In the state of Florida, I understand that there are no more than a dozen licensed Medwaiver providers who are contractors.  This past month, I spent a great deal of time with Brad Shea of AbleHouse, LLC, who is one of the few contractors who can be reimbursed for Medwaiver renovations.  He has renovated our bathroom and kitchen.

Standing with a group of professionals and parents several weeks ago, I mentioned that Shea was do our kitchen renovation.  Immediately, three people said, “I need to get in touch with him.  He did a renovation for several of my consumers or my family member.  I wouldn’t want to use anyone else.  He was careful, concerned and a true craftsman.”     

If you are in need of renovations, have your Support Coordinator contact, Brad Shea at AbleHouse, 321 432 7894.

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Again, we are in the middle of construction.   In the forty-five years that we’ve lived in our home we have never renovated our kitchen.  With my husband’s physical deterioration, in the past five years, we are transforming our home more and more to be handicapped accessible.

We have found that Able House, owned and operated by Brad Shea, is an amazing construction company that is constantly looking for ways to make our home accessible but he also wants it to be beautiful.  Shea is a craftsman–rather than a construction worker.  He is a mechanical engineer who felt that God was calling him to help people with disabilities to live fuller and more accessible lives.

However, the reason that I’m writing this blog is because of his consideration for the keeper of the home.  I’d heard so many horror story from people who had kitchen renovations who weren’t able to use their kitchens for six months to a year.  Monday, when Shea explained his plan to me, he said, “You will have running water, your dishwasher, stove and refrigeration.  I’m keeping a portion of your counter top so that you can work from there. 

Okay, I love to cook; therefore, I was thrilled.  Others may like to eat take-out for weeks or months at a time but that isn’t my desire. 

Then when Shea left the first day, he left a clean house.  All of the cabinets and a large part of the kitchen had been demolished.  Yet, everything had been systematically taken from my home and he had swept the floors.  That counts for a great deal for me.

I understand that money is a large issue, the renovations of our bathroom and kitchen is about $30,000 less than the normal estimates.  Yet, we aren’t installing lesser quality but top of the line cabinets, flooring and granite counter tops. 

If you are looking for a Med-waiver construction expert, Able House in Brevard County at 321 752 3923 or 321 432 7894.

My good friend, Brad Shea and I had a conversation several months ago about procrastination.  Shea is a construction contractor.  His business is AbleHouse.  He does remodeling for homes and buildings that need to become more accessible. AbleHouse is also a MedWaiver Provider.  Of course, he also does regular construction. 

On occasion he works for Richard Stimson, the executive director of The Special Gathering, which is a ministry within the mentally challenged community.   Stimson is a man who never seems to procratinate about anything.  Stimson gets a thought.  He puts it down on paper and then he executes the idea. 

I’m not that way.  I must mull, slouch and savor an idea.  Then I have to mentally figure out how to do what is required.  I don’t venture into murky waters of a project–unless I’m pushed–until I know how I will execute the project and I can clearly see the secure bottom of the river.

I had read an article written to help people who make a habit of procrastinating.  In the article, the author explained that there are some people who can’t begin to work a job until they know how to do the job and until they can mentally work out all the steps needed in the project.  Others wade in, begin the tasks, figuring out the steps as they work.  The article explained that this thought process is not procrastination but part of the personality of a person and how they accomplish an assigned task. 

I could see a light go on in Brad’s head.  “That’s me.  Ninety-nine percent of the time, I know exactly what I should do and I proceed with the project.  (Shea is a craftsman who does excellent work.)  But occasionally, I need time to bake an idea.  I’ve always called that procrastination.  Yet, I know that I can’t begin a construction project without a firm idea of where I’m going.  The project must be a workable plan.  I must be able to figure in my head the steps.  Then I can proceed.”

I had to laugh because I’d never seen that side of Shea but the exact opposite.  In 2004, when Hurricane Jean destroyed the top floor of our home, Shea brought his Able House Crew and a group of volunteers to our home a few hours after the island was opened to access the damage to our home.  He and his men worked for hours waterproofing our home.  Then he came back to do the extensive repairs. 

With skill that seemed to evaporate in the early 20th century, Shea works a project until it is completed to HIS specifications.  While his costs are not higher than any other construction firm, his work is superior.  Best of all, Shea believes it is a privilege to be working within the disability community.  Occasionally, you will even see him doing what he enjoys the most–doing little extras for which he doesn’t charge. 

If you are need a MedWaiver provider to make your home more accessible, you may want to check out AbleHouse.  The phone number is 321 432 7892.  You can e-mail him at flsheas@yahoo.com.  The address is 3765 Oak Lane, Melbourne, Florida 32934.