After the debris was cleaned away, the only thing left was the garage and its apartment. So, Marla and I decided to focus on repairing it so we'd have some place to stay while we were working and visiting the area. It took us about 12 months to finish the apartment
Our first challenge was isolating the utilities to just the apartment. We contacted Duke power and had them install a new meter-box and pull power to the apartment. Or next task was finding the waterlines and repairing them. This would give us the essentials needed to stay in the apartment for extended periods.
Even with these utilities, we still needed to repair the systems inside the unit as everything from 5-foot down was damaged or destroyed. We had to remove all the plumbing, electrical walls, cabinets and flooring. It all needed to be replaced.