Ty and the team head to Medford, Oregon to surprise the McPhail family! C.J. and Lindsay McPhail started the Southern Oregon Chapter of Sparrow Clubs, a non-profit organization which helps children with medical issues by pairing them with a school that adopts them as their Sparrow.
C.J. and Lindsay never imagined that they would one day need their own organization. Soon after moving to Portland, their oldest son, Sawyer, was diagnosed with a form of autism and their second oldest son, Thatcher, began to show signs of autism as well. Sawyer became a Sparrow, and through his endearing personality, he helped put a face on autism and brought awareness to over 900 students in his adopted school.
The family moved back to Medford to live on a 50-acre family property next to Lindsay's parents. The electrical system is from 1958. The windows are a safety hazard. The plumbing leaks, creating mold in the bathrooms. Only the kitchen, living room and front bedroom have ventilation, so the family is forced to rely on space heaters in the winter. They need help. Well, help is on the way!
Ty and designers Paul, Paige, Ed welcome a new recruit--comedian Jeff Dye. The team is joined by local builders Ark Built Renovations and community volunteers to build the structure while the family is whisked away on a dream vacation to the new Aulani Disney Resort & Spa in Hawaii. Sawyer loves volcanoes, so the team drills until they find a volcano to take down the house. Let's just say this demolition was a real blast!
The fact that Lindsay runs a workout boot camp for moms inspires Chris Powell from Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition to stop by to help. Chris and Paige visit a place that specializes in making playground and exercise equipment. It has all the goods to build up Lindsay's boot camp. But before they get started, Chris holds a little workout session with all of Lindsay's mom friends.
Dr. Temple Grandin, acclaimed author, professor and livestock handling facility designer is one of the most visible spokespeople for people with autism. She works with the design team to help with the build. The organization Autism Speaks lights the town blue to enhance Autism Awareness with musical accompaniment from the B-52s! Later, the local school introduces the family to their newest Sparrow Club family. A local family is also stepping up to sponsor three new Sparrow Clubs in Oregon as well as the first Sparrow in Hawaii.
The family comes home to cheers from the waiting crowd. They are overwhelmed by all of the support they've received. Now it's time to MOVE THAT BUS!
Here's a breakdown of the new digs:
- The landscaping out front is amazing that provides a warm, inviting walkway up to the front door.
- A huge tower provides a 360-degree view of the beautiful property that surrounds them. There's a spiral staircase that leads to a relaxing room up top.
- Paul, Paige and Ed go on a river ride to get some ideas for the beautiful water feature in the front yard. There's a little bridge over a flowing mini-Rogue River right on their front lawn.
- A geothermal energy system is coupled with solar panels on the roof. With both of these systems working together, the family's energy bill will be virtually non-existent. The insulated walls and triple-paned glass will also help.
- The inside of the house has beautiful shelving, amazing furniture and an entrance to a gorgeous courtyard in the center of the house.
- The courtyard is surrounded by lots of windows so mom can always keep an eye on the kids. There's a big tree in the center and a flowing stream on the side.
- Swell sparrow designs decorate the outside wall of the house.
- There are chalkboard walls in the kitchen that'll allow the kids to draw whenever they want.
- Pictured labels are set up throughout the house so the kids know exactly what's behind any closed area. It's important to avoid surprises when dealing with autism.
- There's a beautiful outdoor playground area for the kids right next to Lindsay's new boot camp spot for the moms. It's all state-of-the-art equipment that gets tested right away by a bunch of moms and kids led in by Chris Powell.
- Jeff visited a local race track to get some ideas for Crew's race car bed in the McPhail Motors Room. Crew looks like he's in the middle of a real race track.
- Sawyer has a big rock bed with a cave in that makes it seem like he's down in the earth. It provides a perfect view of his erupting volcano on the other wall.
- Ed's animal instincts were right on the money with Thatcher's room. There's a big barn inside where he can play all day. There's also a big rocking horse and a plane on the wall with a turning propeller. But Thatcher can't stop going in and out of that amazing barn.
- The sensory therapy room features a ball pit and bubble towers. You can put your hand on the towers and can almost feel the visually-stimulating bubbles rising up. CVS Pharmacy set up a $20,000 fund to cover some health care costs for the family.
- The master bedroom is an oasis of spacious beauty. Ty collected messages from friends and other Sparrow families to create a wall of inspirational quotes on either side of the fireplace.
- There's an engraved quote above the bed that reads: Life isn't about the destination, it's about enjoying the journey.
The builders tell the family that the community has come through with a $50,000 home maintenance fund. The McPhails believe this new home will change their lives. That's fitting since they've had such an impact on so many other lives. Welcome home, McPhail family. Welcome home.