TAKING ACTION FOR YOU: Consumer Reporter Jackie Callaway helps a local wounded vet get help after a contractor started a project, took his money and left him with no bathroom.
PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. - A bomb blast in Iraq left Army Sgt. Brian Beck with severe brain injuries and crippling PTSD.
Then last summer this wounded warrior suffered another blow.
We found Sgt. Beck and his girlfriend, Debra, living in a gutted house with no kitchen and no bathroom.
They accuse the contractor they hired, Mike Fabiano, of taking nearly $30,000 and abandoning a remodel job.
Sgt. Beck and his girlfriend Debra showered in their back yard. A strip of bamboo fencing served as their shield from the neighbors.
We called in NARI, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry and its President Doug King for help.
30 contractors and suppliers from various trades donated their time, talents and materials to remodel the home.
Last week some of them returned to see how it all turned out.
The transformation surpassed this soldier’s hopes. He expressed gratitude to each and every person who took part in restoring his home.
Porcelain tile replaced the bare cement floors. Sleek granite, modern fixtures and state-of-the-art appliances take up what use to be cement block walls.
Best of all, no more showering in the back yard.
For Sgt. Brian Beck the renovation restored much more than this home-- It restored his faith in society.
NARI Subs and Suppliers who helped with Brian Beck Project
Air Quality Control
Exhaust ducting, roof vent
Banning Lumber & Millwork
Bin There Dump That
G2 Design, LLC.
Water Proofing, counter tops
Olde World Cabinetry
Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay
Electrical and plumbing fees
Wallace Carpentry, Inc.
Other companies that helped
The Carpet Store
Daniel Insulation, LLC
Insulation - all types
Double XL Hauling
Patch around kitchen exhaust
The Home Depot
K&S Wholesale Tile
Kings of King Construction
Carpentry, window install
Pro-Tech Plumbing Inc.
Shower glass enclosure
Block work, lintel
Doug King Contracting