House moved from Hudson helps charities
A lone house was still standing on a parcel of land that David Robson and Brian Zeller, owners of the development firm Ban-Tara LLC, were ready to turn into a retail property in Hudson in the spring of 2005.
Instead of razing the home, they contacted local businesses and garnered support to move the house to a lot they purchased in New Richmond at a bargain price from K&S Development of River Falls.
The plan in the spring of 2005 was to move the house and refurbish it completely with volunteer labor once it landed in New Richmond. Then Robson and Zeller planned to put it on the market and sell it.
The men decided to donate the bulk of the money made on the home to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Wisconsin.
"Most of the money will go to Big Brothers Big Sisters," Robson said. "But some of the local companies that donated their time and expertise to have the house moved and refurbished requested some of the proceeds benefit their favorite charity, so we will honor that."
Robson said it took awhile to put the plan together, but the house was finally moved to New Richmond in September 2007 by Tri-State Movers of Holmen.
F&K Excavating of River Falls did the site work in New Richmond, and Derrick Construction of New Richmond poured the foundation for the house and is donating the carpentry work to finish it.
"Plummer Concrete of Ellsworth donated all the concrete work for the floors and everything, except for the foundation," Robson said.
The house was finally laid to rest on its new foundation last week by a 170-ton LaVenture crane, according to Robson.
"The house weighs about 43,000 pounds," Robson said.
The three-bedroom home is a split-entry with 1,900 square feet of living space on each of the two levels.
The main floor has three bedrooms, two baths, a living room, dining room, kitchen and family room.
"There will be a basement which may or may not be finished to include an additional bedroom and another family room," Robson said. "The entire house will be refurbished and everything in it will be new."
B&B Electric of Hudson and Eau Claire is donating the electrical work. Badger State Plumbing of Eau Claire will hook up all the pipes. Arrow Building is supplying the building materials, and Andersen Windows of Bayport, Minn., agreed to donate the windows for the home, said Robson.
Much work has been done to get the house to this point, but more is needed before it can be occupied by a family.
A garage, new siding, installing windows and a new roof will also be added to the existing structure.
Robson welcomes volunteers to help with the charitable construction project.
"Derrick Construction will lead the project, but we could use carpenters to help with the inside of the home," Robson said. "There will also be opportunities for people to help paint, lay carpet or do landscaping."
Robson and Zeller hope to have the house completed and ready to sell by September or October.
Anyone interested in lending a hand may call Robson at (651) 248-0390.