‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’ volunteers tackle interior, exterior of home

ssorich@ledger-enquirer.comFebruary 25, 2010 

Joe Paull jpaull@ledger-enquirer.com 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' interior design specialist Michael Moloney, and the show's host, Ty Pennington, celebrate after the first piece of the prefabricated home is placed onto the foundation.

Editing isn’t always deceiving on “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.” Some parts of the construction process really do happen quickly.

Wednesday afternoon, the space in Pine Mountain Valley included a home and the groundwork for outside amenities like a handicap-accessible playground.

The morning before, it was nothing but a muddy foundation.

“We went from a foundation to a house with electricity working in about 10 hours,” said Dan Goodin, vice president of sales and marketing for Nationwide Custom Homes.

The Virginia-based company is leading the project with its parent company, Palm Harbor Homes, plus local builders and community volunteers.

The 4,155-square-foot modular home — constructed of pre-made sections — will go to the four-member Williams family. Dad Jeremy, who coaches football at Greenville High School, has Lou Gehrig’s disease.

The family’s 6-year-old son, Jacob, has spina bifida.

Wednesday’s crews worked on the energy-efficient home’s interior and exterior elements.

Goodin hoped to have the entire exterior done by Wednesday night, including features like rock and siding, land grading and the garage floor. And sleep? “I’ll try that next week,” he said.

Like many people involved in the project, Goodin was thriving on adrenaline.

“This is the happiest job site I’ve ever seen,” he said.

Spectators watched the construction from a designated area nearby. The public viewing area is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. until Saturday.

“It seems like it’s pretty intense,” spectator Wesley Tyus, 34, said of the construction process.

What won’t TV viewers understand about the Pine Mountain Valley project?

The unpredictable weather — including rain — that volunteers withstood, said Tyus of Hamilton.

“You really don’t get to see the true elements, as far as the weather and such. It’s kind of hard to grasp,” he said.

Sonya Sorich, 706-571-8516

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