Paul Davis Donates Home Retrofit Project to Local Teen in Need

March 17, 2014 // // Gaithersburg, Md. - Paul Davis Restoration and Remodeling of Suburban Maryland and Washington, DC, a leading provider of fire, water and mold damage restoration services and remodeling for residential and commercial properties, has donated extensive remodeling services to a Middletown, Md., teen with a rare form of cancer.

Brock Merwin, Paul Davis' Vice President, was recently contacted by a friend who is a neighbor of T.J. Rufty, the young man who had chemotherapy treatments which left him paralyzed from the chest down. T.J. has many special needs which include the necessity for extra heat sources, because he cannot regulate his own body temperature. During the cancer treatments, the local community supported T.J. with fundraisers and Paul Davis created a brand new room for the teenager with custom retrofitting to provide safety and comfort during his recovery. For more information, visit the T.J. Rufty website at

According to Merwin, the Paul Davis project manager on the job was Frank Jenkins who was responsible for overseeing a complete gutting and remodel of two areas in an existing basement to create a 14-foot by 11-foot bedroom with a directly accessible 8-foot by 6-foot bathroom. The area mimics the space in the rehab center where T.J. was in therapy for months.

Specifically, the Paul Davis team made minor wall framing changes with new insulation, wiring, plumbing, and drywall with moldings, and provided new painting. A large window was installed so T.J. could see outside from his bedroom. Additionally, 42-inch rolling doors were installed for interior privacy from the bathroom and bedroom with radiant heat under new porcelain tile in the bedroom and bath on separate thermostats.

Wall-mounted auxiliary heat and air conditioning was placed in the bedroom. Several receptacles to accommodate medical equipment were installed along with a small vanity and countertop to serve as nursing station. A new ceiling fan and recessed lighting was installed in bedroom. In the bathroom, Paul Davis built an accessible roll in shower, a wall-hung sink, and separate heating in the floor and ceiling along with a new window.

In the hallway, a built-in cabinet was installed for medical supply storage away from the room, but close enough for weekly restocking. And, a 42-inch wide exterior door was installed for better power chair accessibility from the family's van straight to his room.

"The work was started just at the time when the 'polar vortex' hit the east coast. We did the project mostly on Saturdays and Sundays to accommodate our staff team of volunteers, subcontractors, suppliers, friends and family," said Merwin. "It was important for us to meet with T.J.'s rehab nurses to approve the plans and materials. We received unanimous approval to begin the project within days." Merwin then placed a special order for all materials before demolition of the original space. The Paul Davis office will continue to provide miscellaneous adjustments based on T.J. getting accustomed to the new space and the family realizing what they are facing with the teen's recovery.

Merwin thanks the many local remodeling industry leaders who donated professional electricians and equipment, and insulation materials and labor, to name a few. Paul Davis' subcontractors helped with setting tile and drywall finishing, and paint. The company's employees donated their time with the demolition, framing, drywall installation and finishing, along with setting windows and doors, interior moldings, doors, and hardware. The plumbing labor was provided one of Paul Davis' insurance contacts and an associate who is a licensed plumber. Additional donated supplies included Dal Tile which supplied radiant heat wiring and thermostats for under the ceramic tile, and The Home Depot store which supplied the porcelain floor tile and generic building supplies, plus drywall and trim and screws, glues and other materials. Ferguson donated the roll-in shower, toilet, sink, and faucets, and the local Kohl Building Supplies donated windows and exterior doors. Paul Davis made additional purchases for supplies not provided by suppliers.

Paul Davis Restoration and Remodeling of Suburban Maryland and Washington, DC is owned by Tom Plant, who has been serving customers in the region for more than 25 years. The office supports individuals, families and organizations with donated services for those most in need. For more information, call 301.948.8008. Visit the company's website at

About Paul Davis

Paul Davis Restoration, Inc. is a national franchisor and leading provider of restoration services for residential and commercial properties since 1966. Paul Davis Restoration also provides advanced mold cleanup services and has franchise locations throughout North America with owners and technicians who are certified by The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). For more information, visit the website at

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