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Be Our Guest

We sent our resident explorer, JD Dotson, in search of the perfect wedding gifts that will land you on the greatest guest list 

PHOTOS & STORY BY JD DOTSON 

Always looking for the perfect wedding gift that is sentimental or functional (or both!), I have a tendency to skip buying the single salad fork on the registry and look for something special for the couple of the hour. I 100% get the importance of a gift registry, especially if the couple is someone I barely know or just starting out in adulting life together. But I also 100% trust my instincts on giving thoughtful gifts to people I love and in no way have waited until the last minute when the only thing left on the registry is a $600 Vitamix. So, here are a few of my faves that will help land you on the unofficial “Greatest Guest” list you know couples compile. 

 

extolmag_28_ad_final_page_052_image_0002Set of 3 galvanized steel hearts, $19.99 

Ceramic You and Me Dish, $3.99 each 

Instantly feeling the need to redo everything in my house, I had to remind myself to stay focused when I go to PC Home Center. Anything a young couple starting a home together might need can be found in this store. From paint, flooring, windows, cabinets to entire kitchen installations and really cool lighting features, PC Home Center offers gift cards in any denomination to get the project started. Not one to just toss a gift card at a couple without something to open, I found this galvanized steel heart set of three containers, and a couple of “you and me” ceramic ring dishes to compliment. 

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For the bicycle enthusiast couple on your gift list, I fell in love with this Cycle Gathering Table. I even have the perfect spot picked out at home and don’t mind a belated wedding present. 

Cycle Gathering Table $559.99 


PC Home Center 

123 Cherry St., New Albany | 812.944.4444

www.pchomestores.com


extolmag_28_ad_final_page_053_image_0002The blank page cut out letter books have the look of vintage, classic readers digests. They come in a wide and wild variety of cover designs, all 26 letters of the alphabet and the ampersand. Combine the initials of the couple, spell out LOVE, the last name, any romantic word for a functional, customizable and fun gift. 

Everyone needs that chip and dip tray for fancy entertaining. The couple are full-on adults — no more cutting the top of the bag off and screwing off the lid. It is time to actually elevate the chips and dips when company calls. The Nora Fleming line of platters, cake stands, serving trays and chip and dip bowls can be accessorized with “decorative minis.” Every kind of theme is available from summer fun, holidays, baby, even a tiny ceramic zombie hand and they all easily attach to the dish. 

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Nora Fleming Chip and Dip Platter, $43.20 

 

Decorative Minis, $11.66 each 


Ben Franklin Crafts 

420 New Albany Plaza, New Albany | 812.944.1215

www.benfranklinartsandframin.com


extolmag_28_ad_final_page_054_image_0001The best way to get your foodie friends to invite you over for a post-honeymoon meal is to get them amazing things they can use in the kitchen. I love a multifaceted theme gift, and The Olivet delivered. I discovered The Oil and Vinegar Lovers Cookbook by Emily Lycopolus and picked a variety of exotic goodies (Rose’ Wine Balsamic, Blood Orange Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Hawaiian Black Lava Salt and a Citrus Peel Rub) and topped off the gift with a locally-handmade wooden cutting board by Wayne Pepin. I may have had some chocolate and macarons while I shopped. Don’t judge. 

 

Cookbook, $29.95 2 oz. bag of spices or salts, $7 each or three for $18 

375 ML Balsamics, $18.95 

200 ML Olive Oil, $13.95 

Cutting Board, $79.95 


The Olivet 

37 Bank St., New Albany | 812.913.4430 | www.theolivet.com 


extolmag_28_ad_final_page_055_image_0001Georgetown boy meets the love of his life in Clarksville. Wedding toasts follow in the stemless wine glass with etched zip codes. No matter what area the couple grew up in or plan to call home, zip code glasses can be special ordered. 

$9.99 each 

extolmag_28_ad_final_page_055_image_0002The rustic, simple and sweet couple, hand-carved out of wood, painted and embellished is ready to be taken to their new home. Sold individually, they are perfect for every couple. 

