Adams family keep Christmas spirit
THE Adams family will not be back in their home for Christmas, but the Banora Point couple have a new deadline.
“We’re hoping to move in before the next addition to our family arrives in five months,” Scott Adams said.
Mr Adams, his wife Dominique and their son Chace, then nine months old, had to evacuate their home on the night of May 20 when a violent storm ripped the roof off their house.
Despite hopes of being back in their first family home for Christmas, Mr Scott said it has taken six months just for the insurance to come through.
“We eventually got every cent we were insured for,” Mr Adams said.
Although the house was underinsured, the young couple thanked their lucky stars they were insured at all, having taken out the minimum cover just three days before the savage storms tore through the Tweed.
But it will be a long journey ahead as their Old Ferry Road home has been reduced to its foundations.
“It was that damaged inside we couldn’t really do anything,” Mrs Adams said.
“It would have cost more to work with what was here, so we bit the bullet and started from scratch.”
Part of their new extensions will be the addition of a baby’s room for Mr and Mrs Adams’ second child, due in June.
“I keep telling Scott he has a new deadline now,” Mrs Adams laughed.
The Adams' moved in with relatives, as they could not afford to pay rent on top of their mortgage.
“We had rented the house for ages and then lived in a caravan to save, and bought it. We’d been renovating for two years and then the roof ripped off,” Mr Adams said.
“But when something like this happens it brings back the importance of what life’s about and to us that’s family.”
In spite of everything the Adams family are staying positive, and said having only house foundations allowed them to landscape their backyard.
“We never would have been able to do this much with the house in the way,” Mr Adams said.
“We are so lucky to live in the Tweed with so many supportive people.
“You really see the community spirit in times like these, especially coming up to Christmas.”
The couple have been overwhelmed by the support they have received from friends, neighbours and complete strangers.
“We would like to give our sincere thanks to those special people in our community that are helping us to rebuild, including Nucon Concrete, Neumanns Steel, Coastline Building Certificate, Grant Massey Excavations, National Storage, Jarrod Mohr Plumbing, Glen Taylor Electrical, Pacific Coast Electrical, GJ Gardiner Homes, Brims Hardware, Brims Sand and Gravel, Brims Frames and Trusses, D V Concrete, Tweed Valley Concrete, Sutton Excavations, Tweed Coast Demolitions and Excavations and so many more.
“Without their generous help this journey would be so difficult,” Mr Adams said.