Extreme Makeover: Home Edition: How'd They Do That? - Season 1

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  • Piestewa Family
    Piestewa Family
    Episode 15
    5/23/05
    8.9
    On Sunday, May 22, viewers will witness how the design team provided a new home for the family of Lori Piestewa, a Native American who was killed trying to save her friends when her unit, the 507th Maintenance Company, came under attack in Iraq. In addition to the building of the new home in Flagstaff, Arizona, viewers will also see how the design team simultaneously built a Veteran's Memorial Center on land belonging to the Navajo Nation. The building of the two new structures is the subject of the Season Finale of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition - How'd They Do That?". In March 2003, Lori Piestawa lost her life, becoming the first American woman killed in the Iraq war and the first Native American woman killed in a foreign war. She died while trying to save the lives of her friends, former POWs Shoshannah Johnson and Lori's best friend and roommate, Jessica Lynch. Lori was the divorced mother of two young children, Brandon and Carla. The children were living in a small mobile home on a reservation with their grandparents, Percy and Terry Piestewa. Lynch nominated Lori's parents for "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" and participated in the building of the new 4336-square-ft. home, erected on land donated by the San Manuel band of Mission Indians. Meanwhile, in Tuba City, Arizona, the design team was building a Veterans Memorial Center, the first of its kind designed for Native Americans who served in the armed services. Lori was the daughter of a Vietnam veteran and the granddaughter of a World War II veteran. As with all of the intense remodeling projects that "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" undertakes, there is a great deal that goes on that does not make it into the final broadcast. Some of this episode's highlights include: -Jessica Lynch recounting the pact she made with Lori that, if anything were to ever happen to either of them, they would make sure the other person's family was taken care of. -With the designers observing, the Piestewa family members perform various Native American rituals, including "feeding the spirits" and a Hopi eagle dance ritual. -U.S. veterans from the Hopi and Navajo tribes participating in the dedication ceremony for the new veterans' center. -How the designers incorporated the Piestewa's Native American heritage into the home's various rooms. The design team for this episode will feature team leader Ty Pennington, Paul DiMeo, Paige Hemmis, Michael Moloney, Preston Sharp, Constance Ramos, Ed Sanders and Eduardo Xol.moreless
  • Johnson Family
    Johnson Family
    Episode 14
    5/9/05
    9.8
    Viewers will witness how the design team provided a new home with much-needed extra space for Kansas City, Missouri firefighter Stephen Johnson and his five children - two of whom he adopted. Johnson is a hero to many, including the paramedic whose life he saved when he was called to the scene of a house explosion. The rebuilding of their home will be the subject of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition - How'd They Do That?

    As with all of the intense remodeling projects that Extreme Makeover: Home Edition undertakes, there is a great deal that goes on that does not make it into the final broadcast. Now viewers can see how the Johnson's 1200 square-foot house was transformed into a stunning two-story home that will allow plenty of room for the devoted father and his children: Stephen Jr., 18, Duane, 14 and Gina, 12 -- plus two more children, Brandon, 15, and Ryan, 13, whom he adopted from the foster care system after their adoptive mother passed away.

    The design team, homebuilder Kevin Green Homes, plus hundreds of crew members and volunteers joined forces to transform the house. Also, Trent Green and Tony Richardson from the Kansas City Chiefs came by to lend a helping hand. Meanwhile, the Johnson family enjoyed a vacation at Disney World.

    The design team for this episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition - How'd The Do That will feature team leader Ty Pennington, Paige Hemmis, Michael Moloney, Constance Ramos and Ed Sanders.moreless
  • Dolan Family
    Dolan Family
    Episode 13
    5/2/05
    5.9
    Viewers will witness how the design team replaced the 1960s-era ranch house of the Dolan family from St. Petersburg, Florida with a brand new home that's more navigation-friendly for a young husband and father who lost his eyesight in a workplace shooting incident. The rebuilding of their home will be the subject of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition - How'd They Do That?" James Dolan and his wife, Chrissy, have been together since they were teenagers, and were thrilled when they were able to afford to buy James' childhood home to raise their own children, Charlie, 12, Haley, 6 and J.T., 3. But money was tight, so James did what he thought was best for his family and took on a second job as a manager at the electronics store. In November 2004, the unthinkable happened -- a deranged man with a gun walked into the electronics store and opened fire. In fifteen seconds that would forever change the lives of the Dolan family, three people died, including the gunman, who had shot James in the head. Miraculously James survived, but without his eyesight. As with all of the intense remodeling projects that "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" undertakes, there is a great deal that goes on that does not make it into the final broadcast. Now viewers can see how the Dolans' 1846-square-foot home was transformed into a new 4,487-square-foot home with features that address James' remaining senses, especially touch and hearing. The design team for this episode of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" features team leader Ty Pennington, Paul DiMeo, Constance Ramos, Preston Sharp and Eduardo Xol.moreless
  • Harvey Family
    Harvey Family
    Episode 12
    4/25/05
    5.4
    Viewers will witness how the design team from Extreme Makeover: Home Edition transformed an 1100-square-foot home of the much loved and hard-working Harvey family from Hastings, Florida (near the Jacksonville/St. Augustine area) into 4300 square-feet of magnificent living space in just seven days. The rebuilding of their home will be the subject of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

    When Willie Harvey was diagnosed with epilepsy, his work as a mechanic and heavy equipment operator -- as well as the repairs he'd been making to the family's 1930s Army barracks home -- came to an abrupt halt. Employers wouldn't hire him for fear of possible seizures, and as a result Willie was forced into unemployment. His wife, Alecia, was working two full-time jobs and putting herself through nursing school to better provide for her husband and their children -- Derrick, 21, Arlayceea, 15, Willie, Jr., 9, Jasmine, 7 -- and Alecia's aunt, Mary McCloud.

