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Hope AGUA VITA Media Release

Doug Tarry from Doug Tarry Homes recently returned from leading HOPE AGUA VITA a Rebuilding / Recovery Mission to the village of San Lorenzo in Morovis, Puerto Rico from January 27th to February 3rd. The mission team consisted of 12 volunteers in a variety of disciplines from the home building industry. The mission was called “Bring Back The Music” as a symbolic nod to the street music of the Caribbean having been replaced by the sound of generators and because the lack of music is a representation of how scared and traumatized the residents are from Hurricane Maria. The attached video, was at one of the homes being repaired at the end of the day. Leon Bach a mission specialist and Chief Building Official for Central Elgin and a member of the Ontario Building Officials Association shared the spirit of our mission with Norma, one of our chief translators.

“Our primary focus was on repairing the roofs damaged by Hurricane Maria. Nearly every home in San Lorenzo suffered damage from the hurricane, with many suffering catastrophic damage.” During the mission, the HOPE AGUA VITA team were able to engage with local residents to help educate them on safer, more durable, hurricane resistant construction techniques. Some highlights:

  • The team was able to complete two full wood frame roof systems during the mission. 
    • This included being able to demonstrate more durable construction  techniques such as,
    • how to protect the wood framing with water resistant membranes
    • how to strengthen the framing to make the home more hurricane resistant.
  • Another focus of the team was teaching residents how to repair concrete roofs, many of which did not have a proper weather sealing barrier. This resulted in the creation of their own concrete repair team that we will be mentoring into a sustainable small business.
    • The team purchased the necessary equipment for cleaning, scraping and repairing roofs as well as for applying the permanent membrane.
    • Professional product specialists for repairing and waterproofing concrete roofs, including training sessions with our local San Lorenzo team members.
    • Materials for complete repair of four concrete roofs.

“One of the things that I found most rewarding was seeing the members of the community begin to come out to help with the repair efforts. I am sure it must have been very intimidating to see these big, tough Canadian construction workers moving so fast. But they got used to us and what we were doing and then they became interested and engaged. It was especially rewarding to help teach all the residents, men and women, better construction methods so that their homes would be safer, healthier and more durable.” DT

In addition, the community public school was supported with materials and equipment for their agriculture, phys ed, science and music classes.

The next mission to San Lorenzo Puerto Rico is being planned for May 5th to 12th, 2018. The goal of this next mission is to rebuild 2-3 homes and multiple wood frame roofs at the same time as continuing to train the local residents and government officials on more sustainable construction practices. All mission participants pay their own way and monies raised are used to support the mission.

For more information on HOPE AGUA VITA, go to www.hopeaguavita.com or Facebook.com/HOPEAGUAVITA. Donations can be made at GoFundMe.com/hope-agua-vita. To arrange an interview, or request video or picture images for publication contact Doug Tarry at doug.tarry@dougtarryhomes.com

Testimonials

We just wanted to let Mr. Tarry know that our experience with every single member of his team has been nothing but amazing.  We started looking for a new home 2 years ago and spoke to Amanda Joiner here in Strathroy at the open house.  We left her office that day 2 years ago and we knew DTH was a perfect company for us to trust with our future. Amanda made us feel  comfortable and she was very helpful in every step of the way.  We can’t say enough good things about her.  We bought one of your quick possession homes on Rushby St and could not be happier.  Jason took us through the house for our final inspection, and again he was amazing.  So friendly and informative.  Took his time going over everything and explaining it all and answering questions.  We also met Joe, I believe he is the site supervisor.  Joe, again so friendly and goes out of his way to make sure we where happy. Daryl and Laurie in your customer care centre are phenomenal.  They have been nothing short of amazing.  I’m sure you probably realize that you have an amazing team working for you but sometimes when you hear it from an outsider it means a little more.  So we applaud you Mr. Tarry for assembling such a great group of people to represent DTH.  They are doing an amazing job for you and treating all of your customers like they are family and we appreciate it.  Thank you to all at DTH for making our experience nothing but AMAZING.

Jason Banks

Overall the home purchase went exceptionally well. We are pleased with the home and do not have any complaints. If there were any small things that we were unhappy with the staff at Doug Tarry (both office and tradesfolks) were always polite, quick at getting back to us and very knowledgeable.

Gord and Karen Ryan

After purchasing many new builders homes, the Doug Tarry experience was by far the most enjoyable. With the team’s recommendations, ideas and perfectionism, we ended up with a home that far surpasses any of our expectations. When we woke up after the first night in our new home, we both looked at each other and said “this feels like home”. We have never had that feeling after the first night in any of our previous homes. After 6 months we still at times say to each other ” Man I love this house”. Great work Doug and crew.

