MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- More than 70 sponsors contributed more than $70,000 in materials and labor to build Habitat for Humanity of the Eastern Panhandle's 29th home in a blitz this week in Martinsburg.
After Friday's dedication ceremony, Habitat for Humanity executive director Ashley K. Laton said builders had the home framed Monday evening after starting the day with only a brick-stamped concrete foundation.
"I just could not stop saying, 'Wow!'," Laton said of the rapid pace of the construction.
The two-story, 1,200-square-foot home along Boston Street and yet-to-be built Humanitarian Way is the first home in Auburndale, a planned subdivision off Randolph Street.
Built in collaboration with Eastern Panhandle Home Builders Association Inc., the project was Habitat for Humanity's fifth "blitz build."
Susan Butcher, who was presented with the keys to the vinyl-sided house at Friday's celebration, said she gained newfound appreciation for home construction after watching contractors work long hours this week, including some who worked in Thursday's rainy weather to get the project done.