Shannon and BJ purchased a condemned farm house as a complete do-it-yourself renovation project. Shannon, BJ, and their two children spent two years living in an RV next to the house. Shannon worked during the days gutting the house, repointing, and chinking the old log cabin portion of the house. Then BJ would come home from his timber frame construction job, spend time with the family, get the kids to bed, and start to work rebuilding. Meanwhile, Shannon would go off to work at her waitressing job.
Finally, after two years, they were able to move into a wonderful home that they gave so much to build. BJ is such a fantastic craftsman and between the two of them they created a house that was worthy of the pages of This Old House. They were one of the winners of the 2014 One-Room Wonder Best Remodel http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/photos/0,,20851213,00.html.
Shannon and BJ are two of the most generous, kind, and hard-working people that I know. They are always available to help out a friend or neighbor in need. BJ is always willing to come by and lend a hand whether it is building a shed, jacking up a house, or volunteering to coach. And if there is anyone in need of food or comfort, Shannon is there.
I was heartbroken when I saw Shannon and BJ standing and watching their house burn. And then to see BJ standing in front of the house, holding his young son and explaining that they had no home anymore was devastating.
This inspired me to try and help Shannon and BJ rebuild their home. I am hoping that others are as inspired by their constant selflessness and will join me. All of the money from this effort will go directly to Shannon and BJ to help them start building a new home.
- CHRISTINA AUBREY
- Amy Mollet
- Sarah Vellutato
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