Bones of 'Extreme Makeover' house emerge

January 13, 2011 

Thursday, Jan. 13: In an instant, the house's shape emerged Thursday, a day after the old house was demolished.

After the demolition of Bill and India Dickinson's home in Beaufort on Wednesday, volunteers and contractors with ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" began rebuilding.

Architects have designed a two-story house in what is dubbed "Lowcountry plantation style." Contractors finished prep work on the foundation Thursday morning and began the 14-hour job of framing the home.

Pre-built sections of wooden frame, each 8 to 10 feet wide, were carted in on flat-bed trailers. Cranes lifted them into place and were secured by workers.

The first wall went up at about 3 p.m., according to Todd Hawk, owner of H2 Builders, which is coordinating construction.

By the end of the day, the house's skeleton was mostly complete. Trusses for the roof were to go up at about midnight.

The show also filmed area Marines packing 800 "Extreme Care Packages" for troops in Afghanistan.


Contractors will tackle mechanical work, installing heating and air conditioning systems, pipes and electrical wire. Doors and windows will be installed, and the roof will be shingled.


The building project is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Visitors should park at Piggly Wiggly on Ribaut Road. Regular shuttles will take them to the site. Spectators can donate a nonperishable food item, which will be collected by volunteers from local Boys & Girls Clubs to benefit area food shelters.


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