Qualified Remodeler Magazine

JUN 2015

Qualified Remodeler helps independent remodeling firms to survive, become more professional and more profitable by providing must-have business information, namely best business practices, new product information and timely design ideas.

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Sally Williams, who's a member of the Council and who volunteered her design services for the project, were able to pick a lot of the materials just out of stock instead of 'we'll give you what we give you.' I've never been involved with a project, especially where you're soliciting building materials, where people were so free giving with really whatever Jackie [Crag, executive director and co-founder of Te Green Chair Project] had selected," he says. Ultimately, the project was completed with the help of a multitude of volunteers that included remodelers, tilers and Lowe's employees. Mauney explains that local Lowe's stores were instrumental with monetary donations and time. "Tis was a great group and a great outcome. Te project has brought in a lot of people that learned what the mission of Te Green Chair Project was, and I think that's probably the biggest beneft," Mauney says. | for the volunteers to process and clean items, while the second kitchen provides a place for drinks and food to be prepared and heated. "Te biggest challenge was this was a commercial proj- ect. We ran into anything like you would in any remodel where we had some changes that had to be made and scopes of work that we had to touch and fx," Mauney says. Several factors worked in the favor of the Remodelers Council and Te Green Chair Project throughout the process. One such example is the local government of Raleigh allowing the space not be permitted as a retail space based on three-dimensional designs, explanations for the goal of the project and explaining the mission of Te Green Chair Project. Mauney explains the impor- tance of such a decision, saying, "We were able to really design it within the confnes of what we could really do in a couple of weeks and not open ourselves up to all the big changes that often have to be made if a commercial building changes how it's being used." Another unique aspect from Mauney's perspective was many of the manufacturers and companies donat- ing materials to the project allowed the organization to select the materials. "Te organization and a lady named At the NARI Spring Business Meeting in April, five NARI chapters received Community Service Awards for remodeling work done on a charitable basis. MILWAUKEE/NARI HOME IMPROVEMENT COUNCIL An accident left a Wisconsin man paralyzed from the waist down, unable to work. After water damage in his basement completely drained his resources, this chapter's foundation decided to finance and do the work needed on his home's only bathroom. Features focused on accessibility and included a barrier-free shower stall with a handheld shower and a bath seat; a com- fort-height toilet; a mounted vanity with wheel- chair access; and a new, wider door. NARI OF MADISON CHAPTER Each year, members of the NARI Madison Chapter participate in "Hammer with a Heart," a program that provides free home repair and improvements to low-income homeowners with health, safety and comfort concerns. This year was especially significant as the project completed its 100th home and NARI was part of it. The chapter had 35 NARI volunteers and 40 member companies donate their time, labor and materials to a single mom with four adopted children who each have a severe or terminal illness. NARI members remod- eled a basement, replaced two rooms, rebuilt the front porch, remodeled three bathrooms and added an additional bathroom; painted rooms and installed gardens. NYC/LI NARI CHAPTER The NYC/LI NARI Chapter participated in a project design of a local Ronald McDonald House that completely renovated the facility to make it more homelike, inviting and cheerful for the 1,000 families who stay there each year. The first phase transformed 18 bedrooms, kitchen areas, laundry areas and several common areas. NARI's team of volunteers spent hundreds of hours installing laminate flooring, painting rooms, and completing the molding and trim work. In the second phase, NARI volunteers helped add 24 bedrooms, four kitchens, five common areas, laundry rooms, a brand-new fitness center and a meditation room. GRE ATER OMAHA NARI The Greater Omaha Chapter joined forces with its state's Humane Society to provide a custom animal environment package for their gala and auction to help a good cause as well as raise awareness of NARI. The NARI package went at auction for double the starting bid, which netted a total of $1 million to help stray and abandoned animals. More than 12 members of this chapter volunteered their time, services and materials to help create a unique, outdoor cat house for the winner who provides care for stray cats in the winter. NARI GRE ATER CLE VEL AND CHAPTER The Greater Cleveland Chapter had three goals: brand its NARI Cares Program, launch a mentorship program with a vocational school and participate in critical community projects. A logo, brochure, website and banner were created to brand the chapter's charitable endeavors. Mentoring 34 high school students helped build marketable career skills and doghouses that were auctioned at the chapter's Home Improvement Show, raising more than $1,600 for the Animal Protective League. The chapter also participated in a cemetery roofing project donating time and materials, volunteered at Bike MS, and repaired and painted a social ser- vice agency's building that serves local families. NARI Chapters Honored for Giving Back The Remodelers Council of the HBA of Raleigh-Wake County volunteered to tackle a commercial renovation job for The Green Chair Project. QualifiedRemodeler.com | ForResidentialPros.com QR June 2015 31

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