Extreme Home Makeover: What does it take to pull off an Extreme Makeover?As we watched all these contractors working, we started thinking. What are the numbers connected with this project? From sheet-rock to shingles, wait until you hear what it takes.
By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY
Moorhead, Minn. (WDAY TV) - All you have to do is drive by and see the army of contractors and volunteers who look like ants scurrying around, making the impossible, possible. The siding is on. The sheetrock is up and painting has begun. All of this action is at the site of the Extreme Makeover Home in South Moorhead. Work will now shift to the inside of the house.
As we watched all these contractors working, we started thinking. What are the numbers connected with this project? From sheet-rock to shingles, wait until you hear what it takes.
With the house now looking like a home, let's do the numbers. Before the house even went up, 1400 cubic yards of dirt moved out. 300 plumbers, electricians, roofers, siding workers, carpenters and other trades have put their other jobs on hold to come in to help.
NATHAN LOTVEDTPROJECT MANAGER: “And they're great. These guys have been awesome. They know that that's what they have to do to get this done. They've got to be on top of each other and it's been an awesome experience.”
Speaking of siding, 5-thousand square feet of siding went on today along with 420 pieces of sheet rock. Speaking of rocks, 250 square feet of rock went up on the exterior of the new home.
Helping these 300 professionals is 5,500 volunteers.
“We've had to turn many people away.”
NICOLE SCHAFFERHERITAGE HOMES: “It says a lot about the community. It's phenomenal; they don't care what they're doing. They don't care if they’re picking up garbage, if they're just watching, they want to be here.”
200 bundles of shingles went on the roof top. 35 chefs and restaurants catered food day and night and morning light will be no problem, with 47 windows now in the Grommesh home. This house of “hope” is built by a caring community.
Besides great weather, stars from the Extreme Makeover show say they are impressed with the turnout from those contractors and volunteers. They tell us each location is different, but after seeing the success of the volunteer contractors at the Minot and New Orleans makeovers, it became clear to the television producers that bringing the show to Fargo-Moorhead would be easy to do.
“To see people come out for three days I mean come out for three hours and they stay three days it kind of blows you away.”
One day after the NDSU Volunteer Pep Rally asked the public to volunteer, 2-thousand people had already signed up to help.