DKI Member Company, Cousino Restoration, is a proud participant in the popular ABC Series, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, surprising the Rhodes Family of Columbus, Ohio, with the home of their dreams.
The tight-knit, hard-working, loving, joyous Rhodes family has lived in their neighborhood for over five generations – and they have always put family first.
Their bond is unbreakable – so when Grandpa James and Grandma Jackie’s (also known as the neighborhood’s beloved “Big Momma”) adult daughter Makia was diagnosed with a potentially deadly brain tumor making her unable to work and needing daily care, they did not hesitate to take Makia and her kids into their 941 square foot home.
Now there are seven people living in this small dilapidated home, and although Makia has made progress, she’s still experiencing mental delays and difficulties – so she relies on her parents’ support on a daily basis.Despite the incredibly cramped quarters and almost uninhabitable living conditions, the Rhodes family still manages to exude joy, laughter, and love. They’re an inspiring example of family devotion and sacrifice.
The Extreme Makeover: Home Edition design team had just seven days to build a home that’s larger, safe and whose beauty reflects that of the family living within it. The Rhodes family was whisked away on a dream vacation to the Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa, while Extreme Makeover: Home Edition team leader
Ty Pennington, designers Michael Maloney, Sabrina Soto, Tracy Hutson and local builders P&D Builders, Ltd., and Cousino Restoration, as well as community volunteers, built the structure.
Cousino Restoration assisted by providing drying services, including dehumidification and round-the-clock monitoring and labor, to expedite the drying of the drywall, primer, and paint in the interior and exterior of the home. The project was completed the week of August 7, 2011, and aired Friday, December 16, 2011, at 8 pm Eastern Time on ABC.
Cousino Restoration has provided insurance restoration in the Ohio marketplace since 1970 and has been a DKI Member since 1996. DKI is the exclusive dry down vendor for ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Founded in 1974, DKI assists insurance carriers, commercial and residential clients with restoring properties damaged by fire, water, wind and mold.
The Emmy award-winning reality program Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is now in its 9th season.