From Dream Home Disaster to Divine Renovation

Candice Olson surprises an employee and his wife after a devastating house fire.

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Before: A Dream Deferred
Six years ago, Rudi (one of Divine Design’s favorite contractors) and his wife, Sue, moved to their dream home outside of the city. Surrounded by farmland, the couple thrived on the tranquility of the country, but it was still close enough to the city for Rudi to commute to work.

They had lovingly completed the renovations on their home when disaster struck. While they were away one weekend, there was a fire in their home. It destroyed their basement, and the smoke damage was so severe that nothing could be salvaged in the house.

Left without furniture, clothing or mementos, the couple moved into a hotel room. But after months of being displaced, they were desperate to get settled back into their house. Since Rudi works so hard on Divine Design, I decided to get my crew to give him and his wife a beautiful space to come home to: a casual, contemporary (and slightly rustic) open-concept living/dining room.