractors to benefit the annual WLNH Children's Auction is already drawing interest from prospective buyers.
Opened to the public for the first time over the weekend as the featured property in the 2013 Lakes Region N.H. Parade of Homes Tour, the 2,200-square-foot, three bedroom home on Turner Way in the Windermere Ridge development off from Parade Road was built by members of the Lakes Region Builders and Remodelers Association (LRBRA) .
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, with the net proceeds from the sale going to the 32nd annual auction in December.
He said that the craftsman, bungalow style home, which is priced at $399,000, has drawn interest from a number of people.
''We had 300 people through here Saturday and Sunday and several of them came back a second time. That's a good sign,'' said Squires, who was hoping that the number of people making the home tour would reach 500 by the end of the Columbus Day weekend.
Among those walking the public through the home were Bob Glassett of Pella Windows and Doors, treasurer of the LRBRA, who came up with the idea for building the home as a fundraiser for the children's auction and is well known for his offer of ''wicked good deals'' he made in television ads for Uncle Hilde's, a Tilton lumber dealer, several years ago.
Glassett, who served as on-site supervisor throughout the project, said that one of the biggest boosts to the entire project came from Mike Hayward of Hayward Construction, who volunteered to serve as general contractor.
Crews from Hayward and Company Log and Timber Homes completely framed and roofed the home in less than a week in mid-July, enabling a jump start on other parts of the project .
Hayward, who was also at the home over the weekend, said that his crews spent a total of 270 hours working on the project and that he logged innumerable hours himself.
''I'm really pleased with how it turned out and the quality of workmanship that is evident throughout the entire home,'' said Hayward.
Patti Phelps of All in the Details, LLC - Interior Design, said of the finished home that she and other interior designers were receiving a lot of praise from those who toured the home for how wonderful it looked but that it was all the work done by others which helped set the stage.
''We had the fun part, decorating the home, that was highly visible. But all those who volunteered for work on other parts of the project, from the foundation, to drywall and electrical made that possible.'' said Phelps.
Others who helped her included The Home Beautiful, Decorative Interiors and Sandra Curtis Designs, while the Harris Family Furniture store completely furnished the home, all of the interior decorations, furnishings, artwork, window treatments and supplemental floor coverings available for optional purchase, creating a move-in-ready residence for any growing family or retiring couple.
AM HVAC, PENCO Plumbing & Heating, Gilford Well, and Baron's Major Brands Appliances all made donations of products and services.
Others who contributed included Morin Electric, which wired 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.
The association purchased the two-acre lot in the Windermere Ridge subdivision at a discounted price and Franklin Savings Bank financed the purchase of the lot and construction of the house.
Recently 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 weeks to do in order for interior painting to be completed by volunteers in mid-September.
Chris Burke Stone Masonry and Belknap Landscape Company combined to install functional outdoor living spaces.
The home is being marketed by Chris Kelly of Re/Max Bayside, who will take a reduced commission to market and sell the home.
Laconia Mayor Michael Seymour, who is a member of the board of directors of the Children's Auction, said last month that he is tremendously impressed by the support the local builders group gained for the project and the generosity of businesses which made donations or provided materials and furnishings at deep discounts.
''It's really an awesome project,'' said Seymour.
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Bob Glassett of Pella Windows and Doors, treasurer of the The Lakes Region Builders & Remodelers Association; Mike Hayward of Hayward Construction, who volunteered as general contractor for the WLNH Children's Auction Charity House, and Patti Phelps of All in the Details Interior Design, greeted people touring the 2,200 square foot craftsman style bungalow home over the weekend. (Roger Amsden/for the Laconia Daily Sun)