2020 Was a Great Year for Carrington House

January 25, 2021

One of the most important Signature programs that CCF supports is Carrington House. Rooted in CCF’s Stability pillar, Carrington House provides custom, adaptive housing for post-9/11 combat wounded Veterans, enabling them to regain independence in their own homes. This is accomplished by repairing, renovating or constructing a home tailored to the specific needs of each Veteran and their family. To date, Carrington House has built 24 homes for deserving Veterans; and two more homes are currently under construction. 

Because so much was accomplished in 2020, we decided to take a look back on how the Carrington House projects evolved throughout the year, and where things stand today. All the information below is courtesy of Mr. Clay Morgan, VP of Facilities for Carrington Mortgage Holdings: 

January – Construction was underway on a home for U.S. Army Specialist Michael Liscomb and his wife, Desiree. The foundation was completed and the house was delivered and set in place. The interior finish was scheduled to begin and the utilities were to be connected. Construction was also scheduled to begin on the garage. 

March – By March, the Liscomb family home was nearly complete. The interior finish work was completed, appliances were installed and furniture orders had been placed. Some work remained on the garage and exterior finishes, but everyone expected that the Liscombs would be able to occupy their new home by mid-April. 

June – The home for Michael Liscomb and his family was completed, and they were very excited move in. Michael profusely thanked everyone involved in building his home. “My family and I are so grateful to everyone who has made this possible,” said Michael. “We're very appreciative of all the time, effort and hard work that everyone has contributed, and we can’t thank them enough.” 

Also, ground was broken on a new home for U.S. Army Sergeant 1st Class Matthew Miles. The expected build time was 12 months. 

July – The grading and foundation work for the Miles project was been completed, and progress was made on the wall framing. Rough framing was expected to be completed by the end of the month, after which the interior work would begin. Matt and Maria Miles were very engaged in the project, and visited the site regularly to view the progress.  

August – The rough framing and exterior sheathing on the Miles home was complete and windows were installed. The frame walk and other interior details were fine tuned to ensure greater accessibility for Matt. 

September – For the Miles Project, the interior mechanicals – plumbing, electric, HVAC, etc. – were completed; and the exterior stucco and roof installation were in progress. The completion was projected for January 2021, barring unforeseen weather delays. In addition to the ongoing work on the Miles home, two new projects were begun: 

Escrow was closed on a beautiful home in Heber City, Utah, for U.S. Army Sergeant Matthew Melancon. The house was just a year old and in beautiful condition. However, some modifications were necessary to accommodate Matt’s needs, including an accessible shower in the Master Bathroom, as well as reworking the front porch and rear deck to provide greater access. Thanksgiving was a target date for Matt to move into his new home. 

A beautiful new home development in Northern Virginia was found for U.S. Marine Corporal Michael Jernigan. The site was in a small development called Robelli Farms, and was one of only 10 sites in this lush landscape of Virginia. Michael and his wife, KimberLee, were expected to make their first visit to the site to finalize material selections, and construction was expected to begin toward the end of October. Project completion was anticipated in May 2021. 

October – Things were progressing smoothly on all the homes for these three outstanding and deserving Veterans and their families. The Melancon home was expected to be finished by Thanksgiving, and the Miles and Jernigan homes were scheduled for completion in 2021. 

November – Matt Melancon moved into his new forever home on November 16, which meant he would be able to celebrate his first Thanksgiving there! However, some work was still being done on the rear exterior deck.

On the Miles home, all of the rough framing, rough electrical and rough mechanical work were completed, and installation of the roof had begun. Once the roof was completed, insulation and drywall work began.

Rough grading of the lot for the Jernigan home was underway, and the foundation work begun. Projected completion of the home was scheduled for June 2021. 

December – We shared that Matthew Melancon had officially moved into his new home just in time for Thanksgiving. All of the interior work was completed, and work on the rear deck was wrapping up. 

For the Miles home, installation of the roof and the exterior stone work was completed. Same for the interior insulation. Drywall was to begin by the end of the month. 

For the Jernigan home, the lot clearing and grading was completed on the site; and the forming for the foundation had begun. At this time, June 2021 was still the anticipated completion date. 

January – The Melancon Project is now 100% complete, with the exterior deck being finished. Matt has also started some of his own alterations to the space by creating an exercise area in his basement where he can work out. 

The Miles project is making some nice progress, now that the exterior stucco and roofing are complete. The insulation has been installed, and the drywall work should be complete soon. Once the drywall is finished, the painting and millwork installation will begin. 

Although the Jernigan project got off to a slow start due to of grading negotiations with the city, grading and foundation work are underway, and we hope to have more photographs to share soon.