Borot & Petra Jansa

As a family purchasing a new home, quality, comfort, energy efficiency & price were important to us. Doug Tarry Ltd. met and exceeded these needs.

Wayne, Angela DeVries & family

I knew our new house was energy efficient but not that much! At the time of construction, we decided to insulate the basement floor instead of me getting a cold storage cellar. We have a very efficient furnace with an ERV unit. It wasn’t that cold in December, but even with all the kids home for 2-3 weeks over Christmas, our gas bill was just under $40! Love it.

Shout out to Doug Tarry Homes for being a leader in the new home industry for wonderful construction and environmental consciousness.

Satisfied Customer

Thank you Doug Tarry Homes for our wonderful home. Throughout the planning and building stages we found everyone we dealt with to be extremely knowledgeable and helpful. Any concerns or issues were promptly dealt with in a professional manner. The quality of our home, both inside and outside, is exceptional. (Even after one year we haven’t found a nail pop!) You go the extra mile and it shows. We would not hesitate to recommend Doug Tarry Homes to anyone.

Heather and Gary Vedova

We chose Doug Tarry Limited as the builder for our custom home because of their reputation for quality workmanship. Having our new home built at the same location as our current home we were able to witness first-hand the skill, quality, and pride of workmanship that each tradesman working on our home put into their work. We have had so many positive comments on the design and layout of our home, as well as the quality of the products used within the complete design. We cannot be happier with the finished product, and we highly recommend Doug Tarry Limited to anyone thinking of building a home.

Lisa and David Tenhor

We loved the quality and building experience that we had with Doug Tarry Homes so much that we did it twice! From the quality of the construction, to the personalized help in making selections, we couldn’t have asked for more. Even after we took possession the follow up and communication to ensure that we were happy with our new home was thorough. We would definitely build with Doug Tarry homes again!

Ryan and Tara McDonald

My husband and I are retired seniors with very specific needs in mind for our retirement home. We found these and more in a Doug Tarry home in St. Thomas. From a well-designed floor plan to an exceptionally well-built house, we couldn’t be more pleased with our decision. Before, during and after the construction phase, the Tarry staff were extremely efficient and always ready to help with advice and recommendations. We’re very happy and comfortable in our new house. Well done Doug Tarry Homes!

Don & Kathy MacRae

Patty and I have purchased 4-new homes over the course of our evolving status; from raising two children to being empty-nesters. Without a doubt, Doug Tarry Homes has been ‘far and a way’ the most professional builder that we have had the pleasure to deal with. We’ve been very impressed with the quality and the attention to details with our home. The most obvious difference has been the professionalism of the Doug Tarry personnel. Their help and assistance through the various stages of the construction to the final delivery and accommodation with our move-in requirements was outstanding. The differences with Doug Tarry Homes continued throughout the immediate 12-month period after our move-in date by completing the scheduled follow-up items on a timely basis. I only wish that the customer satisfaction formula used by Doug Tarry Homes was utilized by other business enterprises.

Don and Pat Calder

I love my new semi home!  The transition from selling my family home to 3 Benjamin has been very pleasant and I owe that to the people I have come in contact with, especially Michele, Jason, Daryl, Lori and Elaine.  Your CoConstruct programme is very helpful and efficient.  Anything that needed to be addressed has had followup. 

Michele Fowler

I’m now living in my second Doug Tarry built home. When I bought my first home, I wasn’t thinking about resale, but being able to advertise a “Doug Tarry built home” really gave me a selling advantage.

This current home is actually my fifth new home I’ve lived in. I wouldn’t hesitate to build again with Doug Tarry. The standards for the home – insulation, framing, kitchen, plumbing, etc – are very high compared with other builders. This allowed me to put some additional funds into some extras, such as recessed lighting and hardwood flooring. The Doug Tarry group work very much as a team, from the home plan design, interior selections to sod. You are very much supported in the entire building process, and the follow-up for any issues after you move in is excellent.

Joan Rymal

Our experience dealing with Doug Tarry Homes, from the moment we were greeted at the model home, to our closing date when we picked up our keys was a positive one! The decision to build with Tarry’s was easy because of their long standing reputation for quality, and a commitment to the environment. What was a bonus was the service orientation of all their staff. Questions and concerns were addressed quickly, the designer thoughtfully guided us through all our decorating selections, and all staff were courteous, friendly and genuinely cared. Without hesitation we would recommend building with DTL!

Rebecca Parkes and Gary Hodge

This was our first time building a home. Doug Tarry Ltd made the experience enjoyable and so easy. Each member of the company was very approachable and easy to talk to. They took us step-by-step through the process of building a home and making our dreams come true. Thank you to the Doug Tarry group.

Jinder and Amy Virdee