Monday A tour bus carrying “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” host Ty Pennington rolled up to the Swamp Road home of Howard and Jessica Huber. Pennington, host of the ABC-TV reality show, performed the famed “door knock” that signaled the South Range family had been chosen as the recipients of a new home, to be built in a week. The show’s crew filmed the Hubers and their children, Rosie, 3, and Henry, 6, as they packed for a trip to the Disney Vacation Club in Hawaii. Local excavators began digging the foundation for a new home behind the existing structure.
Tuesday Volunteers were filmed making the “Braveheart Walk” across a field to the home. Demolition of the old home began, with a controlled burn in part of the home used as training for firefighters. Work began on the foundation of the new home. Trees and part of the Hubers’ gardens were moved. A new septic system was put in. The old farmhouse came down and was hauled away overnight.
Wednesday Work was completed on the new home’s foundation. The fireplace and chimney were put in place. The house’s framing was mostly erected overnight.
Thursday The home’s roof and frame were completed. Electrical, mechanical and plumbing work were done. The house was insulated. Workers began siding the house with cedar shingles. Drywall started going up. Work started on the circular driveway. A home automation and security system were installed.
Friday Cedar siding was quickly installed to beat forecasted rain. Drywall work was completed. Interior walls primed. The concrete walkway up to the home was poured. Landscaping and sod was sculpted into the backyard.
Saturday Cabinetry and window trims were pinned down in the wee hours and through Saturday. About 25 colors were painted onto interior walls. A 40-foot wind turbine was erected near the home. The children’s playground was set up in the backyard. The backyard dirt was sculpted to prepare for sod.
Sunday Railings, stairs and floor coverings were completed. The fireplace was completed. Wallpaper was hung and paint was touched up. Electrical and plumbing were finished. The driveway was laid, and crushed stone and limestone were put down. Cleaning crews tidied up the interior of the home. Building inspector checked out the house The keys were turned over from construction workers to ABC. Furnishings, window treatments added.
Today “Move that Bus!” Hubers see their new home
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