Miami, FL (PRWEB) March 2, 2010
When John Sherrill and Jeff Reed of Gulf Coast Supply & Manufacturing Inc. (http://www.GulfCoastSupply.com) were on a mission trip to Guatemala some years back, they were inspired to design an easy-to-build kit home as a cost-effective option for charitable organizations trying to help people who were living in extreme poverty and hit by natural disasters.
The two company founders could not at that time have imagined the magnitude of need for such dwellings in the wake of the catastrophic earthquake that hit Haiti, killing tens of thousands and leaving countless families homeless.
The company, a leader in metal roofing and metal buildings, recently shipped 30 International Relief Homes to Youth With a Mission for use in Haiti and is gearing up production at its Dixie County facility to keep pace with demand. (For updates on its efforts, visit the company's Twitter page at http://twitter.com/GulfCoastSupply.)
"Installation of our International Relief Homes is very efficient," said Jonathan Sherrill, the company's General Manager. "They can be built on packed dirt, concrete or pavers and can be installed in less than a day. In fact, a crew with construction experience can usually install several homes per day."
The kits can be put together at the home site, or in sections at a staging area, Sherrill said, emphasizing that the sections are easy to transport and quick to assemble on-site. He added that the crating material in which the kits are shipped can be re-purposed to make bunk beds, tables and shelving.
Each International Relief Home is 15 feet by 18 feet and features two rooms, one door, two windows and two skylights as well as a gutter system to help collect water. The home kit costs about $2,000. A 4-foot-by 18-foot porch is optional. Shipping costs vary, depending on destination and number of units purchased.
"We've been manufacturing low-cost International Relief Homes for countries around the world for many years," a company spokesperson said. "It's our belief that in doing so, we can help people begin to make a new start and begin to put their lives together again."
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.