'Extreme Makeover' tackles Geneva house
In case you didn’t hear, the excavator won. ESPN sportscasters Brian Kenny and John Saunders offered a play-by-play of the demolition as crews brought down the Hill family’s home on Wednesday. As they talked spectators through the epic battle, the bulldozer and excavator tore apart the 150-year-old home.
It was a bitter fight, but somebody had to win, said a laughing Diane Korman, a senior producer for ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.”
“The Hill family has allowed us to put the fun in our job,” Korman said.
A TV crew awoke Tim and Michelle Hill and their kids on Monday morning, letting them know that their 148 William St. home would undergo a transformation in just seven days. ABC producers picked the Hills out of hundreds of families, impressed by Tim Hill’s tireless work as a boxing coaching for troubled youth, training he provides free of charge.
The thrill of the tear-down followed three takes of the “Brave Heart” march, a pep rally in which 300 volunteers marched down the street, cheered on by “Extreme Makeover” host Ty Pennington.
Staff and designers are building a 3,000-square-foot home for the family of six, complete with a gym in the back. The foundation for the gym is already done, Korman said. On Wednesday afternoon, crews were busy sorting through the home’s rubble, piece by piece, so it can be recycled, she said.
The home is set to be unveiled on Monday afternoon, when the Hills return from a week in Cancun. There’s a lot of work to be done between now and then, Korman said, but she said volunteers are taking on the challenge.
“It’s true community,” she said. “It’s what makes this show possible.”
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