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Tabeling receives ‘new’ home for Christmas

Modified: Friday, Dec 21st, 2012

Homeowner Connie Tabeling gives Century Property Management owner Darlene McCarroll a hug at the unveiling of the ninth annual home makeover at the Tabeling home on Friday.

Courier editor

ALAMOSA — “I can’t believe it’s the same room,” Connie Tabeling repeated as she walked through each room of her remodeled home yesterday during the 2012 home makeover unveiling.

“I can’t thank all of you enough,” she said. “It’s just too much. It’s beautiful.”

Connie’s compact adobe home on West Avenue in Alamosa received a roof-to-front-door makeover thanks to Century Property Management and its generous vendors. Floors and ceilings were replaced, carpet installed, exterior and interior walls painted, plumbing redone, a new roof put on, doors and windows installed and even new cabinets and appliances installed in the kitchen.

“Oh my gosh,” Connie said as she walked from room to room to see all the improvements made to her little home.

“I am still speechless.”

She was especially in awe of the kitchen improvements including her first dishwashing machine and clothes dryer so she won’t have to dry her washing on a rack or outside.

“It’s beautiful. It’s just beautiful,” she said.

She said she had wanted new cabinets but thought at her time in life she would never see anything new.

“They are beautiful.”

All of the improvements were made in a month’s time, with a few finishing touches left for warmer weather. For example, Connie’s fence will be painted and Absmeier Landscaping will spruce up the exterior when the weather warms up.

This is Century Property Management’s ninth annual makeover. The company, owned by Darlene McCarroll, looks for someone who has a need and who fits within the skills of their vendors, and Connie fit the bill this year.

Nominated by Liz Tabeling Garcia, Connie is retired and living on a fixed income. She has lived in the same house since she was born 79 years ago, grew up with her 13 siblings in that house, raised her three children there and cares for her great grandson part time in her home.

She was overwhelmed and appreciative to be chosen for a home makeover this year and looks forward to spending Christmas back in her remodeled home.

Those who made this Christmas gift possible for Connie included:

• Alamosa Building Supply, which persuaded its vendors to help as well — Mountain Fiber Insulation; Weyerhaeuser; Bluelinx; Primesource Building; Blanca View Truss; Universal Forest; and Orepac Building.

• Masters Touch that provided the painting and Sherwin Williams that donated the paint

• Alpine Electric, which rewired the house

• Highlands Cabinets, which installed all new kitchen cabinets

• Double S Stone and Supply, which performed the drywall, taping and texturing work

• Right Carpet, which provided padding and carpeting

• Vendola Plumbing, which redid much of the plumbing in the house

• SLV Building Components that will be putting a metal roof on the house when it warms up

• Floor Store that installed vinyl flooring and tile

• Greer Roofing, which helped with the roof project

• Hogues Glass that supplied the double-paned windows so Connie no longer has to cover her windows with plastic to keep out the cold

• Valley Courier for covering the project in the newspaper

• Silver Mountain Disposal for providing a dumpster for disposal of construction debris

• Bervigs True Value, which provided the light fixtures

• Steve’s Lawn Care, which cleaned up the yard

• Absmeier Landscaping, which will work on the exterior in the spring

• Wal-Mart, which donated items for the project

• Coleman Construction, which came in when the project was behind and worked through the night to finish it up

• 3-2-1 Maintenance (Holly Coleman)

• Sports Print Plus, which provided home makeover t-shirts

• MGM Carpet Cleaning

• Veronica and Jose, who cleaned the refrigerator and stove and promised to help Connie move back in

• Century Property Management and owner Darlene McCarroll whom her staff Ron Seybold described as “the most giving person I know.”

McCarroll provided a few Christmas gifts under a beautifully decorated tree for Connie as well as a few new items in her closet.

“You have a heart of gold,” Property Management staff Becky Sisneros told McCarroll and said, “you are your mom’s right hand” to her daughter Holly Coleman.

Alamosa Mayor Kathy Rogers presented Darlene and Holly with plaques from the city expressing the city’s gratitude for their selflessness in this project.

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