Original story on local home makeover show
CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) - Channel 3 Eyewitness News began to release details Wednesday on the network television show bringing crews into the Chattanooga area this month to build a home for a local family.
The home will be built within 15 miles of the Chattanooga vicinity and TV host Ty Pennington will be here with full production and construction crew for "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition". The show airs on the ABC network across the country.
At a news conference Thursday morning at East Chattanooga Lumber, there will be a pep-rally on February 3 at the Chattanoogan Hotel. Construction will begin on February 14 and the reveal will be February 19.
Details about the build and volunteer information are available through www.extremevisionhomes.com.
However, the name of the family is being kept a secret until host Ty Pennington knocks on their front door.
Vision Homes in Chattanooga will lead the build team. East Chattanooga Lumber is also assisting and has provided facilities to be the site of some planning meeting. According to a source close to the project, the show has been working with local builders "in earnest for the last three weeks." The person called it a "whirlwind of activity."
Vision Homes has been around since 2003 and has headquarters on North Market Street in downtown Chattanooga.
The build will take place over a 107-hour period. The source, who was not authorized to publicly discuss details of the project, says the show had several local families in mind and will choose one of them.
The source has seen some preliminary plans for the house and tells Channel 3 the plans can be tweaked to meet specific family needs and interests when the design team arrives.
One of the people credited with discovering host Ty Pennington for the show is Dee Haslam, the CEO at Rivr Media Interactive in Knoxville. Rivr is TV production company that has created shows for Animal Planet, the DIY Network and HGTV.
Haslam tells Channel 3 she knew they had a star when she cast Pennington for his first big show.
"When Rivr Media was casting for a carpenter for Trading Spaces a head shot of Ty was sent," Haslam said.
"After his screen test we knew he had what it took. He is warm, kind and funny. He was always excited to help the homeowners. Ty is a perfect for Extreme because he gets to make such a difference in these families lives."
If Haslam's last name sounds familiar, it is because she is the wife of Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam's brother Jimmy.
The Extreme Makeover show is in Orange Park, Florida this week working on a home for a high school volleyball coach who took in one of her players and the girl's two sisters when their mom died.
More about the show according to the network's website:
We don't know about you, but it is what's lurking behind that big bus which keeps us absolutely riveted from week-to-week: a house pimped out to the extreme. It's extremely uplifting, as the renovated home always belongs to a deserving family. It's extreme transformation. And it's extremely community-oriented.
You'll see dingy kitchens get completely tricked out, spa-inspired bathrooms built where icky ones once were, and Olympic-sized swimming pools installed in what were once shabby overgrown yards. It's stuff we know you'd want at your own pad—and then some. And Ty and his crew do it from the ground up, adding five-star luxuries and the occasional theme park attraction.
From the moment he gives his "Good Morning" wakeup call, Ty is bent on bringing neighbors together—one environmentally-friendly brick at a time. It's a race against time on a project that would normally span several months, involving a team of designers, contractors and hundreds of workers who all have just seven days to totally rebuild an entire house!
Before you start getting all jealous, the lucky homeowners always have a heartening back-story: Heroes, community leaders, and a plethora of inspirational families are truly the heart and soul of the show. There's that saying, "home is where the heart is," and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition puts the heart right where it belongs.