Have you ever seen someone give away a house
to a total stranger? I didn’t think so. It’s not something that happens every day, is it?
We have just entered phase 3 of our Military Makeover. In two more days, we’ll be handing
over the keys to the front door of this house to a very deserving warrior and his family.
I am Gunnery Sergeant R. Lee Ermey, and we are Military Makeover brought to you by our
friends at SunTrust Bank. Hoorah! (music).
Time for us to show our appreciation and give back
to those who have sacrificed.
“For your service to our country.” This is Designing Spaces Military Makeover.
Today’s Military Makeover is sponsored in part by SunTrust Mortgage.
Right now we are elbow-deep into a Military Makeover for a young wounded solder, his wife,
and two little kids. You know, usually we go to their existing home and give it one
of our supersize renovations. This time, however, is different. We are renovating this house
and giving it to Tommy Travis and his little family. You want to meet them? I thought so.
Tommy was deployed to Baghdad, Iraq when he witnessed the brutal death of one of his best
friends in the Army. The incident had a profound effect on Tommy. In addition to post traumatic
stress disorder, he was also diagnosed with traumatic brain injury. Now it’s time for
us at Designing Spaces to give back to Tommy and his family.
We live in a very small 900 square foot duplex. We’re thankful to have it. We’ve filled it
with love and lots of things that we’ve found at thrift stores and the side of the road.
Moving to this home is going to be more of a life change than I could ever imagine. Tinky
is an Earth angel. Yes.
She is incredible. How do you say thank you to somebody that’s changed your life? How
do you tell them you’ve given my children the place that they can call home for the
rest of their lives? Her name is Tinky Stuart, and she is a lady
with a heart of gold. She is the blessed soul who has given this house to the Travis family.
I can’t wait for you to meet her. I was born and raised in Ohio around the Columbus
area and one of 13 children, and I had three brothers in the Air Force all at the same
time. My husband was a Marine. He was a Japanese interpreter in the Marine Corps. My son wasn’t
well, so I took him to the doctor. And the doctor did a blood test on him, and found
out that his white blood count was so high. He was diagnosed with Leukemia. After he died
of Leukemia, I didn’t have much care for living here, but I sure miss them both. I miss my
husband, my son. But I have a little dog that I take everywhere with me. So, I hope whichever
veteran we choose for the house, I hope that he appreciates everything this Designing Spaces
has helped make this house back over for him. (music). (music).
Art! Your mission is to find out how we can help the Travis family enjoy economic flexibility
for years to come. Can you handle that, Art? You bet I can, Gunny. But I’m not doing it
alone. Backing us up on this Military Makeover is Kimberly Durkot, Product Manager for Intermatic
Incorporated. Intermatic is a family-based business in the
United States for 125 plus years, and therefore we have a deep appreciation for the men and
women who serve and protect our country. Oh, well you know what, they are going to
just be blown away with the results of this makeover.
Of course Kim has brought along a few amazing goodies for this Military Makeover Party.
Let’s talk about surge protection because, you know, in my mind you always see these
power strips, right? And they have surge protection to protect your electronics, but you’re talking
about a whole house system. Most homeowners, when they think of surge
protection, use surge strips to protect maybe their PC or a flat screen TV. But there’s
other products in the house that are very expensive, other appliances and electronics,
that also need to be protected. If you think about how much money a homeowner
spends on their central AC System, protecting it seems like a wise decision.
If you get a power surge, it can burn out the compressor, the condenser, right? And
there’s a specific surge protector for that. Correct. We have an award winning product,
The Compressor Defender, which is installed outside on your air conditioner condenser
unit. And it helps to protect against the three most common electrical failures which
is surges, brownouts, and short cycling. Now how about the outside outlets around the
pool, around the exterior of the house where you can plug things in? You need special covers
for those, waterproof covers. Correct. So Intermatic has a full line of
plastic in-use weatherproof covers, and on the house we’ve installed beige ones to kind
of match with the surroundings. We have a full line of colors in the plastic in-use
covers, and these are also required by the national electrical code. It’s there to keep
your family safe, to protect the outlets from wet weather conditions.
