Extreme Makeover demolishes Knox family house to start rebuild

Extreme Makeover demolishes Knoxville family house to start rebuild

Posted: Updated:
Crews brought the structure down just after noon Wednesday. Crews brought the structure down just after noon Wednesday.
Volunteers looked on while heavy equipment crews worked. Volunteers looked on while heavy equipment crews worked.
The remains of the home were crushed. The remains of the home were crushed.
Patrick Sharrock enjoyed watching the demolition. His family received a home this year in Georgia from Extreme Makeover. Patrick Sharrock enjoyed watching the demolition. His family received a home this year in Georgia from Extreme Makeover.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Extreme Makeover on Wednesday demolished the home belonging to the West Knoxville family who's getting a brand new place to live.

The hit ABC show sent Daniel and Mandy Watson and their three adopted children, Atley, 7, and Ava, 6, and Silas, 2, on a vacation to St. Petersburg and Clearwater, Florida until the project is complete.

Instead of repairing the Robinson Road home's crumbling foundation, warped floors, cracking walls and damaged roof, Extreme Makeover chose to start from scratch.

Crews brought the structure down just after noon Wednesday.

"I've known the Watson family since I was in eighth grade. I had Mrs. Watson in class and I heard what was happening here today, and I was just really excited to help out in any way that I could," said volunteer Ryan Brooksbank.

Since it's not a typical rebuild, it wasn't a typical demolition. "You can imagine trying to get as many pieces of equipment in here in a field that's pretty much a mud hole," said surveyor Kevin Campbell. "It's pretty tough."

Volunteers also had to work around camera crews and time the destruction just right. "You feel the intensity with as many pieces of equipment as we had running last night," Campbell said. "It was just hectic, but everybody was in high gear and we were ready to go." 

Even with rain and storms, the volunteers were smiling from ear to ear. "I can't think of anything like this, but it's fun getting to be a part of this and getting to watch it happen," Brooksbank said.

The demolition was certainly something to see.

"That was probably more staged for the cameras. I mean, we would have taken our time just a little bit more instead of ramming it through there. Actually from that standpoint, it was probably just a little bit different," Campbell explained.

Skilled volunteers were amped up to get to work once the house came down.

"Depending on what's underneath the house, that will go pretty quick. They'll probably have that ground up in a couple of hours," Campbell said.

As soon as that was done, crews were going to start work on the new foundation.

Although producers are keeping the plans for the Watson's new home under wraps, the show does say it needs cabinet makers, furniture makers and the help of an upholstery company.

The Watsons founded a non-profit called the Restoration House of East Tennessee. It provides single mothers with housing at a local apartment complex and other assistance such as mentoring and advocacy.

The family lived in the main house on their property. The upper story of their home and a second, smaller home were turned over to Restoration House, where single mothers live with their children.

The mothers who live on the property receive training, hold a job, and receive additional assistance to get on their feet as a family. 

6 News Reporters Erica Estep and Jessa Lewis contributed to this report.

Powered by WorldNow

1306 N. Broadway NE Knoxville,
Tennessee 37917

Telephone: 865.637.NEWS(6397)
Fax: 865.525.4091
Email: newsroom@wate.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Young Broadcasting of Knoxville, Inc. A Media General Company.