Dalton Pratt, 23, held his grandmother's hand as he led her inside her newly remodeled home Sunday afternoon.

As Sandra Canfield, 71, sat down on the living room couch, she said, "This is not my couch," smiling.

She didn't know 14 family and friends were there watching her as she sat blindfolded waiting for when she would see her home for the first time after it was destroyed by Hurricane Harvey in late August.

She also didn't know that her daughter, Shawna Williams; her husband, John Williams; and their friends remodeled the entire wood-framed home instead of just a few rooms.

As Canfield's grandson took off the blindfold, her face was filled with shock and happiness.

"Oh my gosh. Oh my goodness. Holy mackerel. Oh my gosh. This is not my house," she said, burying her face in her hands.

After Harvey, two-thirds of Canfield's house in the 1200 block of Brownson Road was gone. Her family remodeled it into a one-story home.

The Williamses led a group of about a dozen friends and family in an effort to gut and completely remodel Canfield's house.

"When we first saw the house, we all looked at each other and we didn't think we could do this - didn't know we could do this," said Shawna Williams, 43. "We put trust and faith in God and got it done."

The Williamses, who live in The Woodlands near Houston, drove down every weekend since mid-September until now to work on the home. They always worked at least 12 hours a day, sometimes into the next morning.

Other major helpers on the project include Bryan and Angela Robinson, of The Woodlands; Denise and David Ray, of New Braunfels; Amy and Tommy Gulledge, of Lolita; TJ Shannon, of The Woodlands; and Shawna Williams' brother, Doug Canfield, and his wife, Stephanie Canfield, of Victoria.

"I'm so blessed to have all these people that care that much to put in a lot of work. That was a lot of time," Sandra Canfield said. "The friends, I consider (them) family now ... The people that have come into my life - I wouldn't take a million dollars to change it."

Sandra Canfield said her daughter was good at keeping the secret because the remodel of the bathroom and guest bedroom and the addition of central air-conditioning were all surprises.

Canfield lived with her daughter's family in The Woodlands and did not see any of the work in progress.

"It's totally, totally amazing," she said. "I don't even know - how can you put anything like this into words? I knew it was going to be great just doing what they said they were going to do, but this, it's just above and beyond."

The group didn't forget one detail when it came to making the house feel like a home again. The pantry was stocked behind a dark red wooden door, and a new necklace sat on the vanity in Canfield's room.

Shawna Williams didn't get any sleep Saturday night as the group continued to ready the home, and the others got very little, if any. They continued to clean and make everything perfect until lunchtime Sunday.

"It was a construction zone yesterday, and now it's back to a home," said John Williams, 57.

Everyone in the group played a big role in the project, and without each person, it wouldn't have been possible, Shawna Williams said.

"We're just really, really grateful," she said. "When someone is needed, and your people stand up for you - that's a true sign of friendship, family and love. We just appreciate them all."

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Kathryn Cargo covers business and agriculture in the Crossroads. She enjoys reporting on industry trends and getting her shoes dirty out in the field.

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