Beechwood Metalworks is known for our beautiful yard art and custom creatures, but our recent trip to Dallas had us working together to create a house – one that love built. We were delighted to partner with one of our previous customers, The Ronald McDonald House Organization.
The Ronald McDonald House is an organization whose purpose is to “create, find, and support programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children”. Ronald McDonald homes are created to support families whose children are staying at nearby hospitals or medical facilities, many of them long term. With their goals and mission in mind, we knew that assisting in the design and creation of the home was a job not to be taken lightly.
If you walk through the Dallas location of the Ronald McDonald house, you will find several other custom pieces that we have created in years past – three foot butterflies, twelve inch ladybugs, Texas Blue Bonnets, an inchworm, and even a large metal tree welcoming you into the entrance.As the facility has grown, their needs have expanded as well. The mailbox that we originally installed now did not house enough boxes for the additional family rooms. But, for the “house that love built”, no ordinary mailbox would do for their guests.
The new large red mailbox, shaped as a house, now includes spaces for every family and room available. We also designed a custom key with the group’s logo and incorporated their theme and motto “love is the key.” One of the most unique features is the love lock heart wall. Installed inside the home, the wall is created so custom painted locks – designed by a local artist – can be added representing the families or nearby patients. These locks will be sold as a fundraiser to assist the home and then placed on the lock wall.
As you enter the Dallas home, you will also notice several colorful leap frogs jumping around the exterior entry way. These frogs were created by a donation from a local women’s group in the area who are also responsible for picking out the vibrant color scheme.
Our co-owner Casey Lewis installed the pieces in late September, and they can now be enjoyed by families, friends, and employees.