California Closets Dallas on Extreme Home Makeover

When ABC invited us to be a part of their makeover project in nearby Lancaster, we knew we couldn’t pass up the chance to bring California Closets to a local family.

Carlton Marshall, a Dallas police officer was shot and seriously wounded as he led a SWAT team during an early morning drug bust in 2007. He spent nearly 9 months in the hospital for his wounds, including damage to his spinal cord, a stroke, meningitis, and loss of hearing.

We were thrilled to help out his family - so we pulled together our team of designers, customer liaisons and installers to make it happen.

It was a fantastic experience. And it was extreme.

We only had four hours to install six custom closets. Our installers rose at 3 a.m. to arrive at the site to start work at 5 a.m. The deadline was 9 a.m.

It was complete chaos, with workers climbing over each other as different parts of the house were being frantically constructed. Due to the construction phase the house was in, there was no ventilation, no power and no AC. It must have been 105 degrees in there - our guys were soaked!

Our front office staff pulled their weight too. They were charged with running supplies and materials back and forth from the van to the house.

We finished early - at 8:30 a.m. In less than four hours, we had installed six storage systems worth $20,000:

  • One master bedroom closet specifically designed for wheelchair access.
  • Two kids closets customized to their bedrooms’ special themes - barn and carousel.
  • Two entryway/mudroom systems for the whole family.

Our team of installers even jumped up to help another team who arrived right after to build some walls. Not a surprise - our guys are always willing to lend a hand.

The entire experience was fantastic. It was so rewarding to work together as a team and help a local family in need.