$30 each; $60 for the couple 


Madhouse 

151 E. Spring St., New Albany | 812.924.7728 www.madhousena.com 


Walking into True North makes me want to get remarried and put so much hand-made beautiful stuff on my list. I fell in love with the simple driftwood candle holder by Mack Dryden, even though my IKEA coffee table would do it justice. Depending on how much you loved me and my significant other, you could throw in the gorgeous Paul Weddington coffee table it sits on and I wouldn’t hate that one bit. 

extolmag_28_ad_final_page_056_image_0003Driftwood Candle Holder, $45 

Table, $475 

extolmag_28_ad_final_page_056_image_0002Every home should have that beautiful tea set that comes out on special occasions. Dallas Wooten’s soda-fired ceramic tea set deserves a spot in a glass cabinet and carefully taken out when people you love stop in for tea. A really beautiful, functional work of art is an ideal gift. 

Tea set, $120 


True North 

137 E. Market St., New Albany | 502.873.868

www.shoptruenorth812.com


extolmag_28_ad_final_page_057_image_0001The stacks of books that have been on my side tables and coffee table for the past 12 years are the ones I keep telling myself I am going to read. I found a stack of books at LL&A that make the reading quick, easy and perfect for the happy couple. “I was made for loving you baby, you were made for loving me” will now be stuck in your head as well. Top off the gift with a bottle of wine and a congratulatory bottle topper and get yourself out on the dance floor. 

 

Bottle Toppers, $18 

Book Stack $ 172 


LL&A Interior Design 

247 Spring St., Jeffersonville | 812.282.6606

www.leslielewisdesign.com 


extolmag_28_ad_final_page_058_image_0005There is nothing wrong with pre-wedding gift giving. You want the couple to look and feel good on their wedding day, and gift cards to Body & Brow Boutique will take care of both of them head to toe. Facial and body waxing, male waxing, tanning, facials and even makeup application are available. I thought treating the couple to a nice soak with some bath bombs for after the big day would be a good way to start spending the rest of their lives together. 

Gift cards available in any denomination, price list available on the website. 

Bath Bombs, $6.50 


Body & Brow Boutique 

141 E. Spring St., New Albany | 812.225.9191

www.bodyandbrow.com


extolmag_28_ad_final_page_059_image_0005Great as a pre-wedding gift to be used at a reception perhaps, the Love Jar by Gratitude Jars comes with 250 blank foil embossed Love cards. Guests can leave a love note in the jar as a keepsake for the couple after the wedding. Great minds think alike: the Love Jar is one of Oprah and my favorite things, too. 

Love Jar $45.00 

extolmag_28_ad_final_page_059_image_0006Love is Love is Love in these beautifully sweet rendered wedding mugs. Love is a lot of things and I hope every morning starts off the day right with a good cup of coffee with the one you love. 

Coffee Mug, $15 


Regalo 

234 Pearl St., New Albany | 812.542.6567 | www.regaloart.com


 

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More Than Meets The Eye

PC Home Center is a perfect place to pick up gifts and home accents

BY ANGIE FENTON

Summer is the season for relaxing, but it’s also an opportune time to make a few improvements on your home. PC Home Center in New Albany is one of my favorite places to find inspiration, experts and a host of products and services for renovations, remodels and new building projects. It’s also one of my top secret (until now) locales for finding unique home accents and gifts. Here’s an array of items for every budget.


Real Root Console, $1,499.99

Real Root Console, $1,499.99

Bird house, $49.99

Bird house, $49.99

Cutting boards, $16.99 and $29.99

Cutting boards, $16.99 and $29.99

Bird house, $54.99

Bird house, $54.99

Cloth wine bags and trays, $4.99

Cloth wine bags
and trays, $4.99

I Love You Like Biscuits & Gravy Tray, $5.99

I Love You Like Biscuits
& Gravy Tray, $5.99

Hand-Carved Wood Labrador, $89.99

Hand-Carved Wood
Labrador, $89.99

36” Mirror, $324.99

36” Mirror, $324.99

Voluspa Crisp Champagne Candle, $27.99

Voluspa Crisp Champagne Candle, $27.99

Cycle Gathering Table, $599.99 (stools $99.99 each)

Cycle Gathering Table,
$599.99 (stools $99.99 each)

