Pensacola, Florida
Tuesday November 20th 2018


Vote for the Williams Family

A local family is one of six finalists in hopes of winning Boost Your Roost, a national home renovation contest.

Dawn and Alex Williams along with their young son and daughter and two basset hounds share an 1,100 square foot home in North Hill that could use some TLC.

Alex purchased the home as a bachelor and together he and his wife have tried to make their house a home. Since both are in school – Alex is pursuing an MIS degree and Dawn is currently working on her graduate degree in special education – money can’t always be spent on renovations. Not to mention the fact they are raising two small, adorable kids.

Dawn and Alex hope to move to a bigger house one day – their kids can’t share a bedroom forever, but for right now they’d like to improve their surroundings to possibly refinance or cut costs of inevitable renovations.

“We’re very lucky, it’s not the worst kitchen,” Dawn said. “Pictures don’t look bad. The cabinets look fine, but they’re particle board and they’re falling apart. The fridge is a hand-me-down from my parent’s neighbors, we have a white counter tops, which are stained. The windows are old and covered in lead paint so we obviously leave them alone.”

She moves aside the burgundy curtain and quickly closes it.

At stake is $20,000 from, run by the National Association of Realtors. Local contractors will be called upon if the Williams’ takes the prize, meaning if they win, the community wins.

When they did pursue home repair in one of the bathrooms, they found more work than they bargained for. The previous owner was most likely into renovating too, but was just not very good at it.

“We found dangling electrical wires – sure enough they were live,” Dawn said. “There’s no telling what we’ll find when we get to renovating the kitchen.”

“The electrical really worries me,” Dawn said. “We don’t have enough outlets. We use an extension cord for our toaster. The whole kitchen is on one circuit and it always trips the breaker.”

The Williams’ family isn’t looking for a state-of-the-art kitchen. For Dawn, it’s function over fashion.

“I love to cook, but there are so many issues,” she said. “The house is 70 years old and has no insulation. I cooked the other night and it got to 85 degrees, even though we have air conditioning. It makes it miserable to cook.”

No matter what the outcome of the contest is, Alex and Dawn will eventually renovate and make it work – on top of working full-time, going to school and caring for two young kids.

But if they do win, Dawn is already imagining how she’ll break in the new kitchen.

“We usually go to my mom’s every Sunday for dinner,” Dawn said. “My younger siblings live there and my mom’s dad just moved in so they have a full house again. It’d be nice to take turns and have them over for a change.”

Don’t forget to vote for the William’s kitchen to be renovated. Voting ends August 13.