Friday, April 28, 2006

Extreme New Jersey

Something a bit on the positive side to start the weekend. From the NY Times:

Is It a Miracle, or Just Reality?

THE Turner family, who left town on a much-needed vacation a week ago, is about to get a look at its new three-story elevator-equipped and wheelchair-accessible home.

The television cameras for the ABC reality show "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" will be rolling Sunday morning for the full ritual hoopla, moving aside an enormous trailer parked in front of the house for "the reveal," the moment when 54-year-old Beverly Turner and her nine adopted special-needs children get to see a place scrupulously planned to be perfect for them in every detail.

The Turners' old house, at 79 Harrison Place, a boarded-up two-story wood-frame structure that caught fire last fall, was still standing when they left, on the very same 50-by-124-foot lot where the new house, with its stone foundation, expansive bay windows and custom features was built — in four days.
Then, the "Extreme" people told the builders they had something "extra-special" in mind, Mr. Morris recounted. "They said they wanted us to do the biggest and highest house ever built for the show, and they wanted an elevator so the children can go all over the house," he said.
A special two-hour episode of "Extreme Makeover" featuring the Irvington project is tentatively scheduled to appear on Sunday, May 21, at 8 p.m., as the season finale.


Anonymous UnRealtor said...

This is a good show, and it's amazing how fast and how nice they build houses.

Hopefully these people won't get robbed every week, having the nicest house in town.

4/29/2006 12:30:00 AM  
Blogger bairen said...

How can you build such a large house in 4 days? Wouldn't there be at least some settling issues?

Even the queer eye for the straight guy makeovers take place over 3 days.

4/29/2006 01:19:00 AM  
Blogger Metroplexual said...

I have read that just about every one of the houses has problems. Especially with the drywall. You just need time for spackle to dry out.

4/29/2006 06:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't see how such a beautiful house could get built in 4 days.

4/29/2006 08:55:00 AM  
Anonymous UnRealtor said...

I think most houses on the show take 7 days to complete.

As for settling, once the foundation is in, it's in.

They bring in crews of 200 people, and they just go berserk working all day and all night.

4/29/2006 01:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The builders on this site actually built the house in just over 4 days. It really happened, as I was there. It's really amazing, although it took 3000 people in all.

5/02/2006 11:54:00 AM  
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