As the Lavender family prepares to move in to its brand new home in Carbondale and another pair of families settle into a new duplex in Silt, Habitat for Humanity of the Roaring Fork Valley is already hard at work on the next stage of building.
Two more of Habitat’s 12 lots in Keator Grove already boast foundations for homes that should house the Davis and Snell families by the end of next summer, and the local affiliate is also looking at land in Basalt and Aspen.
At the Lavender home’s dedication ceremony on Sunday night, however, the main focus for 200 attendees’ admiration was the nearly 3,000-square-foot, ADA-compliant-plus, LEED platinum Lavender house.
“It’s probably the largest, nicest, most expensive Habitat home built anywhere in the world,” observed Scott Gilbert, president of Habitat for Humanity of the Roaring Fork Valley.
The valley’s 17th Habitat house was designed by Scott McHale and Mark Rudolph and has a host of special features for Adam Lavender, who suffered a spinal cord injury in a biking accident in April 2012 and ended up in a wheelchair. The elevator, therapy room, steam shower, ceiling lift and other custom elements will allow Adam to enjoy a relatively normal life with his wife, Tanell, and his daughters, Ananda, 7, and Aliyn, 2.
Even before breaking ground last summer, the Lavender house benefited from tremendous support from the community. An unprecedented outpouring of volunteer hours, materials donation and financial assistance made the house possible. The design goes above and beyond to support the family’s needs and fit the character of the neighborhood and the environmental consciousness of the town. A LEED platinum certification for energy efficiency is unheard of for a private home on the Western Slope, and a recently conducted blower door test for airtightness yielded one of the best results Carbondale has seen.
“I really got to see what a wonderful community we live in through all of this,” Tanell Lavender told the gathering. “We’re really grateful that we can be in town.”
“Today we are celebrating the culmination of family, friendship, a compassionate loving community, and the vision of Habitat for Humanity,” Adam Lavender added. “To me, this home is a temple of good intention. To me it is sacred.”