A week ago, local musician Mark Garth sat in his living room answering Facebook comments as workers began demolishing what was his bedroom. This week, the dream of Garth and many of his musician friends is looking more like a reality.
With just one week into the renovation, the foundation is set, wall framing and rough siding are installed and the roof construction is complete.
The roof was a major part of the project. Under the leadership of contractor Glynn Hejny, the entire roof over the rear of the building is new.
“We covered up all of the old structure to have a smooth roof that will be free of leaks. I’m very pleased the way it turned out,” Hejny said on Friday. “Due to the help of the many volunteers, we are a week ahead of schedule. I am so grateful for everyone’s help.”
By the end of this week, all of the city inspections should be complete, with drywall to go up starting this weekend.
“Monday we will start back working with the heating and air conditioning, plumbing and electrical contractors starting their work,” Hejny said.
Because Garth is confined to a wheelchair, light switches and outlets have to be at a different height than normal to be accessible, Hejny said, noting that the electrical contractor was on the site Friday.
Since the beginning, Garth has been active in the renovation, arriving to meet and visit with the volunteers. Fellow musician Sam Taylor of Ennis said Garth has been up early every morning to see the progress.
On Saturday, about 20 volunteers from Damascus Road Fellowship Church as well as others returned for some cleanup and preparations for this week. Among the next steps is the removal of the old carport to make way for driveway improvements and a new carport.
Taylor said the project, which started as a dream, is becoming a reality due to the generosity and help of many volunteers, businesses and individual donations.
“While we would not be where we are today without this help, we are accepting any donations that anyone would want to make. All of the donations we receive go directly to the project with none going for administrative expenses,” he said.
Anyone interested in making a donation can contact Waxajam’s 501(c)3 corporation board members through e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, by visiting the Waxajam site on Facebook or by contacting Taylor directly at 214-727-2378.
As the work was progressing Friday, Garth was thanking Taylor and the workers for what “a wonderful thing” they are doing for him.
Taylor told Garth, “This is a dream in progress that will happen. Thank us when it is complete.”