Just Call Me Joy Holmes!

Call me crazy but I’ve always wanted to learn how a home is built and constructed. As a Realtor I sell homes, but I really don’t know too much about how they are actually constructed. So on May 22nd, I went to a build site in Scarborough to “help out” for Habitat for Humanity. I say this with a bit of hesitation as I wasn’t really sure I actually had anything to offer. I was pretty sure I would be more of a liability on a construction site than anything. With great surprise I was wrong.

The build site was located at Hainsford Street and consisted of 16 semi detached energy star homes. Habitat for Humanity provides budget friendly housing to families who qualify. I was in a group of about 8 other volunteers – funny enough I was on the older side. Apparently Habitat for Humanity is a great way for students looking to get into the industry to get their co-op hours. I kind of felt like the odd duck, as these 17 years old all knew the construction lingo and were teaching me how to use a hammer, climb scaffolding etc. We put on our hard hats, steel toed boots and tool belts and spent most of the day nailing plywood to the outside of the home and taking down scaffolding. I must say I had a great time, learned a lot and felt good helping out. I look forward to doing it again soon.

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