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Hubbell Homes Opens HOUSE2005 in Conjunction with Arthritis Foundation Iowa Chapter

NORWALK, Iowa (May 3, 2005) – Hubbell Homes will celebrate the grand opening of HOUSE2005, a universal-designed home with proceeds benefiting the Arthritis Foundation Iowa Chapter. A major goal for this project is to create awareness and educate the public on the benefits of barrier-free universal-designed homes. The ribbon cutting ceremony for HOUSE2005 will be held at 5:00 PM on Friday, May 6 at 431 Turnberry Drive in Norwalk. This marks the second time Hubbell Homes has been selected by the Arthritis Foundation for this project. The HOUSE2000 project raised approximately $150,000 for arthritis research, but most importantly, it increased awareness about the ease of building barrier-free homes. The new barrier-free universal home is located in Hubbell Realty Company’s Legacy Golf Course Community in Norwalk. “The universal design housing project is a great way to build awareness for the Arthritis Foundation of Iowa. In addition, we hope people will walk away with the understanding that there are more choices in home design—choices that will allow us to age easily over time in our own homes,” states Doyle Monsma, president and CEO for the Arthritis Foundation Iowa Chapter. The 2,500 square foot daylight ranch features wider hallways, easy care surfaces, accessible kitchen cabinets, low maintenance exterior, and reinforced walls for potential bar and lift installation. These features create an attractive home that is safe and comfortable for all, regardless of age or ability. “All of the features that make this home so special are done during construction, so the cost of the home is actually increased very little,” says Don Chafa, sales manager for Hubbell Homes. Following the event, the house will be open to the public for hands-on touring, allowing everyone to experience the comfort and ease-of-living designed into the home.. The home will be available for public tours as follows: Saturday, May 7 ~ 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Sunday, May 8 ~ 12:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 11 ~ 3:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 12 ~ 3:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 13 ~ 3:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 14 ~ 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Sunday, May 15 ~ 12:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. ABOUT THE ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION The Arthritis Foundation is a volunteer-driven organization and a source of information and referral for the 719,000 Iowans with arthritis. The Foundation’s steadfast dedication to research has produced advancements in the treatment and cure of arthritis and related diseases. Nationally, the Arthritis Foundation has awarded research grants of over $22 million. For more information contact the Arthritis Foundation, located at 2600 72nd Street, Suite D in Des Moines, by phone (515) 278-0636, email info.ia@arthritis.org or visit the web site at www.house2005.org

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