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Cary couple shows off house built for their special needs

Posted October 2, 2011
Updated October 3, 2011

— A Cary couple with cerebral palsy showed off the 6,200-square-foot, $2.5 million home constructed just for them at the 46th annual Parade of Homes Sunday, an industry event that showcases the latest trends in home building.

Shane Pegram's father's company built the home – complete with wider doors, lower cabinets, ramp walkways, elevator, recessed rugs and automatic lighting – to accommodate the special needs Shane and his wife, Jennifer, have.

"We're so incredibly blessed to have this opportunity to make something that's molded to us, instead of fitting into something that might not be ideal for our needs, which is what we've done for most of our lives," Jennifer Pegram said.

The house even has a dance studio, where Jennifer Pegram plans to teach special needs children to dance. 

2011 Parade of Homes Parade of Homes showcases house built for special needs couple

"This is where I can be found when I'm nowhere else to be found," she said.

Down the hall, Shane Pegram also has his own space.

"I call it a rec room. Other people call it a man cave. I don't think I'm a Neanderthal by any means," he joked.

Besides being able to promote The Pegram Group during the home parade, the couple says they hope to highlight how simple changes in construction can make a huge difference for people with physical challenges.

This year's Parade of Homes features more than 200 new homes, mostly in Wake County, that have a wide range of listing prices. The event continues for the next two weekends – Oct. 7-9 and Oct. 14-16 – from noon to 5 p.m. 


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  • Raydianse Oct 12, 2011

    I am so excited to tour the home this weekend! I remember anticipating the new home that would be built when the old house was torn down. I am very thankful to the Pegrams and other families that are tearing down the old houses in my neighborhood and building these gorgeous new ones! So sweet and wonderful that Terry was able to build this for his son and daughter-in-law. I know his wife is smiling down on them and is so happy to see how happy her son is. Beautiful house Shane and Jennifer may you enjoy many many happy, healthy and wonderful years in it!!!

  • yeller Oct 10, 2011

    I think it is great! Very nice house. I am sure they are nice and deserving people. It is wonderful that their family can do this for them, especially in a tough economy. I appreciate their father putting money into the local workforce.

    I also look forward to monitoring their tax base to see if they get the same unfair treatment on property taxes as the other local mansions. They are currently taxed on a base of $661,200.

  • gossipgirl Oct 6, 2011

    Oy; some people need to find a socialist economy & move on out of the US of A. I am so sorry for these folks that they have been subjected to the insults of some folks who seem filled with hate & pettiness. Good for the economy, good for the County that needs the $$ from the taxes & good grief to the haters....

  • amypegram Oct 4, 2011

    As a member of Shane and Jennifer's family, I am utterly DISGUSTED as I read these comments. You faceless, nameless people just sit here and tear apart a couple you know NOTHING about. You know nothing about Shane's father, either, one of the most generous people I've ever met and who has, for decades, given back to people in this community in countless ways. Anyone that knows him would attest to that. Do you not think that Shane and Jennifer would rather wake up any day of the week in a shack and be able to run and jump and do all the other things that you and I take for granted, rather than suffer with the debilitating effects of CP and live in a nice custom-built house? This negativity is inconcievably heartless, unnecessary, and takes away from a wonderfully told story about a couple who, trust you me, know exactly how blessed they are. And that is truly unfortunate. Congrats to my cousin Shane and his amazing wife Jennifer on their well-deserved and beautiful new home.

  • bmg379 Oct 4, 2011

    If you don't want everyone to know your business,do not put it in the news

  • pamblalock Oct 4, 2011

    Everyone is entitled to their opinion. Maybe this is a mansion, maybe Mr. Pegram’s father gifted his son and new daughter in law with this house because he could, who knows, whose business is it? Of course they could have lived in a smaller house with or without the special handicapped features, because they know how to, they have for goodness sakes. This house and their marriage is a fairy tale come true for both of them. If there were ever two people that lives have touched so many it is Shane and Jennifer’s. They are and know they are fortunate that their families self made good fortune can help them enjoy their lives in a way that can not only help them but help them help others with disabilities. I wish them the best and know that they truly understand how lucky they are. The intent was to use that good fortune not only to help Shane and Jennifer’s but to help them be able to help others by educating them and helping them. There are so many people that have wealth and

  • soyousay Oct 3, 2011

    pris...I'm not jealous, I'm appauld

    why it would appear you are

  • ismaysship Oct 3, 2011

    Bravo Shane!! I am proud of you!! You have a beautiful wife too. Shame on all of you for your negative comments. Shane is a friend of mine and former College roomate. His father works hard for his company and money. If I had the means I would take care of my family as well. God is the only Judge that matters here. Not a bunch of sour grapes. Shane works hard for his money and I am sure his wife does as well. I am proud of you buddy. Sam R.

  • bmg379 Oct 3, 2011

    heels girl,the only problem with your statement is that the home is titled in dads name.

  • heelsgirl33 Oct 3, 2011

    What is the matter with you people. You know absolutely NOTHING about these people. Are your lives that boring and miserable that you have to go online to find people to criticize...for doing absolutely NOTHING wrong? Unless you count working hard to a good living - as doing something wrong.

    I know this couple very well, and they are both - FULLY EMPLOYED (not on disability), EXTREMELY HARDWORKING, wonderful people.

    If you want a house like this...go out, get a job...and earn it!!! Like they did. Oh and stop blaming others for your miserable life.