Posted on August 31, 2017
As we continue with our support of the Gary Sinise Foundation’s R.I.S.E. (Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment) program, we’re excited to announce the recent completion and dedication of two more specially adapted smart homes. It’s an honor to be the exclusive tile supplier for these amazing homes built for deserving wounded heroes and their families.
Here’s a look at the latest recipients, as well as an overview of how our tile collections play a role in the design and functionality of these special homes.
U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Wade Mitcheltree began basic training two weeks after graduating from high school. He served three tours, one in Iraq and two in Afghanistan. On Aug. 31, 2012, near Kandahar, Afghanistan, Mitcheltree was severely injured by an improvised explosive device (IED). He lost his right leg above the knee and his right arm below the elbow. He also suffered muscle and nerve damage in his lower left leg, a snapped pelvis, and ruptures to both ear drums. After being discharged from Brooke Army Medical Center in January 2013, Mitcheltree began rehabilitation at the Center for the Intrepid. His progress in rehabilitation continued to improve, and his outlook on life has been positive. In 2016, due to the severity of his injuries, his left leg was amputated below the knee.
“My biggest desire now is to be there for my wife and children as much as possible,” Mitcheltree said. “I have missed so much.”
Mitcheltree’s specially adapted smart home was dedicated in a ceremony on Aug. 11 in Tigard, Oregon. More than 1,000 square feet of Crossville tile was installed in the master bath, the guest bath, the laundry area, and kitchen covering the floors and walls. Brandi Hines, interior designer, worked with the Mitcheltree family to specify tile with the desired look and performance needed throughout the home.
The master bathroom features our the Buenos Aires Mood collection, bringing striking color and touchable texture to a ensure relaxing space.
For the walls in the master bath tub area, Crossville’s Savoy collection in white brings a touch of timelessness associated with classic subway tile. Not only will the Savoy tiles look beautiful in the long term, but they will also be simple to clean and maintain.
For the kitchen, the Color By Numbers collection in the classic Tea for Two hues accents the backsplash.
Sgt. Michael Frazier felt a sense of duty after the attacks of 9/11 and enlisted in the Marines in 2005. Frazier served seven years with three combat deployments to Iraq and one to Afghanistan. While on patrol on May 20, 2011, in Helmand Province, he stepped on an improvised explosive device (IED). The blast took both of his legs and much of the use of his right arm.
During his recovery at Walter Reed National Medical Center, Frazier met his wife Monica, who worked as a U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman. They were married on Oct. 13, 2012. He retired from the Marines two months later. The young couple welcomed their second child in 2016. They look forward to settling down in North Carolina in their new custom specially adapted smart home.
More than 1,200 square feet of Crossville tile was installed in the master bath, the guest baths, and the laundry area covering the floors and walls. Brandi Hines, interior designer, worked with the Frazier family to specify tile with the desired look and performance needed throughout the home.
The master bath features our Empire collection, which mirrors the variability and durability of natural stone offering the look and feel of true marble with the superior performance of porcelain stone. Ebb & Flow glass and stone mosaics in Flora and Fauna accent the walls for added sparkle and allure.
The kid’s bath features our Nest collection on the floors, offering a neutral color palette with the sophisticated clean graining of premium wood species like Olive and American Oak. Again, Ebb & Flow is used as for the accent tile, this time in Sand & Surf.
The upstairs guest bath floor goes urban chic with the gritty concrete look of our Gotham in Lamp Post. Beautifully complementing the floors, the guest bath walls are tiled with our Origins Glass mosaics in soothing Waterflow.
The laundry room incorporates Nest in Peaceful Oak, providing an on-trend yet hard wearing foundation for this functional space.
We’re proud that our tile collections are part of these meticulously designed homes that are making life easier to navigate for these true heroes and their families.
The Gary Sinise Foundation honors America’s defenders, veterans, first responders, their families and those in need. Through it, R.I.S.E. program (Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment) specially adapted smart homes are being constructed for severely wounded heroes nationwide. Each one-of-a-kind home is customized to ease the everyday burdens of a wounded hero, their family, and caregivers. Other programs include Relief & Resiliency Outreach, Invincible Spirit Festivals, Gary Sinise & the Lt. Dan Band, Arts & Entertainment Outreach, Serving Heroes, and First Responders Outreach. Its latest program, Soaring Valor, is sending WWII veterans to The National WWII Museum and documenting their first-hand accounts of the war. For more information, please visit GarySiniseFoundation.org.