Rebuild The Sizemore Home

$1,020 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 10 people in 4 months
Created July 13, 2018

In Feb. 2017 Bill and Christina Sizemore and their daughter lost their home, all their belongings and loved dog Sam in a house fire. Many people rallied around them to get them through that difficult spot. They began writing their experience and emotions at www.strongerthanfire.com .

While they were receiving bids to rebuild, Hurricane Harvey hit their area. They helped in relief efforts and shortly after signed a contractor and demoed the house and started the rebuilding process and were scheduled to move into their new home in April 2018.

In June of 2018 the contractor they hired to rebuild their house, walked off the job and took materials with him. They are left with a house that is not livable and no funds to complete it.

Christina has decided to act as General Contractor from here out and they have already begun working on the house themselves and hiring crews with the generous donations of family and friends. They have some of the materials needed but are still in need of a lot of labor and materials in order to complete the house.

They are currently in need of funds to complete the following items:

✓ Brick - $10,000 - Donated
✓ Drywall - $4,000 - Donated
✓ Exterior Doors - $2,000 - Donated
HVAC Completion - $3,000
Electrical Completion - $1,976.40
Insulation in Attic - $3,000
Hang Interior Doors - $1200 Estimate
Paint Interior and Exterior - Cost Unknown
Cabinetry (was left half complete)- Cost Unknown
Finish Plumbing - Cost Unknown
Flooring - Cost Unknown
Tile - Cost Unknown
Counter Tops - Cost Unknown
Final Trim Out  - Cost Unknown
Garage Door - $2500
Fence Repairs - Cost Unknown
Purchase assorted materials (toilets, door knobs, kitchen sink, hardi backer, tile & materials, flooring & materials,  etc) - Total Cost Unknown

If you or someone you know would be willing to donate their time to complete any of these items, please let them know.

They are also trying to do as much of the work themselves to save money, including painting, digging trenches for electrical lines, pouring the slab for the AC unit, etc. They are open to learning how to do things like tile and basic plumbing in order to get the job done themselves.

Truthfully anything helps. If you can't help with money, materials or labor they ask that you keep them and their situation in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you all for your kindness, love and support!

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Well, It has been a very long road. There are still things to do, but the house is very livable and this saturday the kids move in. Boxes are packed. I'm happy to report the yard is done and gutters are on the house. I was so worried with no gutters that water would come into the back of the house. I can't thank everyone enough for all that you have done. There have been friends and family working there every weekend. Other friends helping to pack and then the financial and prayer support of so many. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Bridgette- Mom of Chris.
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Please forgive me for not updating more sooner. Christina is posting some photographs on her Instagram feed. The kitchen cabinets are being finished. The trim work is almost done. They have had so many dedicated volunteers to finish the house it has been incredible. A couple weeks ago, when Issa's room was complete I asked if we could move part of her bunk bed in. This bed was given to the kids after the fire, however we could never move it up the stairs in the house. I can't wait to see it all together and Issa' is elated that she will have a bunk bed. I ask her what she loves best about the house and she says, "My room." I'm so glad she does not have any memories of the inside of the house when it was burned. She has seen two birthdays since the fire and now is going to kindergarten, walking to school with her friends. The rent house is in the same neighborhood so she will continue to walk with friends, but just from another direction. We patiently await the completion of the cabinets and Chris texted me today and said she wish she had a volunteer plumber. I think she is trying to hook up all the sinks herself. I'm so proud of how much everyone has helped. This home has become a labor of love. Thank you to everyone. Still need some more money for the gutters but we are getting there.
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Thank you to all of the people who have donated both their time and money. We can begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Cabinet workers came in and were working on the cabinets, while many other workers cut, painted and installed trim all over the house. Chris and Bill have watched many youtube videos to see how to do many of the projects. Bill continues to work nights and do what he can for a portion of the day and on the weekends. Chris is managing the workers, materials and doing a lot of the labor herself. That is my girl! The goal is to move in three weeks. At least that is what my granddaughter keeps telling everyone. Home stretch is here.

Christina's mom, Bill's mother in law, and Issas gamma.
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Catching up on updates.
After our Philadelphia contractors left things lost a little momentum during the week, but on weekends it has been amazing to see how many friends and family have come and helped. Some people put floors down, others washed or vacuumed to prep for floors. Meanwhile, some prepped and painted, while others like myself babysat and made food. It has been a labor of love and a reflection of what the human spirit can do. Thank you all for your gifts and donations. Chris and bill have kept going from a major donation that came from a friend, but it is amazing how much all of this costs, even with free labor.

We had a terrible scare during a rainstorm as we watched the water quickly creep up to the back door. You see the yard is not graded yet after construction and they do not have gutters on the house. My hope is that this go fund me at least gets to the point of being able to afford gutters, which I think will probably cost a couple thousand dollars. We are getting estimates now. We are in hurricane season. In fact just a few days from the anniversary of Hurricane Harvey. We need to get the water away from the house. I would hate to see this work be hurt by water. Praying.
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Raised by 10 people in 4 months
Created July 13, 2018
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