Feverish pace continues as clock ticks down for Extreme Makeover

Feverish pace continues as clock ticks down for Extreme Makeover build

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"We have not had a project this fast paced," said Bill Houk, owner of BHE Inc, a company that does earthwork and other services. "We have not had a project this fast paced," said Bill Houk, owner of BHE Inc, a company that does earthwork and other services.
People were brushing on exterior paint Monday. People were brushing on exterior paint Monday.
"We'll put you to work. I mean, we've had girls from UT and Carson-Newman shoveling rocks, dirt, whatever needed to be done," Houk said. "We'll put you to work. I mean, we've had girls from UT and Carson-Newman shoveling rocks, dirt, whatever needed to be done," Houk said.

By ERICA ESTEP
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The feverish pace continues to finish the Extreme Makeover Knoxville build by Tuesday.

Less than a week in, the local volunteers and construction crews say none of them have ever done anything like this so fast before.

The end result will be a new home and other structures on Robinson Road for Daniel and Mandy Watson and their three adopted children. The Watsons have also turned over some of the housing to their non-profit called The Restoration House to help single mothers with kids.

"We have not had a project this fast paced," said Bill Houk, owner of BHE Inc, a company that does earthwork and other services. "I mean little things will pop up and then you'll have to fix them quick or on the fly."

People were brushing on exterior paint Monday while other crews rushed to get the inside of the home ready for design crews.

There was also a flurry of activity in the courtyard that will connect the main house and bungalows. It will be home to a playground and barbecue area.

Near the main house, workers installed a solar field to help offset the utility bills.

Supervisors for the builder, Grace Construction, say everything they're using is quality despite the rushed time frame.

"There was a piece of trim on the back that was down like three inches offset. We tore it off and put it back right," Houk said.

Although some of the construction slowed a bit Monday when Jenny McCarthy made an appearance, organizers smile and say not to worry. The house will be finished on time.

But they still need help to make it happen. Stone masons along with help on exterior trim, siding, painting and interior trim is critical to wrap up the project.

"Bring your tools and show up," Houk said. "We'll put you to work. I mean, we've had girls from UT and Carson-Newman shoveling rocks, dirt, whatever needed to be done."

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