So, these enable you to actually have something plugged in, say Christmas lights or something
like that or a spotlight, right? Mm-Hmm. Absolutely.
And you can leave it plugged in, and the cover keeps it completely dry?
Absolutely. We’ll come back to Kimberly. But first, let’s
take a look at the progress we’ve made with the Travis’ new floor and firestone install.
(music). You were there during the design process and
picking out the materials with the Travis family, and now to see it all down, and obviously
we still have a long way to go, but you know we’ve got our beautiful fireplace surround.
We’ve got our faux wood tile, and we’re also doing the tile backsplash underneath our brand
new Choice Cabinets. Tell us about that. That’s going to look great, right?
I think it’s going to be perfect. It’s going to compliment the floors as well as the fireplace,
and it’ll pull it all together. Now, did they select the tile and the granite
at the same time so it balances and matches, you know, coordinates?
Yes. They came to our show room in Orlando, and they spent a couple hours with our design
team, and we helped them through the selection process. And we made sure that everything
was coordinated. We came up with a design for them, and then we delivered the materials
here. Well, everything looks super classic and contemporary.
So, it’s going to last and go in style for a long long time. So, you’ve done a fantastic
job helping the Travis family. Thanks for your participation on this.
(music). The kitchen is nearly completed. The cabinetry,
provided by Choice Cabinets for the Travis family, has the look of expensive high-end
custom cabinets, but are actually very affordable. How about we get Tinky involved in the makeover?
I decided to Skype with her and show her the progress that we’ve made.
Alright, so we’ve got Tinky on Skype, and we’re going to show her the remodel for the
very first time of her old house that she gave to the Travis family. So, Tinky are you
ready? I’m ready.
Okay. Here we go. All set.
So, this is the living room, and look at the floor. Do you see the new tile?
Oh my! And look at the fireplace.
Oh lovely, lovely. Yes. So, we got nice new paint happening.
I’m glad to see that red gone. Red is depressing. (Laughter).
Now here’s the kitchen cabinets. Oh my! Oh my!
That’s where the refrigerator will go. Very nice.
So, we’re making progress, Tinky. You’ve got some good workers there, I’d say.
We sure do. A lot of great volunteers. Alright, Tinky, listen. It’s been great talking with
you. We’ll keep you updated. Yes, do. Please. Okay. Alright.
Alright. Everybody. Stay well and keep working.
Okay. Bye bye. Well, there you go. I told you, Gunny, I would take care of Tinky and
we showed her everything, and I think we got the thumbs of approval. So, we’ll keep working
and we’ll keep sweating. So, stick around. (music).
(music). Okay. We are well underway with phase 3 of
our Military Makeover, renovating a house for a deserving military family. But where
is the Travis family, you ask. Well you don’t think we’d just leave them out to the wolves,
right Art? Art? Oh Art! Oh, Gunny. They’re in good hands at WoodSpring
Suites where they’re given a grand tour and of course a nice place to stay. Our cameras
were there when they arrived. And to tell us about it, we’ve invited Angela Woolridge.
Angela, thank you so much for being here. How did you get involved with our show?
We’ve had the privilege of having many military personnel and their families stay with WoodSpring
Suites over the years. We’re just so happy to give back.
Now this is more than just a hotel, right? This is like extended-stay, a week or more,
kind of place? Yes. We cater to guests that have extended
stay needs, for a week or longer. For example, if you’re visiting the area on business, vacation,
visiting family and friends, relocating to an area, or having a house renovation or remodeled
like the Travis’. Yeah, and that’s really helpful because then
you don’t feel totally disrupted with your life, right?
