'Extreme Makeover' sends out a rallying cry for framers

January 14, 2011 

Friday, Jan. 14: Cold weather and a lack of experienced framers late Thursday slowed the construction of Bill and India Dickinson's house for ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition."

At about 9:15 a.m., H2 Builders, which is coordinating construction of the home on Mystic Circle in Beaufort, sent out a news release expressing an "urgent and immediate need" for volunteers with any level of framing experience.

They got the help they needed.

Todd Hawk, owner of H2 Builders, said several framers responded, showing up at the site Friday to finish framing the two-story "Lowcountry plantation style" house.

Roof trusses also went up, and window installation was expected to be completed Friday night, Hawk said.

Volunteers also installed the main staircase and finished two covered front porches.

The project is slightly behind schedule, but Hawk expects it will be finished on time.


Contractors will perform mechanical work, installing heating and air conditioning systems, pipes and electrical wire. Roof shingles are expected to be applied.


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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