Three Amigos Canvas Art, $49.99

Three Amigos Canvas Art, $49.99

She’s Whiskey In A Teacup Sign, $12.99

She’s Whiskey In A Teacup Sign, $12.99

Don’t Let Anyone Ever Dull Your Sparkle Sign, $8.99

Don’t Let Anyone Ever Dull Your Sparkle Sign, $8.99

Metal Rabbit Clipboard, $5.99

Metal Rabbit Clipboard,
$5.99


PC Home Center

123 Cherry St.

New Albany

812.944.4444

pchomestores.com

@PCHomeCenter

*PC Lumber & Hardware is located at 150 Hunter Station Road in Sellersburg


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A Dream come True

The river home where Leslie Lewis-Sheets and Tommy Sheets reside in Rose Hill 

BY JANICE CARTER LEVITCH | PHOTOS BY CHRISTIAN WATSON

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LESLIE LEWIS-SHEETS and her husband Tommy Sheets always dreamt of living on the river. Leslie shared the dream with her mother, Patty McManus, and her husband, Don McManus. Together, the four were able to purchase a special piece of property overlooking the Ohio River that had been an empty lot since the 1970s. _mg_0621

Originally zoned for multi-family purposes, they were able to have it re-zoned for single-family homes. This enabled the property to be split, and each of the two couples purchased their own lots to design and create their homes. With the idea of two homes sharing a common courtyard between them in the historic Rose Hill district in Jeffersonville, their dream soon became a reality._mg_0894

“We created our own plans for the exterior and interior. Then, we acted as our own general contractors and all of us played a very active role,” Leslie explained. “Don took our project from dirt to the drywall stage. I handled it from that point to completion. Patty acted as our (Chief Financial Officer) and Tommy now acts as our (Chief of Facilities).”_mg_0879-hdr

When the quartet purchased the lot, “the Big Four Pedestrian Bridge had just begun its fabulous renovation, and we feel so fortunate to be where we are. We absolutely love it,” Leslie said.

LL&A Interior Design is Leslie’s interior design business, and to add more magic to her personal fairy tale, it is only one block away — located at 247 Spring St. _mg_0549


“the Big Four Pedestrian Bridge had just begun its fabulous renovation, and we feel so fortunate to be where we are. We absolutely love it,” -Leslie Lewis Sheets


“This is the fifth property we have owned and renovated within downtown Jeffersonville area,” Leslie stated.
_mg_0645-hdrThe breathtaking view of the river has been the focus of the design intent from the beginning of the project. Season to season and sun up to sun down, the ever-changing view is captivating and changes daily. A soothing, neutral color palette was crucial and refrains from competing with the view of the outdoors. Complementing what the homeowners can see from the interior to the exterior bucolic view of the river, the neutral palette also has a pop of color to provide an energizing, positive vibe.

_mg_0775-hdrThe kitchen is washed in soft shades of white, and the countertops are Danby marble, which add a touch of sparkle as the sunshine reflects from the windows that allow an abundance of natural light to enter the room. Wood floors have a warm driftwood finish that adds texture against the polished chrome accents. 

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A master bathroom filled with natural light offers an invitation for relaxation and a spa retreat. Adjacent is the master bedroom that has been carefully curated with quality furnishings that provide a tranquil atmosphere. Touches of gray, ivory and a splash of azul — which means blue in Spanish and Portuguese — make the master suite perfect for a restful place to read a favorite novel or nap during the lazy days of summer._mg_0702


“Our windows act as our art,” -Leslie Lewis Sheets


_mg_0534-hdrThe perfect home for entertaining, the residence also includes an outdoor living space that opens up to a bar and patio area. A large covered balcony is the absolute ‘piece de resistance’ and commands a masterful view of the mighty Ohio River.


Leslie Lewis Sheets

LL&A Interior Design

247 Spring St.

Jeffersonville

812.282.6606 

SoIN Style

An invitation to explore with Extol

There’s so much to love about Southern Indiana, including the places we call home. Whether you own, rent, lease or are selling your abode, we want to see your SoIN style and what makes your pad the preferred place to be.

We’re looking for residences that are old, new, big, little, unique, classic, interesting, futuristic, inspiring, vintage, immaculate, wacky, wonderful, historic, brand-new – and everything in between.

We’ll never give your address or share any identifying information about your home’s whereabouts – unless you ask us to – but will explore what defines your SoIN style in your personal sanctuary.

If you’re interested, send an email to extol@extolmag.com and put “Welcome Home” in the subject line.

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The Color of Love

Angie and Mark Maxwell open the doors to their unique, eclectic Jeffersonville home

BY ALLISON JONES | PHOTOS BY TONY BENNETT

Some creative people are so flexible in their talents, it seems they can do anything. To me, that describes Mark and Angie Maxwell to a T.

