Easy-To-Build Kit Homes Offer an Economical Option for Charitable Organizations to Help Haiti Rebuild After Earthquake

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Gulf Coast Supply & Manufacturing Inc. (http://www.GulfCoastSupply.com) has come up with a sophisticated method of producing cost-effective, yet strong, kit homes that can be shipped anywhere in the world to help communities devastated by natural disasters. These dwellings, called International Relief Homes, can be built onsite with a small crew and a minimum of hand tools.

Churches and other charitable organizations who want to help Haiti rebuild in the aftermath of the Jan. 12 earthquake might want to consider ready-to-ship kit homes offered by Gulf Coast Supply & Manufacturing Inc. (http://www.GulfCoastSupply.com). The firm, based in Florida, is known as a leader in metal roofing and metal buildings.

The steel house units, known as International Relief Homes, are 15 feet by 18 feet and feature two rooms, one door, two windows and two skylights. Each International Relief Home costs about $2,000 and is shipped in two sturdy wooden crates. (Shipping costs vary, depending on destination and number of units purchased. For updates, visit http://twitter.com/GulfCoastSupply.)

Jonathan Sherrill, Gulf Coast Supply's General Manager, says it only takes a small crew using just a few hand tools to build the units.

"They're insulated and can be equipped with a gutter to capture rainwater for drinking -- an important feature in areas where local water is polluted with bacteria," he said.

But that's not all: The wooden shipping crates are designed to be re-purposed as bunk beds, tables and shelving.

"These low-cost homes make it easy to provide a needy family with the shelter they need," said Jonathan, who added that the dwellings were the brainchild of his father, John Sherrill, and his uncle, Jeff Reed. The two came up with the idea for a cost-effective kit home while they were on a mission trip to Guatemala.

Over the years, the company, which was founded by Sherrill and Reed in 1995, has refined the process of producing the homes. About a year ago, Gulf Coast Supply invested in a sophisticated software program that enables the company to make the kits even more economical to produce and easier to put together.

About 150 International Relief Homes have been installed since the firm began offering the units. Around 80 kits are currently being fabricated and scheduled for shipment to Haiti. Details about the units -- including how-to videos on the construction method -- can be found at http://www.GulfCoastSupply.com/international-relief-homes.html.

In addition to the current standardized model, Gulf Coast Supply can create customized units; costs vary, depending on size, complexity and quantity ordered.

Gulf Coast Supply & Manufacturing Inc. is located at 4020 SW 449th Street in Horseshoe Beach, FL, 32648. For more information about the company and its products, call (352) 498-0778. The toll free number is (888) 393-0335.

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