Indianapolis contractors rally to help Speedway homeowner

Indianapolis contractors rally to help Speedway homeowner

Ten years ago, Kevin Carrell honored his ailing mother's wish to take over ownership of her Speedway, Ind., home so she could move into an assisted living facility. The family home had fallen into major disrepair, Carrell says. "I had grandiose plans, but I quickly discovered it was financially overwhelming," he says.

Coupled with a job loss in a slow economy, Carrell says finding money to fix the sagging roof, failing HVAC system and deteriorating garage bordered on impossible.

That's when his sister, Janet Strader, stepped in and asked the Angie's List Wishmakers program for help. "Kevin did a noble thing to help my mom let go of our childhood home so she could move on with her life, but now he needs help with the repairs so he can move on with his," Strader wrote in her nomination letter.

In response, a small army of highly rated contractors from 10 area companies offered to help. "Thanks to some really great companies here in Indianapolis, Kevin is getting more than a solid roof over his head — and we've all been reminded how great this community is," says Angie's List founder Angie Hicks.

Chris Cunningham, owner of Service Plus Heating & Air Conditioning in Brownsburg, replaced the HVAC system with a new one donated by Bryant, and Mite-E-Ducts in Zionsville cleaned the home's air ducts. "I just believe in good karma," Cunningham says. Mite-E-Ducts owner Clay Winters echoes that sentiment: "It was just a way for us to give back."

Employees from Robert D. Stevens Roofing Co. in Indianapolis and Jordan Roofing in Beech Grove stripped away the home's aging shingles and decking, and installed a new roof with materials donated by ABC Supply in Indianapolis and shingle manufacturer Owens Corning. "I just like to help people. In my opinion, you have to give back," says Robert Stevens.

Gutter Covers of Indiana in Indianapolis installed new gutters and downspouts to replace the home's rusted gutters using materials purchased by Weather Shield in Indianapolis. "It's nice to help someone who needs a hand," says Gutter Covers owner Dan Feldhaus.

Contractors hit a snag with repairs to Carrell's collapsing garage after discovering significantly more structural damage than initially thought. A second Wishmakers' call for help resulted in a repair plan formulated by Lifestyle Group Residential Remodeling in Indianapolis, and repairs made by New Palestine remodeling firm Thomas J. Pearson, who donated the labor and materials. Overhead Door of Indianapolis, 8811 Bash St., wrapped up the whole-home makeover with a new garage door.

All told, the companies donated nearly $25,000 in labor and materials to restore Carrell's home. "All the contractors were great and it was a real answer to a prayer," Strader says of her wish come true.

"It's a wonderful feeling and a big relief," Carrell says. "My mother passed away a few years ago, but she would have been elated to know what's been accomplished."


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