The couple’s love of art and music floods their Jeffersonville home. The extensive outdoor living space that includes an in-ground pool and a separate entrance to accommodate Angie’s home business has become the ideal home where family memories are created through their shared love of the arts.

For the Maxwells, it is important that their home be their haven – an oasis from their busy lives. Mark relishes his role as lead singer of The Louisville Crashers along with being the owner of Maxwell’s House of Music, while Angie juggles her home business of Angie Maxwell Makeup Artist/Licensed Esthetician. (This writer commutes from Louisville just to get one of her spray tans.) Most recently, they launched Maxwell’s House of Fitness, where Angie is an instructor and the manager.

But back to their home. Each room features something unexpected and unique. The warmth and colors showcase Angie’s other passion, interior design. She created spaces that designate privacy for both of their occupations along with areas where they can relax, unwind, and hang out with their fur baby, Lampchop.

“Some would describe our home as eclectic or whimsical,” shared Angie. “My goal in decorating was to make it vibrant yet cozy. After all, this is our shelter away from the world.”

Family photographs on color canvases decorate aqua walls in the family room. Tray ceilings add a touch of drama. Vibrant pillows adorn a plush, oversized sofa – found while vacationing in Savannah, Georgia – that is accompanied by a faux fur ottoman. Angie used wine corks to frame the fireplace, adding a playful touch to the room. Her creativity is displayed everywhere you look. Quirky art pieces – like the penny covered torso Angie created – add elements of surprise.

“This seems to be the place where everyone gathers the most,” Angie said recently while standing in the kitchen. Bright orange walls are decorated with family mementos and art created by her grown children, Cruz and Remington. Distressed cabinetry boast stylish hardware. Stools are tucked under a spacious island brightened by pendant light fixtures. Tile countertops are complemented by a tin backsplash while mismatched, upholstered chairs surround an angled farm table that plays host to many family gatherings. A door leads out to the covered “boho” porch that provides an optimal view of the lush landscape, including the inviting pool and a garden that her son Cruz planted as a Mother’s Day gift a few years ago. Angie loves the round, hanging bed with pillows, which is one of their favorite spots to relax. Colorful cotton scarves are used to frame the space. A playful chandelier accentuates the ceiling that features a whimsical sky motif.

The lower level is full of fun and surprises. A story wall showcases brightly painted canvases highlighting special family moments. The theater room is revealed by a “magical” bookcase that doubles as a secret door where only one book unlatches it.

Obviously, music plays an integral part of their lives, so it was fitting to have a space dedicated for rehearsing and creating. Guitars and a flat screen television line the wall in Mark’s rehearsal man cave. Comfortable seating is provided by an accent chair and sofa. Empty frames add a creative display to the charcoal walls.

“Our home is colorful and quirky but feels warm and inviting,” Angie reflected. “Colors are mood changers. There nothing stuffy about our home, and it is a true representation of who we are as a family.”


Angie’s Favorite Décor Shops

Blue Ocean Traders

World Market

At Home

West Elm

AllModern.com

Anthropologie Home

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Making Memories

screen-shot-2018-06-05-at-4-18-35-pmBY ALLISON JONES | PHOTOS BY TONY BENNETT

Floyds Knobs couple thrilled with stunning renovation

Living in their Floyds Knobs home since 2001, Jenny and Sean Stumler have raised two children and spend countless hours building memories with nearby family members. But, with any home that has been lived in for a while, refreshing the décor is always a welcome detour. So, with the help of Karista Hannah – owner/interior designer of Set the Stage – the Stumlers brightened up the space to reflect their collective spirit: relaxed and vibrant.

“I had met Karista during a Homearama in 2015 and immediately felt a connection,” Jenny shared. “We have worked on three different projects since that time and she has never let me down. The renovation itself took about five months. We had to move out, but fortunately, we had a family member who was moving and still had their previous home for us to use.”

The style of the home was darker and constricted, so they opted to eliminate walls in order to improve the flow. Newly added architectural elements, stylish furniture, accessories, and lighting were all the elements needed to breathe new life into this family home.

Reclaimed beams add a rustic touch to the space and architectural details, like the trim, accentuate the room. White cabinets are complemented by the island painted in a dark hue. Pendant lights hover over the expansive island that includes stylish bar chairs. The breakfast nook includes table and chairs overlooking the outdoor entertaining area that features a pool.

