LEE COUNTY, Fla.- After living in this home for the past thirty-six years, the Garcia family is now packing up to move out. But their move is only temporary. The next time they see their home on Elwood Road, it will have a completely different look. It will be safe and big enough to fit the family of 14. Volunteers with Builders Care and Stock Development are tearing it down.
"Over the course of 17 days, we're really excited, we're going to demolish the home, on day one and then 17 days later at 11 am, we'll be revealing a brand new home," said Heidi Taulman, the Executive Director of Lee BIA Builder's Care.
Mary Garcia said she can't wait to see her new nineteen hundred square foot home because it hasn't been easy sharing the space with 13 other people.
"With one bathroom, it's been hectic, but you have to deal with it," said Mary Garcia.
Dealing with it meant splitting the family up. Half the family lives in this house. The other half in this converted garage.
"I have my son back there, he has six: four boys and two girls," said Bobby Garcia.
Bobby Garcia said soon it will all be worth it.
"We have to go through the struggling, it's not, we can't accept everything to be easy, we have to work for it."
Construction begins next week. The builders hope to have their new home completed right before Thanksgiving.