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Here's some additional news about two local companies getting national attention – something we initially reported earlier today in our online edition.

Monogram Custom Homes has a history of working with HGTV as the go-to company for renovating and rebuilding homes. The company joined the network for this project and had about 30 workers on the site.

"One whole side of the house was sagging pretty badly," Tony Caciolo, president of Monogram Custom Homes, said today. "We finished the whole house in six days."

"We pretty much took it down to framing, and then added support beams," Caciolo said. From there, it was electrical, plumbing, drywall and finishing work.

The company also redid the kitchen and cabinets.

Chuck Martin, co-owner of Eastern Surfaces, said it took the company a day to turn around the kitchen countertops.

"They weren't very lucky; we felt sorry for them," Martin said.

"It's a whole new experience when you are working HGTV selected Monogram Custom Homes of Coopersburg as the builder and Eastern Surfaces Inc. of Allentown as the company to fabricate and install the kitchen countertops for the network's new show, "Catastrophe Inc." The show helps homeowners who have experienced home damage from disasters.
The family in this episode was expecting its first child and had water damage – caused by three floods – throughout its Kutztown home. Monogram Custom Homes renovated the basement and kitchen and installed a generator to prevent further storm damage. Eastern Surfaces fabricated and installed the kitchen countertops.
The episode recently aired.

for a TV show," Martin said. "We have done other episodes. I always get a kick out of it. It's fun to do. Also, we felt like we helped someone."

Artisan Group, an association of countertop fabricators in Austin, Texas, donated the Saratoga Soapstone countertops, and Eastern Surfaces donated the fabrication and installation services, said Gina Covell, public relations director for Artisan Group. She estimated the construction costs for the countertops to be about $5,000 to $6,000. The entire basement renovation cost about $30,000, she said.

"They were expecting their first baby. They lost power so many times. They had water sitting in the kitchen and basement. … Nobody should be hit that many times," Covell said.

While the homeowners knew Monogram would finish the basement, they were unaware that the kitchen also was remodeled until they walked upstairs during the on-air unveiling.

"It was cool seeing it on TV," Caciolo said.

It was a clear case of two Lehigh Valley businesses to the rescue.

Brian Pedersen

Brian Pedersen

Reporter Brian Pedersen covers construction, development, warehousing and real estate and keeps you up to date on the changing landscape of our community. He can be reached at brianp@lvb.com or 610-807-9619, ext. 108. Follow him on Twitter @BrianLehigh.

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