Custom Development

Seven in Seven
Nixa, Mo.

Project Name: Seven in Seven
Location: Joplin, Mo.
Size: 1,400 to 1,700 sq. ft.
Cost: Donations
Photos: Randy Colwell, Colwell Captures


On May 22, 2011, an EF-5 tornado ripped through the center of Joplin, Mo., carving a path of destruction a half-mile wide and 6 miles long; 161 people lost their lives and more than 4,000 homes and businesses were destroyed. The community decided to build a development with donated labor and material, and construct seven homes in seven days, for seven deserving families. Several challenges stood in the way: restoring infrastructure; choosing a good location; the right leadership; and the right volunteers. A sidewalk was poured to unite all seven houses and provide a sense of community. Suppliers donated in abundance providing more than enough material to complete the project. Twenty-one builders were responsible for this build, and they knew they couldn’t do it alone. Therefore, they made a request for volunteers, and more than 13,000 arrived with the spirit of hope, love and determination. With the phenomenal leadership of the contractors and builders, there was no task too small or great for these volunteers.

Judges’ Comments:
“From what can be seen in the photos, quality and detail are great, especially given the time frame.”

“Fantastic project and great execution.”

“Impressive project completed in an extremely short period of time and with a worthy goal being the catalyst. Great job!”



Roofing: Tamko Roofing

Engineered woods: Boise Cascade Engineering

Framing: Yellow Pine

Siding: Ply Gem

Brick/stone/stucco: Ply Gem

Doors: Ply Gem

Garage doors: RN Smith, Overhead Door, Brookline Door

Windows: Ply Gem

Insulation: Fiberlite



Doors: Meek’s

Locksets and hardware: Meek’s

Tile: Dal Tile

Flooring: Lumber Liquidators



Cabinets: Draft Maid Cabinets

Countertops: Silestone

Sinks: Kohler

Faucets: Kolhler

Range: Sears

Exhaust hood: Sears

Ovens: Sears

Appliance drawers: Sears

Refrigerator/Freezer: Sears

Dishwashers: Sears

Microwave oven: Sears



Cabinets: Draft Maid Cabinets

Countertops: Silestone

Tubs: Kohler

Showers: Kohler

Toilets: Kohler

Faucets: Kohler

Sinks: Kohler

Washer/dryer: Sears



Security system: Atlas, Fire Protection



Decking: Ply Gem