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Cary couple shows off house built for their special needs

Posted October 2, 2011 8:00 p.m. EDT
Updated October 3, 2011 8:46 a.m. EDT

— 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. 

"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.