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Makeover benefits boys' lodge
Living space gets a new look
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Bald Ridge Lodge received a new look as part of a Designing Dreams room makeover, sponsored by Allison Havill Todd Interiors. - photo by Autumn Vetter

Bald Ridge Lodge recently received a new look for an old room.

The home for at-risk boys was selected as the recipient of this year’s Designing Dreams room makeover, sponsored by Allison Havill Todd Interiors.

Each year, the company solicits nominations from the community of individuals or nonprofit organizations in need of a room renovation.

Past recipients include Jesse’s House, a nonprofit shelter for girls, and a family with a child who suffers multiple health problems.

Allison Havill Todd said the Bald Ridge Lodge was chosen by a committee in July. She and volunteers spent about three months planning the makeover of the home’s living area.

“We then came in and spent three days working on the new room,” Todd said.

Lodge director John Haigler said its residents, ages 12-17, love the new space.

“The reactions were really strong. They were all in awe,” Haigler said. “I’ve overheard them say things like, ‘This is so nice, we’ve really got to take good care of it.’”

Todd said a number of local businesses gave time, labor, materials and funds.

“This wouldn’t be possible without the support of other local, independently-owned companies,” she said.

The project included switching out chairs that Haigler said looked like “something from a waiting room” for softer, more stylish ones.

Todd’s team also added granite-topped side tables, video game chairs and a pool table. They fitted one wall with floor-to-ceiling shelving and decorative floor coverings were added.

“This is these boys’ home so we wanted it to feel homey,” Todd said.

Added Haigler, “It’s the exact opposite of what it looked like before. It’s just worlds apart.”