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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Cape Fear Community College has teamed up with New Hanover County to build a custom house for one special lady.

Over the past year, students have been working hard designing, landscaping and building a brand new home.

“The house before, the roof was entirely in disrepair. It was covered with tarps and just did not do the job to keep the rain out of the house,” CFCC Construction Management teacher Johnathan Begue said. “So the rain had penetrated through the roof into all aspects of the house.”

The mold that followed was causing its elderly owner, Carolyn Saunders, health problems.

“There’s no question that the air quality in the indoors for us is a huge problem, because we spend most of our time indoors, especially for an elderly person like her,” Begue said. “I have no doubt that this new house will help her health.”

But saunders is not the only one benefiting from this home makeover.

CFCC students say they are more than happy to ditch the desks for real-world experience.

“I learn better hands-on then actually staying in a room. It’s kind of boring,” student Obed Flores said.

But what really makes their work meaningful is the smile they will see on Saunders’s face once the house is completed.

“We’ve met her a couple times,” student Tom Hicks said. “She’s walked out here. She’s a really nice lady overall. It just feels really good helping out the community.”

Flores agrees, saying he wants everything to be just right when she moves in.

“I want to get everything perfect and right for her,” Flores said.

Saunders helped in the design process and made some executive decisions of her own.

New Hanover County paid for the materials through a federal grant.

Work should be done in late July.

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