Right. We try to have all the basic amenities that you need at our property, and we offer
a great value for our product as well. By conducting extensive research and listening
to guest comments, WoodSpring Suites caters their amenities to suit their needs.
And you have a specialty cleaning system that you implemented.
We do things a little bit different than other properties in the industry. We clean the comforters.
We wash the shower curtains. We take everything out of the room, and we clean everything head
to toe. And that’s how our rooms are designed, to be cleaned at a moments notice. And then
we replace all of those items with impeccably clean furnishings. And like the Travis’, that
have small children, I know that’s an important value for them. You couple that with our 99-point
cleaning process and you have one of the cleanest rooms in the industry.
We’ll revisit WoodSpring Suites, but first, let’s check back in with Kimberly from Intermatic.
With the Intermatic whole house surge protection device and consumable modules. Everything
in the house is protected like your large appliances such as the refrigerator and washer
and dryer. Now, I get this statement on my power bill. It says “Zap Cap” or whatever,
and they charge me a fee every month through the power company. You can avoid that by buying
your own surge protection, right? Correct. So, you buy the whole house surge
protective device. You need to have a licensed electrician to install it to your main electrical
panel. This way, homeowners can monitor it themselves and make sure their home is protected.
Pool operation can be as much as 20% of the entire electrical consumption. Kim has brought
along a money saving solution for that as well.
The MultiWave system allows the homeowner to control up to five different operations
for their pool via wireless remote, whether it’s a fountain, a spa, lighting, the pool
cleaner. So, you can set the timer to maybe when power
usage isn’t at a premium, so it cost a little bit less?
Correct. And, in addition, you can take a dip in the pool without being surprised by
the temperature being off because the temperature sensors, with the MultiWave, actually monitor
and control the temperature of both your pool and your spa.
Other items that will be installed inside the Travis’ new home include wall timers and
occupancy sensors in the laundry room. So, the occupancy sensor will work by turning
on and off the lights when it senses somebody walking into a room and walking out of a room.
Imagine carrying a basket full of laundry. You don’t have to balance that and also try
to turn on the light switch in the laundry room.
Yeah, because that can get a little tricky, using an elbow or a hip or something like
that. Well, thank you so much for being here, Kim, and we appreciate your contribution to
the project. Thank you.
The Travis family is staying at WoodSpring Suites during this makeover. WoodSpring Suites
positioned their locations close to major highways and attractions in major metropolitan
areas. Now the Travis’ are there right now. What
makes it like a home for them? Well, we’re happy to have them, but some of
the amenities from home that they will enjoy are our kitchens. We have a full refrigerator.
We have a microwave, and we have a stovetop. They can actually prepare meals in their room
for themselves and their kids. The Travis’ have two small children. As a
family of four, it’s important to have room to spread out. The WoodSpring Suite room offers
plenty of room to accomodate them all. There are different segments of the room.
There’s a kitchen area, there’s a live-in area, and then there’s a bedroom area, and
obviously the bathroom. Wow. That is really helpful because, you know,
to displace somebody from their home, you know, it can be jarring for family and their
routine, especially with the mess that we’ve got going on here. But, I think it will be
worth it in the end. And we can’t thank you enough for being involved in this. It’s really
great the work you’re doing with us. Oh, no problem. We’re happy to be a part of
it. Like I said earlier, we’re just very excited to help out our military personnel and their
families. Well, thank you so much. It was great to meet
you. Thank you.
You know, part of the process of getting Tommy and Beth into their new home means getting
their gear over here. Now, we’ve got the movers, and they’re not just any movers either. Art,
you have the honor of working with some of the best in this country. Shape up and show
some respect. Maybe you’ll learn something. (music).
Hey, Gunny, nothing but respect going on here, especially for these guys. This is Matt from
Arpin Van Lines, and you’re the ones moving the Travis family from their old home to this
beautiful new home. Thanks for doing that. Oh, thanks. We’re thrilled to be part of it.
