The South Oakland County Habitat For Humanity chapter dedicated an innovative ranch home in Southfield, Mich., on Aug. 8. The home was sponsored by PM.

New homeowner Mary Deaton and her son, Kyle, now have a "home of their own" thanks largely to the generosity of donors' time and materials. As a Habitat Home recipient, Mary played a vital role in the home's construction by contributing 300 hours of "sweat equity."

The home has some exciting features that helped it earn Habitat's "Green Team" designation. The heating system uses in-slab PEX radiant tubing supplied by Wirsbo Corp. and a Mini-Fin gas boiler supplied by Lochinvar Corp. The radiant system was the first installed by the chapter and will provide efficient and comfortable warmth at foot level. Lochinvar also donated a 40-gallon high-efficiency gas water heater to provide the home's hot water.

The home also features metal framing installed by Jasman Construction, with materials from MiTek and Dietrich. The metal studs created some fastening challenges for the crews who installed the drywall. However, the installation provided excellent field experience for the volunteers and resulted in a sturdy, attractive and insect-resistant structure.

Numerous bath and kitchen materials were donated by industry manufacturers. Wolverine Brass donated several faucets and fixtures, including its high-end Endurance pullout spray faucet for the kitchen sink, an Endurance single-handle faucet for the bathroom sink and a complete shower and drain assembly for the bathtub.

Elkay Mfg. donated a two-bowl kitchen sink. In-Sink-Erator donated a Pro-Series garbage disposal and a Steamin' Hot water dispenser. Brass Craft Mfg. donated a full complement of water supplies and copper fittings. Whirlpool Corp. donated the washer, dryer, stove and refrigerator.

PM wishes to thank all manufacturers and readers who participated in the construction of this Habitat home. Because of your willingness to support this project, one more family now has a beautiful new home and a brighter future.