Rebuild The Sizemore Home
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!
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.
More updates to follow, but check out the videos. It as an early morning shoot there at 5 a.m. and then filmed through the morning news live.
On friday Maggie Flecknoe from CW 39 came and did a segment on the kids. It was touching. The point of the segment was not to ask for money but to show how strong the human spirit is and can be. The segment encouraged others to get past their fears. Chris designed a T-shirt that says, "STRONGER THAN________" The idea is to fill in the blank. Hers says STRONGER THAN ANXIETY and bills says STRONGER THAN FIRE. I don't know what to put on mine yet. I realize you have to be very brave to own what you are stronger than. It was a great segment and here are some clips. https://cw39.com/2018/07/27/stronger-than-fire-family-overcomes-fire-flood-contractors/
Another blessing was from two young men that are old friends of Bill Sizemores from Philadelphia. They are contractors and volunteered to come for a week and do as much as they could on their vacation. Another one of Christina's friends did the same. Wow, it is amazing to see what 5 adults can do. Well really 4 1/2 as Bill is working full time. They are kicking it. The doors are installed, the priming on the entire house interior, is done, and this weekend they are working on finishing all of the painting on the inside of the house. Christina purchased light fixtures on sale over the last year and had them stored. Today the electrician is putting in all of those fixtures and I hear the AC will be installed. Everyone will be so happy for that, and I'm sure it will make workdays more productive because the temperatures here in Texas have been in the 100's.
This is the pace things should have been going over the last 4 months with a contractor before he walked off the job. It warms my heart to see so much activity.
To get the AC on in the house the rest of the insulation must be put in the attic. This is a difficult task and the team said they can only do 1 hour early in the morning on each day. It is really quiet dangerous any other way. At this pace the insulation will be complete by Monday or Tuesday.
Before turning on the AC the painting needs to be complete and the entire house vacuumed and mopped so the dust does not go into the venting system. That means there is still a lot of work to do in the house without AC.
My job as grandmother is to watch the kiddo so my daughter can focus on being contractor on this job. That is a lot of work. With the help of friends and family I am making meals, so the workers stay fueled.
I also have a van so I can pick up materials. I now know I can fit 40 rolls of insulation in my van!
I can't wait for the next update. Thanks so much to all who are praying and helping. It makes a huge difference.
Here is a facebook live from Maggie https://www.facebook.com/cw39houston/videos/1933005630054891/UzpfSTExOTcwMDAyOTozMDYwNjExMjk0OTk0MTQ6NzU6MDoxNTMzMTA2Nzk5Oi01NDgwMDQ2NTc0NzIxOTM2NjI0/
Christina built this gate with her own hands! The brick is done! Now the electricity can be hooked up. The gate is stained! I look forward to the rest of the fence being done so that the yard is more secure. Please God, no more break-ins.
Now for the inside- The drywall is almost done! We have been waiting for the painting day for months. After a generous donation from a friend, Chris was able to hire a team to come in and repair and finish the drywall. We are all doing a little drywall dance over here. Now priming and painting day is almost here! Friends are volunteering and I can’t wait to see this happen.
There is still so much to do. A garage door needs to be put in place. They need to repurchase things that were taken. Trying to find someone to finish the cabinets is a big project. Electrical and HVAC need to be complete. Doors need to be hung. The list is really long, but baby steps. We are getting there thanks to your help, and prayers, and baby steps.
Bridgette- Christina’s mom
Photos from Christina’s instagram. Also don’t forget to follow her blog http://www.strongerthanfire.com