CHP Brings Log Cabin Into the 21st CenturyPosted on Dec 5th, 2007
MIddletown, Va. - Thanks to the collaborative efforts of CHP and Help With Housing, the Fink family of Middletown, Virginia no longer dreads the onset of winter weather.
When Virginia-based Help with Housing first arrived at the Fink home, they were just expecting to help the family of five with their electrical system. However, once they began assessing the home, they realized they could do so much more with the help of other community partners such as CHP’s Energy Services department.
The original historic log cabin and the addition that sheltered the Fink family had severe electrical and structural issues, no insulation or drywall throughout most of the home, and boards where windows should have been. After they learned of the Fink’s poor living conditions, CHP’s Energy Services department immediately dispatched a team to install a new wood stove, as well as insulation of the second floor and attic.
“Before our home was renovated, it was like living in a barn,” said Alan Fink, who works in the maintenance department with the Town of Middletown. “Not only could you see through the walls, but during the winter we were basically heating the outside.”
According to Paula Costello, Executive Director of Help With Housing, the original scope and scale of this project was daunting. “Typically, we try to keep our projects less than $2,500. However, we’ve found that with rising costs, even small repairs seem to go over that. And this project was above and beyond the projects we usually tackle,” said Costello.
Relief came when over 50 volunteers and community organizations pulled together last May to tear down the existing drywall and paneling, fix the extensive electrical and structural problems, paint, and provide the Fink family with new furniture, clothes, and a washer and dryer.
“This project really was the result of the entire community,” said Ken Deis, Project Manager of Help with Housing. “If you added up the cost of the donated time and labor, about $40,000 went into this project. However, we still had other repairs we needed to address, which is why the services of organizations like CHP were so important to us.”
CHP has worked with Help with Housing in the past to provide weatherization services to the Frederick County area, but this is the first project the two organizations have worked on extensively together.