The Kennedys’ sense of entitlement was so great they expected everything for free, says designer who worked on $4 million eco-home
We’re all going to get these deals, right? It’s economic justice.
- Mary Richardson Kennedy hired Robin Wilson to help rebuild the family’s mold-infested 1920s house in Bedford, New York
- The family secured more than $1.3 million in high-end appliances for free
- Contractors were promised credit in a television show that never aired
- House currently on the market for $4 million after Mary Richardson Kennedy hung herself in the barn in May
During the remodeling of the seven-bedroom mansion, the Kennedys amassed more than $1.3 million in free products including high-end appliances, dual flush toilets, solid brass and zinc faucets, hardwood flooring, and hypoallergenic rugs. In addition, the family used their influence to secure massive discounts from the builder and other contractors.
Builder Jim Blansfield, who led the two-year construction project, said he charged ‘very, very much less than what I would normally charge. I felt the project had great merit.’
However his work on the house did not lead to an increase in business.
Many contractors were promised free publicity and credit in a television show for NBC, which never aired.
The kitchen was designed free-of-charge, and the craftsman who did the bookcases and fireplace mantels charged half his usual rate.
Energy-efficient windows were provided by a local distributor for a Minnesota company, Marvin Windows and Doors, at a discount of more than $100,000.
But Richardson called Sen. Al Franken, a Minnesota Democrat and an ally of her husband, and asked him to force the company to donate the windows.