House 4 Business Super Hero Healdsburg Lumber Company Recognized

Eric Ziedrich, President of Healdsburg Lumber Company LLC, receives his House 4 Business Super Hero Award

PALKI Executive Director Mark Hancock surprised Healdsburg Lumber Company’s President  Eric Ziedrich at HLC’s monthly Contractors Breakfast at Adele’s Restaurant in Healdsburg on Friday, February 24, 2017.  Working with Julie Kennedy of HLC Contractor Sales on the surprise, Mark opened the breakfast by presenting a slideshow of the Assistant Keeper’s House 4 remodel  and thanking Eric for HLC’s incredibly generous contribution to its successful completion.  Eric received a framed “House 4 Business Super Hero” certificate, House 4 Heroes polo shirt and Point Arena Lighthouse Keepers “Keep the Light” baseball cap.   Mark stressed to the 25+ Contractors present that the remodel would not have been successfully completed without the support of Healdsburg Lumber Company and Gualala Building Supply,  and that both businesses are professional, courteous, helpful and go above and beyond to provide great customer service.

House 4 Heroes Open House

Held on Sunday, September 25, 2016 and attended by most of the House 4 Heroes, many of whom toasted their contribution to the Assistant Keeper’s House 4 Remodel


House 4 Heroes (standing L to R) Ron Madden, Charles Honeycutt, Ralph Curran & wife Kathy, Al Pritchard, Ben Klagenberg, Robert Chavez, Dean Wolf, Donovan Beard, Bill Hay, Laverne Hancock, Michael Schubach and (kneeling L to R) Mark Hancock, Merita Whatley and Laura Franklin. (Photo by Hero Tom Birdsell, not present for the picture were Healdsburg Lumber Company, Gualala Building Supply, Stone Creek Tile, Quality Discount Cabinets, Kim Mitchell, Justin York, Ed Secco, Aaron Rippey, Jim Iversen, Judith Leeper, Diane Fischer, Kathleen Chasey and Lloyd Chasey.

Point Arena Lighthouse Keeper’s, Inc. (PALKI) hosted the community at its “House 4 Heroes Open House” on Sunday, September 25, 2016 from noon to 3 p.m.  The newly remodeled Assistant Keeper’s House 4 was open for guests to see the complete redesign, new kitchen and bathrooms, and furnishings and décor. We had 44 guests stroll through the Open House.  Merita Whatley made personal size Light Keeper’s Strawberry Shortcake and served them in the Fog Signal Building.  We had 14 of our House 4 Heroes on hand for the recognition and 3 more that came later in the day.

Assistant Keeper’s House 4 is the first vacation cottage that guests see when they arrive at the Lighthouse property, and this open house was intended to show off the remodel to the community and to recognize the “House 4 Heroes” that supported the project. This completely re-imagined home features gourmet chef’s kitchen, beautifully furnished living and dining rooms, custom tile and mosaic baths, custom furniture and designer linens in all bedrooms, unique art and decorative features and more.  It is truly a design showcase and has received glowing reviews from the guests that have stayed there since it was finished (see the “Over the Top” review on TripAdvisor from our first guests in House 4). 

This remodel would not have been successfully completed without the support, talent, dedication and hard work of the ‘House 4 Heroes.’ Starting with Eric Ziedrich, president of Healdsburg Lumber Company and Gualala Building Supply, offering to provide all of our building materials and supplies at a significant Contractor’s discount and volunteers such as Ben Klagenberg and Dean Wolf that helped with the demo, new framing and custom closets, we had a great team that made it possible.

  • Laverne Hancock took the lead in designing four options for the kitchen remodel and also was a key member of the Design Committee, suggesting lighting, bath tile, sinks and vanities, making custom headboards and selecting linens, lamps and curtains for the bedrooms. She also worked tirelessly in the last four weeks painting, decorating, hanging curtains, setting up the kitchen and doing numerous other tasks to make the place ready for guests.
  • Judith Leeper of the Design Committee selected the master bedroom furnishings, rug and linens, dinner and silver ware, donated or loaned furniture and artwork from her Red Stella shop in Gualala, helped with the selection of interior colors, curtains, lighting and bath accessories, and pitched in with the ‘home stretch’ finish and decorating work. Design Committee members Laura Franklin and Diane Fischer participated in selecting kitchen design, paint colors, lighting, furniture and rugs.
  • Charles Honeycutt did all of the custom tile work in the bathrooms, donating a portion of his labor and materials to help us out.  Stone Creek Tile in Walnut Creek gave us a contractor’s discount on the beautiful bathroom tile that their designer Angel helped us pick out.
  • Jim Iversen of Iversen Electric discounted his extensive electrical and venting work, and did a lot of extras that weren’t in the original scope.
  • Ron Madden painted the entire exterior of the house, coming over from Ukiah twice to get it finished.
  • Al Pritchard did our sheet rock taping and texturing.
  • Michael Schubach donated a large storage container for the duration of the project.
  • Amber Laurent of Quality Discount Cabinets in Santa Rosa gave us a 20% discount on the kitchen cabinets and counter tops and threw in a stainless steel sink and cabinet hardware for free.  They also made sure that the counter tops were done right and made a special visit to adjust some doors and drawers.
  • Robert Chavez, one of PALKI’s Maintenance team members, was the lead carpenter on the project and did much of the demo, framing, sheet rock, painting, kitchen and bathroom cabinet installation, door hanging, installing trim and bath fixtures and other finish work. Ed Secco and Aaron Rippey of the Maintenance team assisted with the demo, cleanup of removed materials, assembled furniture, assisted Charles with the tile work and sealed tile grout. PALKI team member Kim Mitchell donated her time after work hours to seal the tile grout on the floors and bathrooms and help with other finishing tasks. Donovan Beard helped install both the wood stove and gas fireplace and Justin York helped with furniture moving, debris removal and cleanup.  Merita Whatley suggested decor items from the Gift Store to decorate the house.
  • Kathleen and Lloyd Chasey designed and installed a beautiful native plant garden accented by driftwood, rocks, shells and beach glass that they collected from local beaches.

PALKI thanks all of these “House 4 Heroes” for making Assistant Keeper’s House 4 complement the beauty of the Lighthouse peninsula that it looks out on.