“What I love about working with Karista is that she is very conscience of costs and is eager to repurpose furniture,” Jenny said.

A large console – a focal point in the great room – was painted and given a new look. It plays host to family collectibles and a flat screen television. Checkered upholstery cloaks the plush club chairs and pairs well with the sofa and leather chair for comfortable seating. Pedestal accent tables host stylish lamps, and a metal chandelier adds drama to the room.

“The ceiling was already in place, but we decided to give it a more rustic appearance and then added the chandelier,” Jenny reflected as we chatted about the master bedroom. The vibe is relaxed and tranquil while the décor is simple and understated. Crisp linens dress the bed accentuated with a tufted headboard. Patterned drapes frame the windows that provide a view of the lush landscape surrounding their home. Inviting wingback chairs flank an accent table. Collectibles are displayed on the ornate dresser while an elegant mirror is propped against the wall.

“Now that our children our grown, we had talked about downsizing,” said Jenny, “but this is home, and we want them to be able to come back and visit the place where our memories have been made.”


Karista’s Paint Picks for the Stumler Home

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Home Expo Represents “Dream Time” For Home Builders and Buyers in Southern Indiana

The good news is: The dream is back. After four years, Home Expo is back in Southern Indiana this summer.

The bad news? There really isn’t any.

That’s the estimation of Charlie Smith, CEO of the Building and Development Association of Southern Indiana (BDASI).

“The recession was a tough time for the housing industry,” Smith said. “People stopped buying. Builders stopped building. Lenders stopped lending. It was a standstill.”

In 2013, after years of putting on the annual Home Expo – a building and housing showcase of what builders could do and what was available on the market – BDASI put the event on hiatus. But, said Smith, the time is exactly right to start exhibiting homes again.

And not just homes, he said, “but what we feel are the best of the best. The crown jewels of the building industry. It’s time to dream again.”

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The site of this year’s expo, which begins June 17, will be Champions Pointe, a luxury resort-style community in Memphis, Ind. The expo will feature a selection of new homes in various styles. The homes are all fully furnished and decorated. No two houses are alike. However, said Smith, they represent the very best of what today’s builders are capable of, at price points starting at $550,000.

“This,” he said, “represents what the building industry can do – and what we do best.”

Besides, he said, Champions Pointe is a glorious setting to serve as a showcase.

Representatives of these companies will be on hand to discuss how they are able to work for interested buyers. It may be buying a particular house. It may be building the same home on another plot in Champions Pointe or a similar home somewhere else.

Various suppliers – of materials, furnishings, kitchens, countertops and the like – will be on hand, as well, to explain their work on display in the show homes and all the various things they have to offer. Everything from a fully furnished kitchen to a paint color that an attendee might like.

Smith said the homes on display represent a brand-new section of Champions Pointe, a premier development situated on the beautiful backdrop of one of the resort-style golf courses designed and built by Southern Indiana’s own Fuzzy Zoeller, Masters and U.S. Open champion who won 10 PGA tour events and was the USGA golfer of the year in 1985.

The development also features amenities that include a swimming pool, best-in-class clubhouse and the area’s only private splash park. Tennis courts are coming, too.

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Platinum sponsors include Signature Countertops and Coronado Stone.

For a full list of the sponsors involved, please visit BDASIHomeExpo.com.

“There are a lot of other home events out there, and a lot of fluff,” said Smith. “Our event has substance. That’s why we’ve waited since 2013. That’s why we feel now is the time.”

Champions Pointe is located at 1820 Champions Club Lane in Henryville, three miles west of I-65, off Exit 16 – 15 minutes from downtown Louisville.

The eight-day event begins June 17, and runs through June 25. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays; 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays. Admission is $10 per person.

More information is available on the association’s website, bdasihomeexpo.com.

“This is the Home Expo the way it’s intended to be,” Smith said. “The types of houses people dream about.”

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The Building & Development Association of Southern Indiana is a local non-profit membership association dedicated to serving the housing industry by advancing professional growth and providing quality, affordable housing for the community. While a large portion of its membership is builders, about two-thirds of its membership is in closely related fields such as mortgage financing, building products and design. Associate memberships are available to providers of products or services to home builders. They might sell lumber, windows or appliances, or offer services such as land development or financing expertise.

