27 Monmouth Avenue

27 Monmouth Avenue
27 Monmouth Avenue

Project Address: 27 Monmouth Avenue, Dover

Build #105: completed 2019 – “Women Build
Type:

  • Single-family home
  • New construction
  • 3 bedrooms

Family: Stacey Goods works as a development associate for a college. She has 4 sons, aged 15 to 25 years old.  They previously lived in a small 2-bedroom apartment in the attic of a home. Read more about this family’s story >>

A multi-family house at the end of Monmouth Avenue in Dover was significantly damaged by a fire, making it no longer habitable. After the fire, the owners of the home, T.J.F. Enterprises, LLC, donated the property to Morris Habitat.  The owners are long-time friends of Morris Habitat, since they also own Seneca Tree Service, Inc., which provides Morris Habitat with tree trimming and tree removal on its construction sites at extremely competitive prices. The property sits above the Dover train station and is a short walking distance from the train station and downtown Dover.

Morris Habitat demolished the existing home and constructed a new 3-bedroom Cape Cod home using one of the prototype house plans designed by Architect Seth A. Leeb, AIA. Using the same square footage, a home can be built with different layouts to include 2, 3 or 4 bedrooms, depending on the number of people in the homeowner family. The new home is handicap-accessible and ENERGY STAR certified for energy efficiency, EPA WaterSense certified for water efficiency and EPA Indoor AirPLUS certified for health protections. Green or reusable building materials were used whenever feasible.

After Morris Habitat received the donated property in December 2015, the fire-damaged house was demolished. Contributions came from individuals who purchased nearly $10,000 worth of building materials by December 2017 through our “Raise the Roof & Build It Now!” online drive. A groundbreaking ceremony was held in July 2018, and the foundation was poured in the summer. Pre-made walls built at the June 2017 Hammer for Heroes event were raised in September. Teams of women volunteered during National Women Build Week in March 2019. The home was dedicated in June, and the Goods family moved in during the summer of 2019.