One night in 2010, Charleen and William McCarrick woke to find their house burning down around them. The couple and their three teenage children escaped safely, but the Kings Park house was ruined. The event gave the family a chance to experience the generosity of their neighbors. One was designer Therese A. Pomerenk, who had just graduated from the New York School of Design in Manhattan and offered her services for free. "I was so overwhelmed," says Charleen McCarrick. Previously, the living room, dining room and kitchen were separate. Pomerenk suggested an open floor plan. It took two years, but the McCarricks are finally back in their home. Total: About $35,000 (Pomerenk's fee for a makeover of this type would have been $2,800; construction costs and kitchen remodel were paid directly through an insurance company.) -- SYLVIA E. KING-COHEN
BEFORE. A December 2010 fire destroyed the McCarricks' home. “We just had redone the kitchen,” says Charleen McCarrick. (2010)
CUSTOM SANDWOOD RUG, $900. From Fred’s Carpet, East Northport.
PIANO, $6,000 (far left). From Frank and Camille’s Fine Pianos, Huntington.
GAS FIREPLACE, $4,075. From the now-defunct Ashwood Stove & Fireplace Co.
FLOWER ARRANGEMENTS, $320. The one over the fireplace ($150), the arrangement ($100) and pedestal ($30) in the living room and the ones on the kitchen counter ($40) were all done by McCarrick using materials from Michaels, Commack.
MIRRORS, $725 (for two). This includes the Hickory Manor House Avignon mantel mirror ($625) from bayshorehome.com; and one over the piano ($100) from craigslist.com and repainted by Charleen McCarrick.
LANE RECLINER, $549. From JASM Discount Furniture, Brooklyn.
OTTOMANS, $700 (for two). From JASM.
BASSETT MANOR SECTIONAL SOFA, $4,500. From JASM. (February 2013)
KITCHEN COUNTER STOOLS, $1,050 (for three).
From JASM Discount Furniture, Brooklyn.
KITCHEN CABINETRY, included in construction costs. Fabrication by Designs by Fernando, Ltd., Deer Park; installed by Abraham Little Neck Development, Huntington.
APPLIANCES, $5,380. “We were able to combine purchases to get a better price,” says Charleen McCarrick, of the juggling act she had to do ro refurnish her home. Through careful purchasing, she got between $50 and $100 discount on each item. Includes refrigerator ($2,200) from Sears, Commack; and range ($1,160), beverage center ($650), dishwasher ($635) and microwave ($735), all from Gringer Appliance, Commack. (February 2013)
FLOORING, included in construction cost. Materials provided and application by Abraham Little Neck Development. (February 2013)
PAINT, provided by builder.
Color is Frappe with Linen trim, both by Benjamin Moore, applied by Abraham Development Group, Huntington.
WINDOW TREATMENTS, $2,300. Includes living and dining room window treatments and hardware ($1,800 for four) and valance over sink ($500), all done by The Fabric Mill, Plainview. (February 2013)
CHINA CABINET, DINING TABLE, CHAIRS, $10,440. The homeowner says she was able to negotiate a better price by buying multiple items from one vendor. All from JASM Discount Furniture, Brooklyn.
CHANDELIERS, $1,915. Includes a large Schonbek ($1,119) and two small Schonbeks ($796), from Republic Lighting, Commack. (February 2013)
ENTERTAINMENT CENTER, $900. Found on craigslist.com. (February 2013)
HALL RUNNER AND ENTRY WAY RUG, $450. From Fred’s Carpet, East Northport. (February 2013)