Cousino Restoration has been a trusted name for property restoration in Northwest Ohio & Southeast Michigan for years, but we don’t expect you to just take our word for it. Take a look at our past projects and case studies.
After a thunderstorm hit Bexley, Ohio, on July 13, 2013, a tree from one resident’s yard fell on the house of their neighbor. The result was damage to the chimney and the lower portion over the home where the homeowner sat reading a newspaper. While the homeowner was thankfully unscathed, their property was not.
Branches fell into the room, and rain started pouring down into different parts of the house that were exposed to the elements. The drywall and hardwoods were soon wet.
The homeowner called their insurance adjuster, who then turned to Cousino Restoration for help. Cousino Restoration was there within an hour and removed the tree the next morning while the storm was still going on.
Through this referral, the Bexley homeowner received the help they needed. Their chimney was completely rebuilt from the roof up, the entire roof was replaced, and they resided the whole back of the house. They also redid 1/3 of the lower level ceiling and the entire hardwood floor. Lastly, they re-framed the wall on the second level of the home.
After four months, the homeowner’s house was completely restored.
When a line in a water heater broke at Faith Baptist Church in Ottawa, Ohio, the whole structure was affected as water flooded the entire building. Cousino Restoration was called to assist, and a team of four were dispatched that night for emergency services.
After working throughout the entire evening and the following day, they dried out the church so everything was back to normal in just a few weeks!
The night before the first day of school one semester at the University of Toledo, a boiler line broke in University Hall, the famous collegiate Gothic building which dominates the main campus. Five floors were majorly affected by the break, and the university staff knew they had to get this issue resolved quickly.
Cousino Restoration Project Manager Tom Peternel received a call from the university at 9:00 pm the night of the accident. He and his team of 18-20 people worked through the night on this mitigation project to get the admissions and administration offices up and running in time for class. All of the Cousino Restoration staff stayed on site until 9:00 am the following day.
This story is just one in many successes Cousino Restoration has had with the University of Toledo. In the past 10 years, for example, Tom Peternel specifically has completed 20 projects with this university including several residence and academic halls. Cousino Restoration prides itself on its relationships with major local institutions like the University of Toledo, built on shared trust and experience.
Toledo’s Huntington Center, an 8,000-seat multi-purpose arena, is one of the premier spots in town for sports, arts, music, and other events (including the local professional hockey team games – go Walleye!).
So when a roof seam at the Huntington Center went out one evening in February 2014 and water subsequently damaged eight suites and a common area of suite levels, the owners knew that they had to find the best company in town to partner with.
Within 30 minutes of the original call at 7:00 pm, under the leadership of project manager Tom Peternel, Cousino Restoration had come onto the scene. They had 20 hours to tear and clean out the damaged area since the famous county music group, Lady Antebellum, had a concert there the following day. A lot of the area was salvaged, everything was dried, and the concert went on as planned without any delays.
When you look back on the winter of 2014 in Michigan, the one word that probably comes to mind is cold. It was one of the fiercest and iciest winters on record in the U.S., so much so that it was later coined the “Polar Vortex.”
On January 7th of that year, a big snowstorm hit the main campus of Spring Arbor University. In Gainey Hall, one of the women’s residence halls, the sprinkler systems in the foyer froze, broke, and flooded the floor with two inches of water.
Cousino Restoration was called that night—a Tuesday—and informed that they had to have the building restored by the following Saturday, when the students would return from the holiday break.
The Cousino Restoration team arrived on the scene and worked around the clock to restore the damage.
Meanwhile, in the 100-person dorm next door, the storm had inflicted further damage. The kitchen and common area had broken pipes, which led to more flooding of two-inch water on the ground building-wide. Working together, Cousino Restoration gutted the kitchen, janitors’ space, and common dining, then extracted all of the water and cleaned everything thoroughly.
By the time the students arrived back on campus that Saturday, it was as if nothing had ever happened thanks to Cousino Restoration’s work.
Sandusky’s Lyman Harbor is not only the premier waterfront entertainment complex in the area, but a historic site going back as far as the 1920s. Originally founded in 1875, the Lyman Boat Works company relocated to Sandusky in the early 20th century and produced popular boats designed specifically for Lake Erie. Today, many of the buildings are retrofitted structures from the original company.
One recent February, a water pipe broke, and water spread throughout the kitchen, banquet hall, and ball area of Lyman Harbor. Half of the facility was underwater, and all of the furniture and carpets in these areas were destroyed. The entire area had to be facelifted in time for the April wedding season.
Over the next six weeks, the Cousino Restoration team worked diligently on a project that ended up costing about $70-$80K overall. Everything was completely redone and restored down to the tiniest detail—even the most intricate of the surviving chandeliers: a beautiful light fixture that had 1 million pieces of glass to it.
A few years ago, the elementary school in Woodmore Local Schools in Elmore, Ohio, experienced $650,000’ worth of water loss.
Water flooded the gymnasium and 40-50 rooms. Woodmore Local Schools officials turned to Cousino Restoration to help mitigate the loss.
After 3-4 months, everything was back to business as usual—just in time for their annual Halloween Party that they invited the Cousino Restoration project supervisor to attend!
During a major storm a few years ago, Oak Grove Healthcare Center had a storm sewer backup. Then the worst thing imaginable happened—water flooded the 46-bed skilled nursing/rehab facility, from the hallways to the rooms.
When Oak Grove called the restoration company they’d worked with previously, they were told they’d have to wait 4 days before this company could help. But Oak Grove didn’t have 4 days to wait; they had residents who viewed Oak Grove as their home and needed to have their facility restored as soon as possible.
So they called Cousino Restoration and received help within 1 hour of the original call. Upon arriving to the facility, the Cousino Restoration team quickly ascertained that they would have to remove the walls due to the extensive water damage. After drying the facility and repairing all of the damages—a project that cost $85,000—the occupants were then able to return to their rooms, unfettered and safe.