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Two teams of contractors race to see who can build a house fastest, for a good cause

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By Scott Hammers  / The Bulletin
Published: September 12. 2009 4:00AM PST

Jenni Hurlburt wandered through her future living room Friday afternoon, sizing up the right place for the dining table and the couch — all to a soundtrack of whining saws and rattling hammers.

“It’s finally here. I have wood on a foundation,” Hurlburt said. “I have a house!”

Hurlburt, 32, and her 6-year-old son, Alec, will soon be moving into one of two homes built Friday by Bend Area Habitat for Humanity as part of the “Race to the Roof Blitz Build,” a friendly competition between two teams of contractors to see which one could build a house fastest.

The competition began at 7:30 a.m., with teams from Simplicity by Hayden Homes and Adair Homes starting with two side-by-side foundations on Boyd Acres Road in Northeast Bend. Read the rest of this entry »