Miss Melanie Bass' house was the one of my group's projects that meant the most to me. I wasn't needed on this job until the third day of our stay, but I have pictures of the work that was accomplished during the first two days.
When we arrived, the house was a shell that needed to be gutted and rebuilt. I believe the only work that had been done on it before we arrived was some repair work on the frame; the house's interior needed to be completely redone.
This is the before shot:
The team's first day of work was essentially a demolition job.
Early on in the week, this is what the inside of the whole house looked like:
I don't pretend to know all the ins and outs of construction work, but I can tell you that during the five days we were at Miss Melanie's house, our team cleared out the rubble, sheetrocked the walls, did the electrical work and plumbing, as well as insulated the entire house. I'll make another entry for the pictures from our insulation work (those are the most fun) and sheetrocking, but for now, here are the after photos:
My sister happily modeling in Miss Melanie's closet.
The House in all its sunshiny glory:Isn't it beautiful?
One or two volunteers even made Miss Melanie a little garden under the front window.
Miss Melanie was all smiles at the end of the week. My only regret is that I couldn't give her a hug, because on the day we got to meet her I was on the insulation team and was covered in baby powder and shards of glass. Here's a shot of the lady herself (she's on the left):
Miss Melanie is a good note to end on. Next entry: photos of insulation and sheetrocking crews!