It’s been a very busy year for us here at Mottram Architecture, but today I want to take a moment and highlight a project that we are really proud of.
If you follow us, you may have already seen some posts we have shared about this project which kicked off in December of 2016. With the help of more than 15 organizations, 30 people and 22 students, this home became a reality for two very deserving people on July 1st 2017. With a lot of love and a few back breaking hours (mostly shoveling) what was a prototype we developed for home replacement with Western Maine Community Action became the first in what we hope is a series of home replacements that might happen across the state of Maine.
We firmly believe that everyone should have access to a great place to live. And in Maine, that means having a warm, dry, and healthy home for what we consider “9 months of winter”. Okay, I exaggerate, but with a lot of thought we were able to accomplish “less square footage with way more room” The students at Foster Tech were out building this home in the 20 degree weather all through the winter. They shoveled more snow here at the job site then they probably did at their own homes! Shovel the ground, shovel the roof!
When I was in high school, my grandfather was a contractor, and together we participated in a number of community projects through our church where we helped to rehab homes. So when Bill, at Western Maine Community Action, asked if I would help them develop a prototype for a home replacement program, I jumped at the opportunity. It meant a lot to me that they wanted to provide the most efficient housing that they could and when I found out that they were partnering with the local trade high school I was even more excited to participate. The ways we build are constantly changing and it’s so rewarding to see these students graduate with construction skills and additional knowledge on how to build better in cold climates.
If you’d like to read more about this project and the people who were involved, check out the following articles that have been written (and maybe a few I missed) since we started construction in January.
In July this project was shared nationally through the Community Action eNews:
It all started two years ago when Pam and Joe, weary of putting out pans to catch the drips from the leaky roof and patching in new flooring where the soggy, particle-board underlayment had finally given way, showed up at Western Maine Community Action to ask about a low-interest loan to replace the roof.
Read about how something wonderful happened, all because a community – in the broadest sense of the word – saw fit to help an aging couple stay put. It’s a model Bill Crandall, who manages the Housing and Energy Program for Western Maine Community Action hopes to replicate all over Maine.
Along with this article written by the Press Herald July 23rd 2017
In March, the Maine Community Foundation shared the following article:
And below are the three articles written after the ground breaking in December
And if that isn’t enough information, feel free to join us at the Maine Affordable Housing Conference on September 22nd, where WMCA, Foster Tech, and Mottram Architecture will be presenting more on this project.