Idea House' nears completion
FINAL TOUCHES Leslie Williams paints around a door frame of a house at 2124 25th Ave., which is being built by Lauderdale County Habitat for Humanity. The Idea House will be showcased beginning Thursday. Photo by Paula Merritt/The Meridian Star
By Chris Allen Baker / staff writer
April 12, 2002
It started as an idea with a triple purpose: raising money for a good cause, giving a family a new home and giving other homeowners decorating hints for their own homes.
Next Thursday, supporters of Lauderdale County Habitat for Humanity expect the concept to become reality as they open an "Idea House" at 2124 25th Ave. that will feature decorating ideas such as furniture, paintings, pictures, rugs and lamps furnished by local businesses.
The Idea House will be unveiled Thursday at a pre-opening house party sponsored by Community Bank at the home of Bill and Sally Scaggs on Poplar Springs Drive. Attendees will hear a brief presentation, visit the Idea House and return to the Scaggs' home for a reception. Tickets to the house party are $25 and are available through Community Bank.
Chuck Nicholson, president of Community Bank, said Habitat's projects play a vital role in the community.
The Idea House will be open to the public April 19-29, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. on Sundays.
Proceeds from the house party and Idea House will go to the building of another Habitat house in the fall, Rush said.
After April 29, Idea House items will be removed, except for curtains and draperies. The house will then become the home of Andrew and Alice Dean.
The project includes donated help from Lauderdale County inmates, students from Meridian Community College's Building Trades program, the Meridian Home Builders Association and McLain Plumbing.
Habitat for Humanity is an international ecumenical Christian ministry that helps build homes for those who qualify. Families pay $500 as a down payment and are required to invest 500 sweat-equity hours in construction.