What makes Knoxville Extreme Makeover build different than most?

What makes Knoxville Extreme Makeover build different than most?


6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - One of the features that makes the Knoxville Extreme Makeover home build different than most is that instead of one structure, there are three.

That's because Daniel and Mandy Watson not only live at their property on Robinson Road, they turned the upper story of their home and a second, smaller home over to the non-profit they founded, the Restoration House. That's where single mothers live with their children.

"There's two units. They are attached with a breezeway and a parking and drive in the middle," said Grace Construction President Christi Branscom, of the new structures.

The two units behind the house will be the home to single mother families living at the Restoration House.

"The house is across from the duplex building. the house is about 3,000-square feet. The concept of the Restoration House is 'It Takes a Village' and so this is creating a village where not only can they find support from one another with the moms living in the duplex, but they can also find support from the Watson family," Branscom said.

A courtyard and playground area will be built between all three homes.

Branscom says being in charge of this build has taught her more about her community and the strength of some of its women.

"I was so impressed with how confident and secure they are considering all the things they've gone through in their lives," Branscom said.

This project has also reminded Branscom how proud she is to live in East Tennessee.

"I think it's amazing as a Knoxvillian that we have an organization like this," she said. "You meet the clients after they've gone through the program and you're just so impressed with what the Restoration House is able to do for them."

Restoration House board member Carol Reeve says the Watsons plan to expand the non-profit to house as many as 15 single mother families in the next couple of years.

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