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What Does It Take?

What Does it Take

What Does it Take to Build a Habitat House?

People in our community and all over the world partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve the place they call home. In fact, Habitat is the largest privately held homebuilder and regularly ranks as one of the top 20 homebuilders in the United States.

But what exactly goes into building a Habitat house? A whole lot, as it turns out. It takes future homeowners, who put in between 250 and 500 hours of sweat equity working on their homes and those of other homebuyers. It takes dedicated volunteers who give their time and energy so other families can have an opportunity for a better life.

It also takes the support of our generous donors, both those who make financial contributions and those who give materials. Many materials are provided as gifts and in-kind donations from our corporate sponsors. From insulation to locks to refrigerators, contributions large and small make a difference, and we believe there is something everyone can give.


The Average Habitat House in the U.S. Has:

  • 1,200 Square Feet of Space
  • 400 Two-By-Fours
  • 250-500 Hours of Sweat Equity from homebuyers who help build their own homes
  • 150 Pounds of Nails
  • 3 Bedrooms

In One Year Alone, Habitat’s National Partners Donated:

  • 288 Roofing Systems
  • 9,190 Privacy Blinds
  • 215,943 Gallons of Paint
  • 150 Pounds of Nails
  • 42,914 Locks
  • 100 Football Fields’ Worth of Insulation
  • 63,402 Electrical Products
  • 11,152 Refrigerators and Ranges
  • 150 Pounds of Nails
  • 16,700 LED Lights

So What Does it Take to Build a Habitat House?

It takes every one of these things — and you! Learn more about donating to Habitat and find more ways to get involved with Habitat.