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Habitat for Humanity

by Lyle Predmore

From left, Dalton Brownley and Norman Hall compare notes and go over site details for the two Habitat dwelling projects to begin in 2009.
Our Habitat for Humanity (HFH) Middlesex affiliate continues with work that is important to any home building. This is all preparation that must take place before the first nail is driven. This past week, Norman Hall, a local board member and longtime HFH partner, has been working on site plans for two building sites in Topping. Norm and his company, DRW Design Group of Deltaville, have donated site plans and architectural drawings for previous Habitat dwelling projects as well as the current project. This requires a professional person licensed by the Commonwealth to develop these plans taking into account septic data, wetlands data, zoning restrictions, grade elevations, survey information, deeded restrictions and as well as house plans.

Mr. Hall, a member of Philippi Christian Church in Deltaville, is known for donating his expertise to a variety of community projects, beginning with his own church. His contributions have included architectural drawings for the Middlesex Volunteer Rescue Squad facilities in Deltaville, and additional kitchen and restrooms for the Deltaville DCA building.

This past week Mr. Hall was in the office of another local professional, Dalton Brownley of Brownley Land Development of Hartfield. Dalton and his company have also assisted our local Habitat with their professional expertise. Mr. Brownley puts those stakes in the ground with those familiar flags that mark the legal boundaries of our properties. These little markers are the basis for the legal titles which are recorded at the courthouse. Dalton provides his services at a special “Habitat Discount.”

The work of these two local professionals in partnership with our local Habitat affiliate provide important behind-the-scene work. Work that is essential to meeting all the legal requirements involved, essential to providing a sound, dependable construction while, at the same time, reducing the construction costs to provide affordable housing to our community.

For additional information or for donations to HFH Middlesex, write P.O. Box 492, Hartfield VA 23071, or call Lyle Predmore at 776-7319.

posted 03.18.2009

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