Throughout the pandemic, A Brush With Kindness has continued to do health and safety repairs and exterior painting for homeowners, providing an affordable option to maintain their homes at a time when it's needed most.
To showcase the critical work they've been doing, we've put together a series of photos to highlight how the A Brush With Kindness crew has transformed homes into places of safety and security.
"During a year of challenges the A Brush with Kindness team continued to accomplish our health and safety work for families throughout the seven-county metro area. Despite reservations and concerns about being out in the public in the pandemic, they persevered alongside our A Brush with Kindness Regular Crew to continue to get work done. As with any year, we could not do the work without this group of dedicated, mission driven individuals. You will forever be in our hearts for your generosity."
-- Cindy Lehner-Smith
Project Manager for A Brush with Kindness
Enjoy the Photo Showcase!
Jack and daughter Felicia's Home
The house siding and trim were scraped, primed, and painted. Re-roofed the house, replaced/installed windows as needed, and replaced the front door. Performed structural pruning of tree overhanging the roof, installed gutters/downspouts/covers, repaired rot at windows and siding, and cleaned up debris in yard.
Barry and Susan's Home
Scraped, primed, and painted house and garage siding and trim.
Performed minor siding repairs.
Replaced damaged deck boards, powerwashed the deck, and performed minor trim repair. Scraped, primed, and painted siding and trim on house and garage.
Demolished garage, installed chain-link fence at new retaining wall and alley, and replaced deteriorated sidewalk. Repaired basement windows, assembled shed on pavers, reinstalled back storm door, and installed grab bars in first floor bathroom. Supplied and installed metal railings, upgraded electrical service, added motion detector, installed new sump pump and supply lines to kitchen sink. Scraped, primed and painted house trim.
May and Benjamin's Home
Demolished bathroom and installed new tub and trim, installed new bathroom plumbing and electrical work, and installed new insulation and siding at bathroom. Repaired siding, trim, and window panes as needed. Installed front door and front stair railing, repaired lighting as needed, and modified cabinet to hold microwave.
Karen and David's Home
Replaced damaged flooring, side entry door, hose bibs, and deteriorated sidewalk sections. Installed tub cut-out and grab bars in bathroom, installed railing at front stairs, and upgraded electrical panel to breakers. Structural pruning of tree in back yard, and exterior rot repair as needed. Scraped, primed, and painted house and garage siding and trim. Read their blog here.
Corrected front stairs and installed new back stairs, installed motion lights at garage, and installed gutter guards after cleaning gutters. Added two heat ducts in basement and fixed bathtub leak.
Brendan and Andrew's Home
Rebuilt side entry porch and stairs to code, did extensive plumbing work, and removed fence line trees. Replaced front entry and storm doors, secured interior hand rail, and installed grab bars in bathroom. Cleaned gutters, installed leaf screens, and removed leaves from yard. Scraped, primed, and painted house and garage siding and trim.
Replaced deteriorated back deck, fixed egress windows, graded around house, and installed low ramp for accessibility. Cleaned out gutters and installed gutter guards, installed motion detectors and repaired outlets as needed. Scraped, primed, and painted house and attached garage siding and trim.
Repaired walls and ceiling in lower bathroom shower, repaired leaking sump pump, and repaired siding and window trim. Replaced gas dryer, broken garage door and opener, glass in two windows, and water-damaged carpet. Added risers to deck stairs and replaced damaged deck boards. Scraped and painted siding and trim on house and attached garage.
Repaired damaged windowsills, replaced damaged wood storm window with volunteer-made frame, and trimmed tree at front of driveway. Scraped, primed, and painted house siding and trim.
Repaired damaged siding, replaced back deck stairs, and added additional support for structural deck posts. Repaired and/or replaced damaged deck boards as needed. Scraped and painted house and attached garage.
Replaced leaking roof for house and garage, replaced deck, and repaired stucco as needed. Trimmed trees, added motion detectors, and repaired wood on garage. Scraped, primed, and painted house and garage siding and trim.
Replaced damaged flooring in family room and siding on exterior, removed damaged flooring in laundry room and conducted mold mitigation, installed new sump pump, and repaired shower leak. Scraped, primed, and painted house siding and trim.
Replaced deck and stairs, as well as siding and trim where needed. Repaired stucco, replaced spigot, and removed selected trees. Installed power vented water heater and energy-efficient furnace. Scraped, primed, and painted house siding and trim.
Plumbing, electrical, and venting work to move laundry to first floor (kitchen pantry converted to laundry room). Installed new gutters, downspouts, and screens. Replaced kitchen window, installed fire-rated door, and scraped, primed, and painted house siding and trim.
A Brush With Kindness regular volunteers provided and installed new windows and front storm door. Project funded by Hennepin Navigators Program.