The Community Build

  • Li, Ou
  • October 20, 2020

    Communitybuild 10.20
  • November 10, 2020

    Communitybuild 11.10.20
  • Feb. 4, 2021

    Communitybuild 1.26.21
  • April 12, 2021

    Community Build 4.13.21

About the House

TYPE: 3 Bedroom/ 1.5 Bath

STYLE: Single Family Home

HOUSE SIZE: 1,064 square feet

LOCATION: Lot 2; New Heights, off of Old Haywood Rd in West Asheville

CONSTRUCTION START: Tuesday, October 6, 2020

STATUS: cabinets and trim

Meet the Future Homeowners

“A Habitat house will provide stability and a place to make memories.”

~From Mingfa & QinQin’s application letter

Originally from New York, Mingfa Li and QinQin Ou, traded the chaos of the city for the serenity of Western North Carolina. “We fell in love with the view of the mountains. The diverse culture and the wonderful people, made us decide that Asheville is the place to raise our family.”

Their commitment to stay in the area has come at a cost. The quest for suitable housing led to 5 moves in the past 5 years. Misleading introductory offers followed by exorbitant price hikes, black mold appearing through cleverly hidden cracks; each year brought a new set of circumstances requiring yet another move.

This was difficult when they were a family of 2, but with two little ones under the age of 4, moving every 12 months was out of the question. “We were so discouraged we were considering a move out of town, when someone told us about Habitat for Humanity.”

Mingfa and QinQin’s 3 bedroom/1.5 bathroom home will be located in Habitat’s New Heights neighborhood.

About the Sponsor

The Community Build House is made possible by Bank of America, Wells Fargo, AvL Technologies, Eaton Corporation, The Pulliam Foundation, and Donors to the Mountain Xpress Give!Local campaign, and other businesses coming together to make an affordable, energy efficient home possible for another Asheville family. The Adopt-A-Lot sponsor is The Ferguson Family.