Read the Homestead Story here.
The Homestead, a large 6,200 sq ft house, nestled on 2 ½ acres at the back of a quiet neighborhood on the outskirts of Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson (JBER) near Anchorage, AK, has provided a Christ-center, faith-based haven and training ground for hundreds of Airmen, Soldiers and Officers since its opening in 2016.
In November of 2018 a 7.1 earthquake shook open a one-inch crack stretching from the barn across the entire back yard, exposing the reality of a significant danger to the stability of the foundation of the house and yard.
A Civil Engineer was hired who verified the damage and that the slope of the unpacked fill dirt directly behind the house was too great. A Two-Phase Restructuring of the land was suggested that would protect the house and expand the yard to ensure years of viable and strategic ministry to JBER.
Total cost of the project would be approximately $200,000.
Phase 1: Completed in the summer of 2020, removed organic and trash type materials, and changed the grade from a 50/60% to a 25/30% grade. 600 yards of gravel and fill dirt were brought in to stabilize and prepare the slope for Phase 2.
Beginning now March 2021 – bring in material to construct the 15-25ft high x 80 yards retaining wall. This will hold the “fill” behind the house and extend the yard 12’-15’ for added stability and ministry use.
A matter of some urgency – Alaska has weight restrictions for materials being transported beginning as things thaw, usually the first or second week in April. Our goal is to get the over 300 blocks weighing 3,600 pounds each here before the restrictions take place. If we do not, the cost to transport them here will significantly increase.
Home Renovations: Concurrently, the interior of the house is in need of:
Repairs due to age and use – carpets/flooring replaced, rooms repainted, and back deck re-stained.
Upgrades – Copper water pipes to PEX, Garage/multi-purpose room floor resurfaced, Windows that frost and freeze shut to ones that don’t.