CRAIN EMPLOYEES WORK WEEKEND KITCHEN DUTY, SERVE HOMEOWNER

CRAIN EMPLOYEES WORK WEEKEND KITCHEN DUTY, SERVE HOMEOWNER

NASHVILLE, Tenn.Crain Construction employees built a new kitchen to help a 75-year-old Nashvillian and her wheelchair-bound nephew continue to live in the house where she was born in the transitioning Wedgewood-Houston neighborhood.

The three-day project was part of the Crain Construction’s community give-back program and kicked off National Rebuilding Month for Rebuilding Together Nashville, a nonprofit that restores, rebuilds and provides critical repairs at homes of low-income residents free of charge.

“The house was smaller than the structures we typically build and renovate, but the need was great,” said Scott Webb, project manager for Crain Construction, which provides design/build and general contracting services for commercial, mixed use, hospitality, industrial, warehouse, institutional, retail and telecommunications/data projects. “It was rewarding to use our skills and knowledge to help improve the living environment for this family.”

Two dozen employees pitched in during the labor-intensive weekend that started with removing appliances, tearing out collapsed cabinets, ripping up sagging flooring in the kitchen and hallway, trimming bushes and power washing the exterior of the 100-year-old home.

Once the kitchen demolition was completed, the volunteer crews installed new floor joists, new plumbing, some electrical and new flooring in the kitchen and hallway. New cabinets were installed and clean appliances were moved back in.

“We’ve done a few small things in the house previously and kept the homeowner in mind until we found volunteers with higher skills,” said Kaitlin Dastugue, executive director of Rebuilding Together Nashville. “Thanks to Crain Construction she won’t have to leave the only home she’s ever known.”

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