Home improvement before and after
In addition to Habitat’s work building new houses in your community and around the world, families also partner with us to improve places they can call home.
Check out these projects to see how amazing transformations like these help more families achieve strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter.
Vero Beach, Florida
Affording much-needed repairs to her home was a challenge for Candra, who works and goes to school in addition to raising three children. Then Candra partnered with . Having completed her sweat equity requirement, she now makes a low monthly payment to Habitat for the repairs.
The repairs to Candra’s house included new siding and exterior doors. Plumbing work has lowered the family’s water bills significantly. “When I bought my house, I knew I had work to do, but I just did not know how I was going to get it done on my income. Now my kids can feel good about the home they live in,” Candra says. “I love it.”
His children grown, Oliver struggled to keep up with the maintenance on his home. He first partnered with five years ago to put on a new roof and repair a floor that had caved in. Oliver recently partnered with Memphis Habitat a second time to paint his home.
“Words can’t express the way I feel about the situation,” Oliver says about Memphis Habitat and its volunteers. “I can’t get my words together for the work they have done and how thankful I am for them.”
The critical repair on Kathryn’s house started off as a new roof. It became clear to , however, that her home was poorly insulated, resulting in high utility bills and pests inside the house.
Kathryn partnered with Habitat Springfield to install new siding and exterior doors and replace drafty windows. She now lives in a safer home, and her utility bills are much lower.
This house, which had been damaged in a fire, is located in one of the oldest neighborhoods in Roanoke.
took the house down to the studs and rebuilt it. The house — which Yussuf, Patience and their children now call home — is part of a community effort to revitalize this historic neighborhood.
Homeowners Shree and Purna, both educators who emigrated from Nepal, worked side by side with staff and volunteers to rehab their new house.
Homeownership is giving Shree and Purna the strength and security they need to settle into their new lives. Their involvement with Habitat continues beyond paying their affordable mortgage every month. Shree is an interpreter for other Nepalese families going through Habitat’s workshops on home maintenance and financial literacy.
Over the past five years, Annie, who is 79, has partnered with to make much-needed repairs on her home. After Annie pays off one repair, she and Waco Habitat move on to the next. “She is a wonderful partner,” says Jennifer Evans, repairs construction team leader for Waco Habitat.
Annie’s house has new siding and trim. Repairs to her home’s interior include plumbing and electrical upgrades, a new ceiling fan and a grab bar in the bathroom. The most recent repair is the new ramp that helps Annie get around.
When Pauline and Henry partnered with , the exterior of their house posed safety problems. The floor of the front porch was rotting, limiting access to the family’s home.
Habitat helped the homeowners replace and paint the front porch and do some landscaping to the front yard.
“You could smell the mold,” says Cindy, who partnered with to replace the rotting exterior of her home.
Habitat also helped Cindy installed a new back door with a moon window that allows sunlight into the laundry room. “They saved my little house,” Cindy says. “Now it’s the cutest house on the block.”