Wow! What a crazy 5 weeks! Early January we began working with George To The Rescue through an online application process which lead to interviews, which lead to George knocking on our door and surprising us with taking on our project! Everything happened so fast from there and work began early February and ended mid March. As we have been living with Jason's mom across town, George and the local contracting crews (links at end of blog) were working hard on "phase 1" of our renovation projects. This includes removing our master bedroom and closet and converting the majority into Levi's handicap accessible bathroom (more on where our master will go later on). The remaining long and narrow section was the perfect spot to eventually convert into my (Jillian's) photography studio. We have not peeked at any of the progress inside no less even driven by the house during the rescue. This was hard, but oh so worth it!
Show airs 4/15 9:30am EST on NBC. More photos will be shared after the airing!!
(additional air time listed at end of blog)
What actually happened:
Boys room: What a shock to see the boys bedroom redone in an awesome superhero theme, with a changing station with a set of steps so Levi can get up by himself and not need to be lifted. This table converts into a workspace for the boys. Cool accents of artwork and a light up skateboard were the perfect touches for these active & adventurous boys. The jungle gym was the hit of the day to say the least. Climbing and swinging started immediately!
Bathroom: Also added was a new HUGE beautiful bathroom equipped with ALL of Levi's bathroom routine needs attached to the bedroom complete with a roll in shower. The accessibility to the sink, grab bars and slip resistant flooring are all amazing features! Not to get too graphic, but Levi spends about 1-1.5 hours daily on the potty so to have this room done for him is essential, especially his media entertainment station!
Studio: They topped off the remodel with actually finishing my studio space complete with equipment, an apple TV, an awesome coffee bar (!!!), Sonos sounds system (also in boys room ad bathroom), and refinished the original hardwood floors...What a surprise! Now I can contribute to the families income while being at home with a flexible schedule. What a blessing! No more working from the dining room table with kids pulling at me and the risk of my workspace getting exposed to overturned cheerio bowls. Yes, this has happened. After being in business for nearly 8 years, this was a dream come true. Since our bedroom is now gone, we are still living with at my inlaws until "phase 2" is complete. More on that below.
"Phase 2" requires us to remain at living the in laws as construction continues. Removing another first floor bedroom to allow or extra living/dining space. We will be creating storage for Levi's equipment, relocating the laundry to the main floor, and adding a full second story to our ranch home...Raising The Roof! The master and other bedroom removed from the main floor will be relocated upstairs along with a guest room and hall bath. Air conditioning, converting to gas, a covered porch area for the bus and attached accessible deck are also in the plans!
Having George and Roxbury community work on "phase 1" has been such a great experience and just the boost we needed in this journey. It freed up our budget to use on other projects and relieved pressure off of Jason to do the work himself which was the original plan. We still plan to do a lot of the work ourselves to save on money, but whatever we are able to raise will be put to hire out jobs to get everything done faster so we can move back into our home! Hence, the continued fundraisers! (see below to get involved) We cannot wait to start living at home with the ease of handicap accessible features to make our daily living that much more enjoyable. The freedom and independence it will give Levi will be life changing. Thank you for being a part of our story!