Explosion Becomes Remodel
A Tragic Gas Leak and Fire Brings an Unexpected Remodel in Newport News
In June 2009, Dr. & Mrs. Edwards experienced total disaster when a gas leak caused an explosion in the garage of their Newport News home. Shortly after the blaze began, Remodeling Company staff members arrived onsite to immediately begin assessment of damage. Sales team member, Jesse Wyatt has serviced the Edwards’ in the past for various home improvement projects, and in fact, had been currently working on a proposal for their windows to be replaced. This project was about to become quite more extensive.
In order to contain the fire, firefighters and city workers had to tear down the garage and part of the 2-story house. Although still standing, the rest of the home was, for the most part, destroyed due to pockets of fire, blown out electrical sockets, shattered windows, soot, and extensive smoke damage. Additional rooms on the garage-end of the house would later be completely removed by The Remodeling Company.
To start, the Edwards’ home had to be completely gutted down to the studs. Pieces of furniture that survived the fire were sent for cleaning & restoration. The entire roof system was removed and replaced. Every component of the home was rebuilt or replaced – windows, duct work, gas piping, HVAC units, insulation, drywall, flooring, trim, electrical wiring & fixtures, cabinets, siding, some of the exterior brick, interior & exterior doors, stair rails, tile, appliances, plumbing fixtures, countertops, bathroom mirrors, etc. And of course, the section of the home that had been completely removed was rebuilt as new construction. Even the front yard landscaping required an overhaul, with tree removal & replacement of bushes & plants.
As the project came upon completion in June 2010, Dr. & Mrs. Edwards began to move back into their “new” home. They were so pleased with the process and outcome of their restoration that they hosted an open house on behalf of The Remodeling Company. Family, friends, neighbors, and special guests of RemodelCo toured the home one Saturday in July and got a first hand look at the home that was taken from condemned to complete… not to mention, even more beautiful than it once was.