There's a barn raising going on in Reston.

The "barn" is a luxurious 4,500- square-foot, five-bedroom house complete with two stone fireplaces, hardwood floors, cedar roof, integrated security system and other amenities that upscale home buyers desire. And the "raising" is being done by the Reston Rotary Club, which is building the house called the "Home For Life" to raise money for Rotary International's PolioPlus project.

"We hope to sell the house for between $400,000 and $500,000. If we can sell it in that price range and keep our {building} costs as low as possible, I think we'll be very satisfied," said Reston Rotary Club President Dan Baker, who came up with the idea to raise the money for the PolioPlus project.

The project is designed to provide children with vaccinations against polio and other crippling diseases. Rotary International has pledged to contribute $120 million to the project, which the organization expects to raise through fund-raising efforts of its clubs worldwide.

Baker said his club was asked to come up with $66,000. A builder of custom houses by trade, Baker believed that building a luxury house with help of donations and discounts of goods and services from Washington area contractors and businesses would be an effective way of meeting the goal.

And his hunch has proved right. Baker expects his club will raise at least $70,000 and perhaps as much as $200,000 from the sale of the "Home For Life" and two other smaller fund-raising efforts.

Nearly 90 Washington area contractors, real estate agents and building suppliers have agreed to participate in the project. The Reston Land Corp., the Mobil Oil Corp. subsidiary that owns the land in Reston, sold Baker's group a lot at half the usual cost. Signet Bank provided financing with an interest rate 1 percent below prime and no points. Acorn Structures, a preengineered housing firm based in Concord, Mass., provided a custom house at cost. Painters, electricians, appliance dealers and numerous others are donating their services.

And the Reston Rotary Club members themselves have spent weekends hammering nails, cutting wood and doing other jobs to help build the house.

"We had a couple of people that own and run big businesses in Reston out there banging nails. These people spend the rest of their lives as corporate executives. But they seem to enjoy {the work}," Baker said.

According to Baker, the "Home For Life," which coincidentally is being built next door to a house that was built and then auctioned off for charity several years ago, will be completed in early May.