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Monday's work at 'Extreme Makeover'

The Dickinson family steps out of the limo just before their new home is to be revealed Tuesday afternoon for ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition."
The Dickinson family steps out of the limo just before their new home is to be revealed Tuesday afternoon for ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition."

Monday, Jan. 17: Landscaping, siding, painting and trim work will be completed. Blinds and drapery will be installed, and the final touches on drywall, painting and tile work will be made. Furniture move-in begins.

Design team members Paul DiMeo and Xzibit took a break Monday afternoon to talk about the project and Dickinson family.

Building for a military family holds a special place in their hearts, DiMeo said.

He noted the contrast between a house full of mold that's causing respiratory problems among the children while their dad is "serving over in Afghanistan and feeling that he has neglected the very family that he's protecting."

"War doesn't just affect our men and women who serve, it affects the very families they leave behind," DiMeo said.

Telling that story is a big part of what they're trying to do this week, he said.

Xzibit, a rapper and TV personality who joined the design team this year after guest starring on the show last season, said the Dickinsons are in for a life-changing experience.

"They're coming from what, a 1,500-square-foot house that was falling apart around them, into this," he said, turning around to look at the construction site. "It's huge, it's going to be a huge difference in everybody's lives."

DiMeo and Xzibit both thanked the local community, volunteers and Marines for their help.

A fundraiser at 3 p.m. Tuesday at 103 Robert Smalls Parkway, the site of the former O.C. Welch dealership, involves a $20 donation to a military family for each person who test-drives a Ford.

The crew also plans to give the Dickinson family, who will be at the fundraiser, a "great surprise" during the event.

TUESDAY“Move That Bus!” is expected sometime between 2 and 6 p.m.

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