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Bathroom Remodel for Family in Need Finally Complete


SPARKS, Nev. -- A family's dream becomes a reality thanks to the help of two local contractors. KOLO 8 News was there two moths ago, when the Farr family was surprised with a $10,000 bathroom make-over, and now construction is finally complete.

"Everybody needs something and the people who can help and can do, should," Morgan Kapci, production manager from Family Custom Shower and Bath said.

It's exactly what Roger Mills and Cindy Thomas did as part of a contest they launched in April. The local owners of Family Custom Shower and Bath and Sparks Tile and Stone selected Colleen Farr and her mother, Betty, to receive a new bathroom, one they so desperately needed.

"She gets bed baths now, but the shower will make her feel human again, like she's alive," Colleen Farr said.

Not only was the bathroom too small for Better Farr to get through with her wheel chair, but the old plumbing made hot water a luxury.

"They couldn't use it.they had a really bad design," Kapci said. "The shower was inaccessible for her, the toilet was out too far, the sink was completely the wrong kind and we revamped it where she could used everything."

He says in his 20 years in the business, it's one of the worst bathrooms he's seen. The biggest challenge the construction team faced was the age of the house. It took a little more than 100 hours of volunteered labor and donated materials to complete the project, which is has an estimated cost of $8,000.

"When you're disabled and you have somebody come in and do something of quality like this and kindness from their hearts it's such a blessing," Colleen Farr said.

Before the remodel the highest pressure of this show was a slow trickle. Now, the family can finally have access to hot running water from a fully functioning shower head.

"[Colleen] can take her mom in there in her wheel chair and the whole bathroom is waterproof so there won't be anymore problems," Cindy Thomas, owner of Sparks Tile and Stone said.

Betty Farr has been waiting for an entire year to take a shower, and now thanks to the help of the community, she finally can.

"She can't wait to have the warm cold water run over her," Farr's daughter said.

Mills and Thomas are currently in talks of launching a similar contest in the future.


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