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THE BIG REVEAL: 1 Volunteer + 19,000 Hours = 1 Extreme Exterior Makeover
THE BIG REVEAL: 1 Volunteer + 19,000 Hours = 1 Extreme Exterior Makeover

Gary Gaal, winner of the Extreme Exterior Makeover from Case Design/Remodeling and Ply Gem, continues to inspire with his community service.

A recurring question during the exterior makeover of Gary Gaal's home was: "How does someone volunteer so many hours?" For Gaal, it's easy. "I see people on the worst day of their lives and try to make it better." Gaal works every hurricane, flood and snowstorm and manages the scene at auto accidents and any other disaster that may occur. He is dedicated to helping others and is extremely proud of becoming a Fire Unit Officer which puts him in charge as an Fire Engine OIC and in command of the fire ground as a first arriving engine officer. One example: when an 11-year-old boy was thrown 30 feet off his bike after being struck by a car, Gaal was the first to arrive, controlled the scene and administered life saving techniques until the medics arrived. The victim survived.

For Case Design/Remodeling, Inc., Gaal was the ideal recipient of Ply Gem's 2011 Designed Exterior Giveaway which Case had won over 1,600 applicants. "Gary represents the best of the community, giving daily to his fellow citizens and supporting the local fire department and those who serve the community," says Bruce Case, president of Case Design/Remodeling. Less than four weeks after Gaal was told he had won the exterior makeover to his home, he and his wife Luise are enjoying the finished product. To cap off the completion of the extreme makeover, family, friends and colleagues of Gaal's as well as staff from Case Design/Remodeling, Ply Gem and Re/Max Executives in Fair Oaks, who provided Volunteers Rock t-shirts supplied by JonBar Printing, took part in a day of festivities. Several Patriot Guard Riders also arrived in time for the ribbon cutting.

On September 17, 2011, the day of the unveiling, Gaal was in for another surprise. Not only did Bruce Case introduce Paul Cuzzolino who supervises Gaal during his volunteering, but he also turned the speaker over to Jeff McKay, supervisor of Fairfax County's Lee District. McKay proclaimed September 17, 2011 as Gary Gaal Day for Gaal's volunteer efforts above and beyond the call of duty. Case was proud to give the exterior makeover to such a deserving community member.

For Ply Gem, the founder of the Designed Exterior Giveaway awarded to Case Design/Remodeling, the day was fulfilling as well. “It’s been terrific to watch daily as this 1970s style house has been transformed into a historically-inspired shingle style home,” says John Stephenson, vice president, corporate and marketing communications, Ply Gem.

“The application of The Designed Exterior by Ply Gem classically gives the home an architectural, historical appeal, while at the same time, integrates today’s technology and energy efficiency by using updated, low maintenance exterior products,” Stephenson adds. “We hope this renovation inspires other homeowners to take action and get started creating the historically-accurate, low maintenance home exterior they’ve always dreamed of.” Ply Gem's partners in the Designed Exterior Giveaway included BSB Design, Wayne-Dalton, DOW Building Solutions, GAF and Plastpro.

Among others in attendance included Lynley Ogilvie who designed the home's new landscaping and Fred Case, who founded Case Design/Remodeling 50 years ago. www.CaseDesign.com