AIRDRIE, Alta. – It has been more than a year since the injured Humboldt Broncos player Ryan Straschnitzki lay at home in his bed.
It will soon change.
After several months of rebuilding his family home in Airdia, just north of Calgary, is ready to live again.
For Straschnitzki, paralyzed from the chest down in the 2018 bus crash, which left 16 people dead and 13 others injured, it will mean more independence.
"I think everything will only be available to me with a lift and everything like that," he said.
"Last summer I couldn't spend time with my friends and I thought I had a good summer with my friends and family, and some of it is home."
Straschnitzkis has lived in hotels since July last year when Ryan returned home from physiotherapy at Shriners Hospital in Philadelphia.
Renovation was months behind schedule, mainly due to several structural problems in the original house.
The garage floor sank 50 centimeters and had to be poured. There were problems with wiring and hardwood floors had to be cut.
The biggest changes included installing a separate heating system for the Straschnitzki bedroom – he couldn't understand when his body was too hot or too cold – and the building's elevator from the garage to what would be his basement flat.
TV Personality Mike Holmes, one of Canada's most renowned home renovators, oversaw the remodeling project.