KNOXVILLE (WATE) – In a little more than five weeks WATE 6 On Your Side will help break ground on Habitat for Humanity’s 500th home in Knoxville.
The Lanxter family will be living there by the end of the year. The excitement is growing and we were there at one of their final meetings, before the home starts to take shape.
Each decision made will will help define the place Tim and Tateanna Lanxter will call home. From cabinets, to flooring, to paint colors, this project years in the making is now becoming a reality.
“It is kind of a blur right now, I didn’t know we would have this many choices. It may take us a while to figure this out,” said Tateanna Lanxter.
While the Lanxters are busy making these final decisions, the kids are busy getting back into the swing of back to school activities. Still even with their hectic schedules, Tateanna Lanxter said they, too, are getting more excited about their first ever house.
“They ask me all the time when the first day they get to go,” she said.
This anticipation is something Habitat workers say they begin to see the weeks leading up to a build. At this point, the paperwork is signed and the homeowner has already logged countless hours of work, before the first nail is even hammered at their build site.
“Most of our families will be in the program will be in for a year or 2 years before they start building a home. It is not a quick fix,” said Phil Watson with Habitat.