It is 10:10 pm and I just left the job site of Extreme Makeover – Home Edition (Beavercreek, Ohio). They are just about done framing the first floor. The frame walls were pre-constructed off-site by Coventry Fine Homes and delivered to the job site on a big semi-truck.
The construction site is like an ant hill with volunteers in blue t-shirts running everywhere doing something. As soon as one framed wall panel is picked up and off the pile, different men move in to get the next one.
It really is quite amazing to watch them be this far along given the fact that the demolition only occurred at noon yesterday (day 3). Having said this, I am told that they are 7 hours behind because they broke a water main yesterday. The framing was supposed to start at 7 am this morning but it did not start until 4:pm this afternoon.
It is interesting what you can overhear. The place is like a party atmosphere and everyone is so willing to talk with others and share what they know. A Beavercreek fireman was telling me that the neighbors on the street were given the option to stay in a hotel or stay in their homes. Many did stay in their homes and Extreme Makeover caters all of their meals. Tonight Brio and Friday’s brought food. I saw them deliver it in big foil-wrapped containers. Workers from Friday’s stopped by the spectator area and passed out some coupons and flyers about their catering.
I asked him about the foundation – whether there was a poured basement or not, because the original house did have a basement. He said, no, that the new house will have a crawl space. The new home is going to be around 3400 – 3600 sq. ft. Already, the first floor towers over the roof of the single story home to its left. There will be a separate living space for the brother who lives with them.
I ran into another woman who, until recently, was the controller for the builder, Rob Arnold of Coventry Fine Homes. She said she had lunch with Rob’s wife 3 weeks ago and Rob only learned about the opportunity to participate in Extreme Makeover Home Edition 5 weeks ago! They had him visit the job site of another home makeover that was going on at the time (I think it was Erie PA or Erie NY???) to get a handle for the immensity of the task.
I commented, wondering what the tv show would do if he had declined. She said that some places, they had to ask 40 different builders before they got one to accept. She said that Rob Arnold is neither paid for his services nor does Rob Arnold have to pay for any of the labor or materials. Everything is donated.
Interestingly, this woman’s husband is an Executive Chef for Presidential Banquet Center in Kettering, Ohio. Its a small world. I wish I had more time to talk with her about his line of work.
They have only two more days (days 5 and 6) to complete the construction. Day 7 the decorators take over and move in the furniture. Thursday, Day 8, is the Reveal Day.