LIFEhouse, a home which is being built to suit the requirements of a wounded veteran, is nearing completion through the support from retired NFL players, community members and business people.
The veteran is one of the 48,000 U.S. soldiers injured in Afghanistan and Iraq. Former NFL players assisted in installing LP SmartSide engineered wood siding and trim on the exterior side of the LIFEhouse. LP Building Products donated the wood siding.
The LIFEhouse is situated at Newport Cove community, close to Antioch, Ill., Chicago’s suburb and was constructed by New American Homes. The house was constructed under national Touchdown for Homes, and other associations including the Chicago NFL Players Association (NFLPA) Former Players Chapter, the Home Builders Association of Greater Chicago (HBAGC) and New American Homes were involved in developing the house.
Operation Finally Home (OFH), which offers custom mortgage-free homes to disabled and injured veterans and widows of expired service men, assisted the veteran to choose the LIFEhouse.
The salient features of the 1,992 square-foot LIFEhouse includes specifically designed entrances, bathrooms and kitchen suitable for a physically challenged veteran. Further, it includes a basement and an open floor plan with circulation areas and doorways.
Other attributes include accessible light switches and outlets, non-slippery porcelain tile, hardwood flooring, alternating colored low-pile carpet on stairs, stair handrails with lighting beneath, lever door handles and multi-level cabinetry. Most of these products are manufactured in America.