Family converts barn into home for Harvey survivor

Mark Parsons of the Hall-Rialto Preservation Association has called Beeville his home since 1978. He moved in at the tail end of the era of the once grand Rialto Theater.

CORPUS CHRISTI (KIII NEWS) - An elderly woman who lost her home in Hurricane Harvey has a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving holiday after her family presented her with a unique new home.

They call it a "Barndominium" -- what was once an empty shell of a barn was transformed into a new home for their mom.

78-year-old Pat Cady has 12 children, 25 grandchildren, and 23 great-grandchildren; and with power in numbers, they were able to do something very special for her.

"Starting over at 78 is hard to do," Pat said.

Pat's longtime Rockport home was destroyed in Hurricane Harvey.

"We couldn't get out of the house because we had no stairs, so what we did save, we had to do with a rope," Cady said.

She lost everything, even her car. So her kids got an idea to get her back on her feet.

They bought her an empty barn and put it on some property in Seadrift, Texas.

"We didn't hire any contractors. We did the sheet rocking, we did tape and float, we tiled, we did everything," Pat's daughter Betsy Cunningham said.

They decided to turn the barn into a home complete with a large kitchen, bedrooms, and something a little extra special.

"Her pictures," Cunningham said. "That's basically the only thing she didn't lose, was her pictures."

Entering her new home for the first time left Pat speechless.

"It's just unbelievable that they could do this for me," Pat said. "It really surprised me."

She said she easily could have been left with absolutely nothing.

"Not good. Not good, but it's okay now. I'm alright," Pat said. "I'm going to be good."

As impressive as the home is, her favorite part is the big kitchen so she can cook for Thanksgiving.

The home now serves as a reminder that she never really lost everything, because her kids made everything and more possible again.

"I love them all, and that's all I'm gonna say about that because I'm gonna to cry," Pat said.

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