Texas Home Improvement with Jim Dutton

Overhaul for a Hero - The Garcia Project

May 16, 2016 over 20 contractors converged on the home of former Houston police officer Ramiro Garcia to give the home a much needed Overhaul. This effort is led by Jim Dutton of Texas Home Improvement radio show heard every Saturday throughout the state of Texas in Houston on KTRH 740AM. The Overhaul For A Hero program reaches out to community heroes to help improve the quality of their lives through remodeling their home. Overhaul For A Hero has helped soldiers, firefighters and now a Houston police officer.

On June 30, 2013, Houston Police Officer Ramiro Garcia was traveling home with his family after attending a wedding. When the rear tire had a blowout the vehicle crashed and Officer Garcia was ejected from the car. His injuries have left him bound to a wheelchair. He now lives with his parents and requires care around the clock.

Jim Dutton visited the Garcia’s home in March and partnered with the Houston Police Officers Union to a complete makeover to accommodate officer Garcia’s needs.

Project objectives:
- Provide a wheelchair friendly environment inside and outside the home.
- Simplify care process for Ramiro’s parents.
- Overhaul interior for efficiency and comfort.
- Overhaul of master bath, hall bath and kitchen.
- Complete front yard Overhaul for function and appearance.


Project elements included a total master bath demo followed by a conversion for wheelchair access, new flooring, all new AC system, updated kitchen, interior and exterior paint, new roof, complete home security system, new siding new doors, new windows and landscaping and much more.

Project Dates: Began May 16th and the Garcia family moved back in May 29th, 2016.


Ace Hardware
Special thanks to all of the ACE Hardware stores in Houston for donating all of the interior doors, trim, door knobs, hardware and much more. We made literally dozens of trips to ACE throughout this project.
Installed all plumbing fixtures, tankless water Heater. Du West Air Conditioning installed the Carrier HVAC system.
America's Choice Windows
Brought in the pit crew to install 12 energy efficient vinyl double-pane, argon-filled windows. This will reduce energy bills, add beauty, to the home and will drastically cut down on the noise.
Floor & Decor
Donated beautiful tile to be used throughout the house, along with bathroom tile and the kitchen backsplash.
Donated a 16 SEER energy efficient heat pump to replace the Garcia’s 20 year old system that was about to go out. This will provide the family with a comfortable environment and lower energy bills.
Aztec Events and Tents
Provided amenity center and a 20X20 tent for workers.
Bath and Kitchen Showplace
Provided us with toilets, bathtub and expertise to help coordinate all of the fixtures making the kitchen and the bathrooms look beautiful.
Bathel Cabinetry
Worked in conjunction with Midtown Cabinetry to provide the stunning kitchen cabinets.
Special thanks to Craftsman Tools for providing saws, cordless drills, hammers and pretty much any tool we needed to help the crews get the job done right. Also a lawn mower, trimmer and blower were donated to the Garcia’s to take care of their new yard.
Donated kitchen and bathroom faucets.
Dominguez Pest Control
Have treated the Garcia’s home and will keep it pest free for one year.
Guardian Roof Systems
Provided a brand new roof. Replaced the existing three tab shingle with an architectural lifetime shingle donated by Certainteed.
James Hardie
Special thanks to the folks at James Hardie Siding, the best siding on the planet, for donating the lap siding that replaced the old outdated wood siding.
Houston Police Officeres Union
Special thanks to the Houston Police Officers Union and the dozens of Houston Police Officers that helped us with this project. Your dedication to this special project to help one of your own was inspiring, to say the least.
Valspare Paint
Donated over 30 gallons of high quality paint for the interior and exterior.
Midtown Cabinetry
Take a look at those beautiful cabinets in the Kitchen. Need I say more? The special space saving design will allow for more countertop space.
Moving by Design
Before we could do any work we had to have an empty house. Provided move-in and move-out and took great care of the Garcia’s furniture - not a scratch.
Secure Check
Donated an entire security system including cameras throughout. Also provided monitoring and internet service for the Garcia family.
Solid Rock
Contributed a gorgeous granite countertop for the kitchen. 281-777-0090
JKRU Land Services
Provided all new landscaping that transformed the Garcia’s exterior. 713-849-8674
Victor's Remodeling
Provided us with some of the best James Hardie installers on the planet. Watching them cut the trim around the windows was amazing. Also provided painters, trim installers and helped to coordinate the project. Thanks Victor!
Responsible for tile install throughout the house including all floors, bathroom and kitchen. 832-660-6202
Imagine That Design Center
Provided fantastic new vanity for the guest bath.

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