Through generosity and hard work, another family will have the opportunity to live in an affordable home in Mauston.
Habitat for Humanity of Adams and Juneau Counties held an open house on Wednesday to unveil its newest home at 408 Grant Street on the north side of Mauston. Mauston High School construction teacher Mike Borreson and several of his students worked on the house for several months. In addition, many area businesses provided financial support and materials for the house.
Since the house hasn’t been matched with a family applicant yet, Habitat for Humanity is offering it for sale on the open market. The ranch style home carries an asking price of $130,000.
“It’s not a typical thing, but we were just put in a situation where we had this one put on the market,” Borreson said.
The house on Grant Street was built by seniors in Borreson’s construction technology class during the 2015-16 school year. The process allowed students to gain a hands-on experience of constructing a house from the floor to the roof.
“We assisted with other sub-contractors for electricity and plumbing,” Borreson said. “We help out in other ways so students can get the full experience.”
Borreson said community support was instrumental in building the house. Habitat for Humanity builds a new home in Mauston every year.
“We had 12 seniors work on it. They’ve all graduated and went on to various fields,” Borreson said. “This class was a great opportunity to get real-life experiences and they can use them to hopefully work on a house or remodel one in the future. It’s fun to see them pick up the skills. Now they can drive by this house every day and say, ‘Hey, I built that house.’”
The house features a finished 9-foot basement with two downstairs bedrooms and a full bath. It has a log-sided recreation room and ample storage. Upstairs, the kitchen is spacious with new Whirlpool appliances. Overall, the home has four bedrooms, two bathrooms and has 2,112 square feet of space.
“Usually we try to build it with three bedrooms on one floor and keep the basement unfinished,” Borreson said. “This year, because we built a shallower house for depth, we’ve put two bedrooms in the basement and finished those off. It’s a very nice house. It looks small from the street, but once you get in, you see how big it is.”
MHS has worked with Habitat for Humanity for four years. Borreson said this year’s construction class has already starting building a new house on Sherman Street to be unveiled next fall.
Stacy Pahlke, Director of Operations for Habitat, said the organization has financing options for families to afford the house, if they have solid credit.
“We have to make sure families can still afford the house, because they still have to pay a mortgage, but it’s a very low percentage rate,” Borreson said.
To donate supplies for new homes, call the Habitat for Humanity Restore in Mauston at 608-847-2000. For those interested in viewing or purchasing the house, call Pahlke at the aforementioned number or send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.