It turns out Elin Nordegren didn't do it just because she could afford to — she did it because it was the affordable thing to do!
"It wasn't built to the South Florida wind-loading codes of today that were put in place because of hurricanes. We had an architect and a structural engineer out here and everyone agreed that it made more sense – structurally and economically – to tear it down and start over."
It turned out that the building was infested with termites and other creepy crawlies too! They discovered the issue after they had already made the decision to tear it down.
Elin generously allowed Habitat for Humanity to salvage tens of thousands of dollars worth of cabinets, hardware and fixtures for four weeks before the planned destruction.
Bobbi Blodgett, the organization's director of deconstruction, immediately noticed the bugs but was grateful for the donation, saying:
"When we pulled out the windows, the bugs were everywhere. To rebuild that house would have been ridiculous. We're so grateful to Elin. It's rare we get this kind of donation."
We're glad Elin thought of others while thinking of the welfare of her own family. Definitely a very classy move!
[Image via WENN.]