'Extreme Makeover' home getting closer to big reveal

January 16, 2011 


After cold weather and lack of experienced workers delayed ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" construction of Bill and India Dickinsons' new Beaufort home late last week, builders Sunday completed the the structure's roof and made headway on completing its exterior trim and siding.

As builders worked through the night, features such as cabinets, irrigation and paving were added. Details like stucco, tiling and fireplaces also began to take shape.

But H2 Builders, which is coordinating construction of the house on Mystic Circle, was still searching for skilled labor Sunday as construction of the homes' drywall continued.

Contractors still are looking for framers, siding installers and workers to finish and sand drywall inside the home. Any skilled workers interested in contributing to the project can report to Southside Park in Beaufort. No sign-up or reservation is necessary, according to a news release from Susan D'Anna with World Design Marketing, a project spokeswoman.

The drywall work was expected to continue into the night Sunday as crews prepared to install granite counters and plumbing and electrical fixtures throughout the day, according to the release. The home's power was turned on Saturday.


Pending the completion of drywall work Sunday, workers will begin installing closets, wallpaper and murals inside the home. Outside, crews are expected to start work on fencing, landscaping and aluminum on the back porch, according to the release.


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.

The project's "big reveal" -- which is expected to be held Tuesday between 2 and 6 p.m. -- is open to the public, according to the release.

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