Discovering Independence Through Home Remodel

disability300x210jpgOver the years, we’ve had occasions to work with people who have special needs. Remodeling to make their life more comfortable and their living space more functional is probably the most rewarding type of work we do.

We have built ramps for people who were wheel chair bound. In one such case we constructed an entrance with a ramp for a victim of gun violence who was permanently paralyzed. Working with state and federal agencies, we were able to help the family get the funding they needed to stay in their home and make it accessible. We have also installed elevators for people with MS and created threshold free showers for people who have limited mobility. It is always gratifying to see the real effect these projects have on the lives of our clients. One of our favorite projects over the years was the home addition we did for Gretchen Stoffel. Born with a rare genetic defect, Gretchen is legally blind and deaf, has limited mobility of her arms and sleeps in a special oxygen chamber. She is also brilliant (in our opinion!)and an extraordinarily charming woman. She has a rewarding job and was able to finance, on her own, an apartment addition over the garage of her parents’ home. It gave her the independence she desired as an adult living at home. With easy access between the original home and her new apartment, the care she needs is only feet away, yet she is in a truly independent living area. Please take the time to view this video of how Gretchen and her wonderful family worked with us to create the home of her dreams.