Wilmington, NC (WWAY) -- A Wilmington woman and her family are finally finished building their home sweet home with the help of a local organization. The Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity joined the new homeowner at a ceremony to celebrate the completion of her one-of-a-kind “Build America” home.
“Instead of a traditional down payment, our homeowners put their labor in, and they help to build the house they live in,” said Steve Spain, the Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity Executive Director.
Ti, a member of the Army Reserves and a Detention Officer with the New Hanover County Sheriff's Department says she started out working on other homes before having the privilege to break ground on her own.
"When the house is completed, we're able to offer them a mortgage at 0% interest, and they become homeowners,” Spain added.
Ti says the journey into home ownership wasn't an easy one.
“It was stressful at first, not knowing how to build a house, and have to do different things with the home,” she said.
But after spending nearly 300 hours building her home and other homes in the neighborhood, Ti says the hard work has really paid off.
"I just can't believe it's my day today," she said. "So I'm just like super, super excited!"
What is she most excited about?
“Moving in, and staying the night in my house," she added. "I'm so excited for that day to come."
She says that having a home for her son gives her stability she didn't always have.
"We don't have to go knowing if the landlord's going to sell your house tomorrow, if you're not going to be in a different house the next day; knowing that this is mine and nobody can take it from me," she said.
This is the first Habitat for Humanity "Made in America" home, meaning that almost all of the products used to make this home were from the United States.