DESIGN FOR HOPE
NIKOLIC FAMILY

The project focuses on a family that has experienced hardships and daily challenges and are in need of new hope and a fresh start. The Nikolic family lives in a 1,500 square foot brick bungalow with three bedrooms and one bathroom. Hilary and Mark Nikolic have three boys; the oldest Alex who attends University and their twin boys James and Eric who are 22 and were born autistic and developmentally delayed. The team at Stacey Cohen Design is committed to renovating this family’s home with help from our industry partners, who are donating their time and a large portion of the materials required.

WHO

Led by Stacey Cohen Design and with the help of over 120 trades, vendors, and volunteers, this initiative truly brings our industry together. The team will provide a fully redesigned home for a family in need within the local community.

WHAT + WHEN

The project focuses on a family that has experienced hardships and daily challenges and are in need of new hope and a fresh start. This year, we are revamping a home for a deserving family in need. The Nikolic family lives in a 1,500 square foot brick bungalow with three bedrooms and one bathroom. Hilary and Mark Nikolic have three boys; the oldest Alex who attends University and their twin boys James and Eric who are 22 and were born autistic and developmentally delayed.

This project will take roughly a year to accomplish with final installments made in December 2018. The SCDteam along with all of their partners, will visit the house several times throughout June-December 2018 to conduct site measures, and ultimately build out the final concept.

WHY

The twins are both non-verbal and the severity of their symptoms have resulted in many damages to their home. Hilary and Mark have spent all their savings and time to ensure that the boys get the care that they need. They’ve had to refinance their home a number of times over the years to pay for services and repairs to keep their home somewhat inhabitable. Both parents had to give up some of their goals to manage the boys and they are only able to spend little time together as a couple. Stacey Cohen Design has started a GoFundMe page below with the intention to cover the expenses related to this renovation and to help the Nikolic family pay off their mortgage. The goal is to provide the Nikolic family with a calm, livable and functional home to help instill hope for their future.

The day the Nikolic family found out they’ve been selected for the Design For Hope project

All of the trades and partners have been working tirelessly over the past year to get the Nikolic’s home ready for our big reveal day.

After 8 patient months, we welcomed the Nikolic family into their new, safe and functional home. With the team cheering as they arrive, we handed the keys over to the family.

Thank you to the entire Design For Hope team for your dedication and commitment to this project. We hope that having a safe and secure home brings positivity to the Nikolic’s and makes each day a little bit easier. Together we made a difference!

THE FUTURE

Design for Hope is an annual project helping families in need. Each year with our trades and partners, onefamily will be selected (through nominations) for a full home makeover. Our goal is to bring the industry together to use our various skills and resources to give back to the community.

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