There’s also a Builder Level Membership for any person whose business is the construction, remodeling or renovation of housing. In addition to Home Expo, BDASI also puts on the Parade of Homes, this year scheduled for the fall.

BDASI HOME EXPO

WHEN: June 17-25

WHERE: Champions Pointe, 1820 Champions Club Lane in Henryville

COST: $10 per person

MORE INFO: bdasihomeexpo.com

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In the Habit

Habitat for Humanity Clark & Floyd Indiana seeks service and land

By Mandy Wolf Detwiler

Habitat for Humanity International is a global non-profit organization founded in 1976. Though its spotlighted projects include the construction of affordable housing in conjunction with potential homeowners and dozens of volunteers, it also provides educational programming designed to help those homeowners afford, care for and stay in their homes.

Jerry Leonard, executive director for Habitat for Humanity Clark & Floyd Indiana, says the organization has been serving this area for more than 25 years. He joined as executive director about a year and a half ago. “I wanted to be a part of the organization just because of what the impact has been and the services we provide,” Leonard says. “It’s not just building homes. It’s more than that. It’s building the hope (and) building self-reliance. Building is just the activity that we do there.”

Since its founding, Habitat for Humanity Clark & Floyd Indiana has constructed nearly 50 homes for local homeowners.

Once a homeowner is accepted and completes orientation, Leonard says the goal is to have the person in a house ¬ – or starting a home – within 12 months. An existing home may be rehabbed or built from the ground up.

“We start figuring out how they’re going to put in their sweat equity,” Leonard says. “They’re going to have to put in 450 hours of sweat equity.”

Also, education classes are completed, including obtaining financing and budgeting.

“We’re teaching them financial stability along with housing stability,” Leonard explains.

ex2Habitat for Humanity applicants typically follow the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) guidelines. “Most of homeowners are going to fall somewhere between the 30 percent and 60 percent of the average median income for our area,” Leonard says. “It fluctuates by family size of what that could be, but it usually falls somewhere between as low as $14,000 for one and the maximum is around $28,000 per year based on HUD.”

Critical to Habitat for Humanity are the hundreds of volunteers who have offered time, money and expertise throughout the years. Leonard says many of the volunteers come from local organizations, networking or simply individuals with extra time and skills to give. Leonard says a minimum of three to four people are needed in order to build.

“We’re available to build Tuesday through Saturday, but Saturdays are the most popular,” he says. “We have a lot of church groups as well. We have people who have volunteered as part of a group and have had wonderful experiences and come back with their families.”

If they can’t find, say, an electrician to volunteer his time and licensing, that cost has to be paid to the contractor. “So far we’ve been blessed,” Leonard says. “If we need help, our vendors help up out.”

Gail Bryant’s house was the fourth home completed. She started construction in the early 1990s and recently made her last payment of a 20-year loan. Bryant learned about Habitat for Humanity from a co-worker who was working toward her own Habitat home in Louisville.

“I got in there and got all gung-ho,” Bryant laughs. “You could have called me ‘Tool Man Taylor’ back then. … It was a great learning experience. It was kind of exciting because I sat there and I could see where my electrical was going in. I see this. I see that. Back then, the mind wasn’t a terrible thing to waste. I remembered a lot of things. But the time I got finished, I thought ‘Well, I could build my own house!’ I learned things I didn’t think I’d ever know.”

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Leonard says teaching self-sufficiency to homeowners like Bryant is a fundamental part of the Habitat building process. “You don’t necessary expect them to pay out money,” he says. “Sometimes you can fix things on your own. We’re trying to teach you how to be a good homeowner.”

Over the years, Bryant has contacted Habitat foremen and asked for tips on how to fix things on her own. “That’s another money saver,” she says. “Everybody was always great. If they didn’t know the answer, they’d find it for me.”

Adds Leonard: “As we say, once you’re in the Habitat family, you’re always family no matter what.” Habitat for Humanity Clark and Floyd Indiana is in need of volunteers, but also funding and property in Floyd and Clark counties.

“Donations are a huge piece of it,” Leonard says. We have no federal, local or state funding. Everything we get is through the community itself.”

To volunteer, call 812.948.1235 or visit newalbanyhfh.org. (The organization will soon move to a newly redesigned Web site at habitatcfi.org.)