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Sunshine on a Ranney Day

Nonprofit gives independence through room makeovers

Photos by Abby Breaux photography
Photos by Abby Breaux photography
Holly Ranney enjoys getting to hear from past recipients who still enjoy their new rooms.
Photos by Abby Breaux photography
Makeovers often include handicap accessible bathrooms while still keeping the child’s interests in mind.
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Photos by Abby Breaux photography
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By KATHLEEN STURGEON
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Brightening up one’s living space can truly change their mindset.

And Since 2012, that’s what Holly and Peter Ranney have been doing by bringing a little bit of sunshine to local families through room renovations.

The couple focuses on renovating homes for children with special needs and restoring hope for their families through their nonprofit, Sunshine on a Ranney Day based in Roswell.

“Once you witness a child who is in a wheelchair see their new wheelchair-accessible bathroom for the first time, wheel right into a roll-in shower on their own or wheel up to the vanity and turn the faucet on for the first time, you want to help so many more,” Holly Ranney said. “We take for granted things that are easy for us to do daily that some others cannot. They gain independence.”

The recipients are often referred from local hospitals and children’s health organizations. The finalists are then chosen based on available resources and the child’s needs.

The first makeover completed in July 2012 was for an 11-year-old boy with a brain tumor who wanted a military bunker room. Once the renovation was complete and the boy saw his new room, the couple was hooked and knew their mission was bigger than they imagined.

The nonprofit will complete around 20 projects this year and is working with a counseling center to renovate two kid’s therapy rooms.

“Being a husband-and-wife team and seeing something that was an ‘idea’ turn into something that is way beyond our expectations is one of the best moments we’ve had,” Ranney said. “We take great pride in the quality of our work, professionalism and passion that is put into each makeover.”

It costs from $8,000-$15,000 for a bedroom makeover, $10,000-$30,000 for a therapy room and $18,000-$35,000 for a wheelchair bathroom. But through partnerships with local companies and donors, they are able to offer makeovers to families at no cost.

Holly has a degree in interior design and home furnishings merchandising and spent 12 years as a buyer for Rooms to Go Kids. Peter grew up in the building industry and worked several summers with his dad in their family business doing construction.

Additionally, the nonprofit is a licensed general contractor and specializes in wheelchair-accessible bathrooms, in-home therapy rooms and wheelchair ramps/lifts.

After the work is completed, Ranney said the best part is getting to reveal the new rooms, with the event sometimes drawing crowds of hundreds of people.

“When they walk in you can see that they have a renewed sense of hope,” Ranney said. “It’s their special day, and they get to see how much they are loved and supported.”

The team is given a tight timeline to get the renovations completed which often bring obstacles and challenges.

“We do not want to stress the family with a long construction process,” Ranney said. “Many times when we are renovating a bathroom to be wheelchair accessible, it’s the only bathroom on the main floor for the child to use.”

Television shows also often put a false timeline in people’s heads by making them think it’ll take a few days for renovation, she said. But with the company partners often donating time while doing their everyday jobs, too, they are always in a time crunch.

“Peter and I also have very high expectations for design and the quality of workmanship, which can become challenging,” Ranney said. “Our name is on everything we do and want everyone to treat our makeovers like it was our very own home.”

To learn more about them, visit sunshineonaranneyday.com. ■

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