Rush to finish Extreme Makeover: Home Edition project for family

Rush to finish Extreme Makeover: Home Edition project for family reveal

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Rain started to fall a little before 7:00 a.m., but progress continued. Rain started to fall a little before 7:00 a.m., but progress continued.
Volunteers were very busy Tuesday morning working on landscaping. Volunteers were very busy Tuesday morning working on landscaping.
Project Manager Scott Lawrence says the project is on schedule for the interior. Project Manager Scott Lawrence says the project is on schedule for the interior.

By STEPHANIE BEECKEN
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The rush is on Tuesday to finish the Extreme Makeover build in Knoxville for the reveal to Daniel and Mandy Watson, their children and members of their non-profit The Restoration House of East Tennessee.

Volunteers were very busy Tuesday morning working on landscaping and grating the driveway at the site on Robinson Road.

Barbara Jenkins started her shift at 2:00 a.m. "They've been unloading furniture and are just now putting it in the garage so anything they need done, they just call the volunteers and we go out and do it," she said.

Rain started to fall a little before 7:00 a.m., but progress continued. In just a few hours, workers poured concrete, painted the doors and shutters and planted trees.

Project Manager Scott Lawrence says the project is on schedule for the interior.

It's the exterior work that's behind. "It's going to be close. It's going to be down to the wire, but I think we're going to do it. We've got a lot of great volunteers, a lot of determined volunteers," Lawrence said.

David Bohler is the director of construction. He works with Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and has helped build dozens of homes around the country.

Bohler says the volunteers in Knoxville really stand out. "We've had rain, lightning, storms. We've had a snow that hit us and 12 degree temperatures and throughout that process, we've had volunteers non-stop," he said.

He also says with a project like this, the people involved have to focus on finishing critical areas like the front of the home first, then work on the surrounding areas.

Bohler admitted he's a little anxious about finishing on time. "There's always that moment of uncertainty. Can we do it? Are we able to pull it off? Will the volunteers be able to come out and push through?" he said.

Due to the stormy forecast, Extreme Makeover chose to delay the reveal to the family until Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. It was originally planned for Tuesday evening.

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