Blind builder moves in to dream home

Published: Oct. 26, 2014 at 10:54 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 27, 2014 at 3:05 AM CDT
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Thomas Graham built almost the entire home by himself. (Source: KLTV Staff)
Thomas Graham built almost the entire home by himself. (Source: KLTV Staff)

BULLARD, TX (KLTV) - Thomas Graham, a blind builder from Bullard, moved into his dream home this month.

Graham is completely blind and did almost all of the work himself, from cutting the wood to framing the windows. KLTV 7 first brought you his story in July of 2013. Now, 18 months after he began building, the family has moved in.

The siding isn't up yet and there's still much to do, but Thomas and Evonne Graham have finally moved in to their dream home.

"It was just such a blessing to be able to sit down at a regular sized table as a family and enjoy your dinner, you know, it was really nice," he said, sitting around a four-person dinner table.

It took nearly 18 months to go from a cement foundation to a fully functioning home.

"Probably the hardest thing to finish was getting all of the splinters out of my hands because I had to feel every inch of wood that I got in this house," he laughed.

He built this house by memory. The floor plan is only something Thomas could see. It's a picture long stored in his mind.

"This floor plan is the house that I grew up in in west Texas as a child. I really liked that house out on the farm. It was a beautiful house," he remembered.

That was before he lost his vision.

"As a sighted person, I was able to see and do things and that means something to me. I don't live in the past, I don't mean it like that, but it's brought a sense of fulfillment," Graham explained.

There are three bedrooms and two baths. There is a living room, parlor, and kitchen. Evonne said she does a lot of cooking these days. Her husband even made all of the cabinets. He also plans on building a two-car garage once the siding is finished.

"I just can't believe it," she said. "That he did it, you know, I knew he could, but what he did just amazed me."

Thomas Graham admitted there were times he wanted to quit and just burn the place down. But, as he proudly showed KLTV 7 around, it was clear he would never have done that. His sense of humor is ever present.

"This is her closet here," he said pointing to his wife's new closet. "She gets the big closet because she's got 300 pairs of shoes. I think she's a centipede."

And now that it's almost done, Graham is searching for a new title.

"After this, I think I'm going to challenge Tiger Woods to a game of golf at midnight," he joked.

Graham will actually be heading back to school, attending Tyler Junior College in the spring. He hopes to help other blind people build their own dreams.

Graham said he'll be studying computer science. He hopes that will help him teach other blind people in the future in some way.

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