Dallas, TX — In 2007, Carlton Marshall, a member of the Dallas Police Department SWAT team, was shot in the neck while serving a narcotics search warrant. Severe spinal cord damage was immediate, followed by hearing loss and a stroke. Although rehabilitation has restored some of his mobility, Carlton is still primarily confined to a wheelchair. His young daughter, Jessica, began having seizures about a month after Carlton was severely wounded.
For an episode that will air Sunday, October, 18, “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” traveled to Lancaster, Texas, to meet Carlton; his wife Susan, a homicide detective; and their children, and then proceeded to rebuild their home in a seven-day span. The team, led by Cheldan Homes, created a renovated space that solved rampant structural and accessibility issues, including snake infestation, a sinking foundation, and a septic system that backed up on their lawn. While the team of hundreds of workers and volunteers rebuilt the home, the Marshall family vacationed at Disneyland.
“For Carlton’s needs, we really had to gut the house and start over. He uses a wheelchair almost all of the time and that made it important to widen every hallway, doorway and room in the house,” said Joey Goss of Cheldan Homes. “When you add on the issues with the foundation, we really had nowhere else to go but to take it all the way down and start over. The advantage of that, though, was that we got to give them lots of additional amenities like upgraded cabinetry and a new fireplace that was donated by Lennox Hearth Products.”
The Lennox Elite™ Series TM-4500 traditional wood-burning fireplace, located in the new family room with soaring cathedral ceilings, features a luxurious custom-built masonry appearance at an affordable price. This generous 45-inch-wide opening with a two-foot chamber depth makes a grand impression while its design allows for easy installation and minimal clearance requirements. Its rugged brick-patterned interior allows expansive fires that add radiant beauty to even the largest rooms.
“No family could be more deserving of this home makeover than the Marshalls. Despite all the challenges they’ve faced, they plan to continue supporting an amazing nonprofit program called Therapeutic Riding of Texas (TROT). The Marshalls hope to modify their horse barn and stables to host TROT sessions, which would also be helpful to Carlton in his physical therapy program,” said Perry Moore, of Overhead Door Company of Ft. Worth, the Lennox dealer that was asked to contribute to the project. “Our part in this was just one way we can say ‘thank you’ to a real hero and his family.”
Founded in 1995 by Joey and Kayemille Goss, Cheldan Homes built three homes in its first year of business. Today, Cheldan is ranked as the 6th largest builder in Fort Worth, a Top Twenty Builder in the DFW metroplex, and the 230th largest builder in the US. This year, Cheldan’s team of forty employees will build 250 homes for buyers in more than 20 new home communities.
Overhead Door Company of Fort Worth has been the Metroplex's complete source for garage doors, electric operators and garage door service since 1962, selling, installing and servicing an extensive line of residential and commercial garage doors and electric openers. Overhead Door Company of Fort Worth also sells and installs a complete line of indoor and outdoor fireplaces, including traditional wood burning, natural gas and the exciting new electric fireplaces
Offering a diverse family of products for every style and budget, Lennox Hearth Products (LHP) is a leading manufacturer of indoor and outdoor fireplaces, fireplace inserts, free-standing stoves, gas log sets, accessories and venting products for the specialty retail, residential new construction and industrial markets. LHP, based in Orange, California, is a business unit of Lennox International Inc. (NYSE: LII). Through its subsidiaries, LII is a global leader in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration markets. More information about LHP can be found at www.lennox.com.