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Habitat for Humanity builds its first container home in Kentucky

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The home is 8 feet wide The home is 8 feet wide
Joann Priddy will live in the container home Joann Priddy will live in the container home
Scott Turner, Executive Director for Hardin Co. Habitat for Humanity Scott Turner, Executive Director for Hardin Co. Habitat for Humanity

UPTON, Ky. (WDRB) - Shipping containers can travel all over the world. Now, one has landed in a Kentucky woman's yard, and it is being turned into her new home.

At a time when people are concerned about minimizing their carbon footprint, downsizing drastically is becoming a popular thing. There are even shows dedicated to "Tiny Homes."

One house in Upton, Kentucky is made from a shipping container, and there is no telling where it has been. "They would go either to east coast or west coast and from there, China, Japan, South America," said Hardin County Habitat for Humanity Executive Director, Scott Turner.

The home is 8 x 40 feet on the outside, and roughly 285 square feet on the inside. But this particular home is not just a novelty, it is a necessity. "We'll have the bedroom up front, closet, and this is actually the living area, she'll have a sofa," Turner pointed out.
 
The home at the property before, was becoming a hazard. Joann Priddy's father built the home years ago. "The only indoor plumbing was a water line coming from a well to a sink, so she had cold water, no water heater," Turner described.

Priddy, who has health issues, had to use an outhouse. "We didn't have no bathroom or nothin' like that. We just sponge bathed ourself and got cleaned up that way and we had a wood stove," Priddy said.

She put in a request for repairs with Hardin County Habitat for Humanity. "He (the volunteer) came back and said all kinds of starting places, no ending place, and it really needed to be condemned," said Turner. The old home in was torn down and Joann's getting a new home, for free. She will  have a shower, washer and dryer, toilet, kitchen, energy-efficient insulation, and much more. "It's gonna change things, everything will be different for me, you know having a bathroom inside, all that good stuff," said Priddy.

The project was supposed to cost $25,000 but unexpected hurdles including stubborn, rocky soil, have pushed the price into the 40s. The soil had to be dug through to install plumbing and a septic system.

The home should be ready for her to move into, in about four weeks. "It's gonna be a blessing to see her in there, starting a new life, a new chapter in her life," said Turner.

"It's nice lookin, more than I'm used to," said Priddy. "It's good to have people out there to help you out when you need it." 

If you would like to donate to offset the cost of the home for Habitat for Humanity, click here.

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