You know, Arpin Van Lines moves 40,000 families a year around the globe. We do international
and domestic moving, and our biggest customer are military families. I’m retired military.
Between our family of agents and our drivers, we’ve got a ton of retired military and ex-military
in our groups. So, we’re trilled to be able to support the Travis’ and this great event
today. Arpin Van Lines is used to moving a lot of
people. Among them are 15,000 military families per year. So, they definitely know what it
takes. It’s really a partnership between you and
the family. Absolutely. Throughout. And all the way to
the destination and even beyond. We always talk about customers for life. So, we’re going
to try to get those folks, and get them again, and have them move with us again. We only
do that by giving them a good move, working with them throughout the process, and that’s
exactly what we’re talking about. Thanks for being here. I’m gonna let you help
and get back to work, man. Thank you. Appreciate it.
A big turning point is happening with our Military Makeover right now. The furniture
truck has arrived. CORT Furniture is helping our Military Makeover
by providing all of the furniture for the Travis’ new home. We visited one of their
showrooms and met with Adam Howard to find out more about CORT.
Our furniture rental showrooms are intended to be a resource for our customers. It’s our
goal to be an indispensable resource for them, and it starts with the showroom. They can
come here and learn about who we are and what we offer firsthand. We have rental consultants
and retail professionals on hand to help them through the process and to answer any questions
that they may have. CORT offers a wide variety of products. They
don’t only offer furniture but also rugs and accessories that can be used to make a house
a home. We take a great sense of pride in the quality
and durability of our product. We know that our customers lives hard and we provide a
product that will allow them to live hard and in comfort and style.
Having the world’s largest rental relocation and transition service in your corner can
only be a good thing. It’s wonderful to be a part of an opportunity
where we can reach out and help a very deserving military veteran and his family. There’s no
greater sacrifice than members of the military make for us and for our freedom, and to be
able to give back and return is really something special. I can’t wait to get in, roll up my
sleeves, and make this project come to fruition. Art, don’t even think about taking a nap on
that new sofa. I read you like a book buddy. Don’t worry about it, Gunny. I’m going to
start loading stuff in here all by myself. I can handle it.
You doing heavy lifting? I gotta see that. Now the only heavy lifting I’ve ever seen
you do is 16 ounce curls. Try not to hurt yourself. We don’t have a medic here, and
there’s no ambulance standing by. Better be careful now.
Don’t worry. After we load in everything, I’ll get my reps in on 16 ounce curls, but
right now, I’ve got Adam from CORT Furniture. Hey buddy.
Hey Art. How are you doing? Alright, so what do we got going on?
We’ve got a truck full of furniture for the Travis family. We’re ready to make their house
a home. Get your guys. I’ll meet you around back.
Adam, that’s nice looking stuff. So, the Travis’ have no idea what we’ve picked out for them.
No idea. We’re excited, Art. You name, we’ve got it. We found furnishings for all of the
house. Alright, so we’ve got a bedroom?
Absolutely. We’ve got the living room?
Oh yeah. How about a nice dining room table for family
dinners? Yeah, you know, family is what matters. So,
we took care of them even in the living room, the dining room. They’re going to be comfortable.
It’s about family, and we’re going to make sure that they can do it in the peace of their
home. We’re excited about it. Alright, man. Let’s start bringing this stuff
Take note, Gunny. I need your help out here. Really good to see Ol’ Art finally engaged
in a little physical activity around here. You know, it’s required if you’re going to
be part of this team. Once again, our half hour has whizzed by like a speeding bullet,
but we have a lot more to do. Join us next time as we hand over the keys to the Travis
family. There won’t be a dry eye in the house, including mine probably. This is Military
Makeover brought to you by my friends at SunTrust Bank. At ease. See you next time.
(music). Today’s Military Makeover is sponsored in
part by SunTrust Mortgage. Brought to you in part by iRULU, connecting my world.