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The Big Day

Wow!  What a day!  Yesterday was one of the largest and most ambitious Hammer with a Heart events on record.  Working from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., we had close to 50 workers and volunteers helping out at the site.  The remodeling efforts inside focused on the new bathroom and kitchen, and both rooms are … Continue reading


One Day to Go!

After months of planning, preparation, and hard work, we are just one day away from the 2012 Hammer with a Heart event.  Through the commitment and dedication of many people and businesses in the Madison community, we have been able to take on a very aggressive goal for the remodel of the residence of Zanne … Continue reading

Rough Ins

Over the past weekend, Dennis Hilsenhoff of Benjamin Plumbing and his crew got right to work on the plumbing rough in for the converted bathroom.  This included running new plumbing lines for the roll-in shower, high-rise toilet, bathtub, and vanity areas.  Today and tomorrow, the electrical rough in will be completed under the direction of … Continue reading

04/09 AM Students

Demo Days

Today marked the first day of deconstruction on Zanne’s house as we prepare for Hammer Day in less than a month.  Allie Berenyi, Instructor in the Construction & Remodeling at MATC, led the charge of 12 students from her program in tackling the main issues on the house.  With the help of Jay Statz (Statz … Continue reading

Moving Right Along

With just over six weeks to go before the May 5 repair date, we have made a lot of progress in coordinating the materials and labor needed for the changes to Zanne’s home.  A big thanks goes out to all of those who have helped keep the project on track.  We appreciate all the hard … Continue reading

Project Goals

We are looking forward to the May 5 event with several goals in mind for what needs to be accomplished on Zanne’s house.  Demolition and removal of some of the existing aspects of the house will actually begin in early April with the help of the MATC Construction & Remodeling Program’s faculty and students.  The … Continue reading

Remodel Plans

Check out the new page for the remodel plans for the residence of Zanne Gray, this year’s Hammer with a Heart project home owner.  Feel free to leave any feedback below or on the “Plans” page regarding the proposed design for her new bathroom suite.  And stay up to date about further details on what else will be repaired on … Continue reading

New Bathroom Suite

The biggest hindrance for Zanne in her home is her existing bathroom.  The current space is cramped, inefficient, and difficult for her to use because of her mobility restrictions.  Currently, Tim Sweeney and I are in the process of designing a new bathroom suite to be located in the room next to Zanne’s original bathroom … Continue reading

2012 Event

Zanne was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in February 2004 and lost the use of her legs six years later.  The damage caused by her condition has left Zanne in significant physical and neurological pain, leaving her fatigued and unable to fully function in her own home. Zanne has been an active member of the Madison … Continue reading


Welcome to Project Home’s Hammer with a Heart blog!  The Hammer with a Heart program has been working with the communities of Dane County, Wisconsin for over ten years to provide free major home repair for lower-income homeowners.  This blog will feature event information and updates starting with the 2012 project.  Check back here for more details … Continue reading