Exclusive behind the scenes tour of Extreme build

Executive producer gives 6 News behind-the-scenes tour of Extreme build


6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Executive Producer George Vershoor showed 6 News on Friday progress made so far in the transformation of the project for the Watson family.

He also shared a few secrets.

"Their theme is 'It takes a village,'" Vershoor explained. "So what we wanted to do is build a village feel to this, so that we could have their private residence along with what we're calling the bungalows behind the house."

The bungalows are reserved for two single moms and their children.

With construction equipment buzzing all around, Vershoor explained how the families can come together.

"We're in the courtyard," he said. "We're going to build a stone patio back here."

There will also be a playground and large barbeque area in the courtyard.

Extreme Makeover producers have said local news crews are never allowed inside the home before the broadcast of the show on ABC Television, but Vershoor took 6 News inside the Watson home.

"You've probably got 200 people working in here at the same time, side by side," he said while pointing out all the different skilled workers present. "They're not running over each other. It looks a little bit like an anthill, where all the ants are going in different directions, but they all have their individual jobs."

In the area reserved for production there was a creative control room. 

"So this is what we call the control room or the producer's room where GT, our director, who's right here, works to direct all the cameras while all our designers are out there at the build site," explained Vershoor.

Rows of RVs are reserved for members of the design team.

6 News also got a peek at the food service area and art world, where all the design projects are completed.

"It's a little bit like a circus, where we all come in and put up our tents," added Vershoor.

"Knoxville is surpassing our expectations of the volunteer state. Snow, rain, I mean we've had hundreds of volunteers out here, skilled volunteers," he said. "The amazing thing is they all know what they're doing."

Vershoor told 6 News that the crew planned to put up sheet rock Saturday and paint on Sunday. The designers will begin work on Monday.

The keys to the home will be ready to be turned over to the homeowners Tuesday when the exciting "move that bus" scene will be shot with Daniel and Mandy Watson.

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