    Still, Willie and Alecia were barely able to make ends meet. Meanwhile, their home was falling down on them! Built in the 1930s as part of an Army barracks, the Harveys' two-bedroom house was also home to several thousand troops of termites.

    As with all of the intense remodeling projects that Extreme Makeover: Home Edition undertakes, there is a great deal that goes on that does not make it into the final broadcast. Now viewers can see all of that and more.

    The design team for this episode features team leader Ty Pennington and designers Paige Hemmis, Michael Moloney, Ed Sanders and Preston Sharp. The series is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding.moreless
  • Broadbent Family
    Broadbent Family
    Episode 11
    4/11/05
    5.9
    A courageous mother, Patricia Broadbent, has helped three of her adopted children and many others face AIDS with hope, teaching them that life is here for the living. Her own recent bout with cancer has only enforced that belief. In an episode of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition -- How'd They Do That?," more of their touching story will be told, as well as the remarkable process of their home renovation in North Las Vegas. Patricia, a longtime advocate for children and a former social worker, has given birth to one child and adopted six others in her lifetime, three of whom still live at home -- Hydeia, 20, Shana, 16, and Trisha, 12. All three of these girls contracted AIDS from their birth mothers and are now living with the virus. When the disease took center stage in both her life and the world's in the late 1980s, Patricia became an advocate for AIDS awareness and acceptance. Since she was six years old, Hydeia, who never viewed her AIDS status as a death sentence, has also rallied to bring understanding and assistance to those touched by HIV/AIDS. Today she is an internationally recognized AIDS activist. As with all of the intense remodeling projects that "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" undertakes, there is a great deal that goes on that does not make it into the final broadcast. Now viewers can see all of that and more, including: -Where team leader Ty Pennington got his inspiration for the "secret room" he built for Patricia, whose only dream was to have a house she'd feel proud of to pass on to her beloved children. -How designer Paul DiMeo built two unique music-themed bedrooms - a hip-hop themed room for Hydeia, and a classical-themed room for Shana. -How designer Preston Sharp created a sanctuary where the family can bond over art projects. -Builder KB Home's additional contribution of landscaping all of the homes on the Broadbents' street and cul-de-sac. The design team for this episode of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition -- How'd They Do That?" features Ty Pennington, Paul DiMeo, Michael Moloney, Constance Ramos and Preston Sharp.moreless
  • Leslie Family
    Leslie Family
    Episode 10
    4/4/05
    6.2
    Viewers will witness how the design team from Extreme Makeover: Home Edition rebuilt a house for the widow and three surviving sons of a husband/father who had once dreamed of renovating the place himself. The remarkable process and more of the touching story of this renovation in Brathwaite, Louisiana, near New Orleans.

    Right before Christmas in 2003, Robin Leslie received the life-altering news that both her oldest son, Merlin, and her husband, Doug, had been killed in a car crash. Robin was left with a broken heart, an unfinished and rundown house, and alone to care for three surviving young children -- Spencer, six, and three-year-old twins Brent and Brandon. A school guidance counselor by profession, Robin now finds that she is the one who needs help, as does the home, where the boys sleep together in a room downstairs because their dad never got the chance to remodel their bedrooms.

    As with all of the intense remodeling projects that "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" undertakes, there is a great deal that goes on that does not make it into the final broadcast. Now viewers can see all of that and more, including:

    -For the first time, design team leader Ty Pennington asks for outside help on his "secret room" from two of Robin's girlfriends.

    -How the show's locations department deals with the many challenges this particular show presents - including ferrying furniture and construction materials across the Mississippi River, and coping with the heavy rains that affect the entire worksite.

    -Designers Paul DiMeo and Preston Sharp discovering some awesome antique barge board that they use to build a new table.

    -Designer Paige Hemmis and friends of the Leslie Family releasing balloons with notes attached - their way of getting their thoughts to Merlin and Doug.

    The design team for this episode features team leader Ty Pennington, Paul DiMeo, Paige Hemmis, Preston Sharp and Eduardo Xol.moreless
  • Leomiti-Higgins Families
    3/28/05
    5.6
    Viewers will witness how the design team came to the Santa Fe Springs, California home of the Leomiti-Higgins Family. In 2004, the five Higgins children, aged 14 to 21, lost their parents within three months of each other. In addition to going through the devastating loss, they had to figure out a way to stay together and continue living in the two-room converted motel/apartment that the family had shared. If the oldest sons, Charles Jr., 21 and Michael, 19, worked full-time to care for their siblings -- Sharis, 17, Joshua, 16 and 14-year-old Jeremiah -- they would have to quit school, which they knew would have devastated their parents. When the Leomiti family, who were once neighbors to the Higgins, learned of the plight of the Higgins children, they knew in their hearts what they had to do. Without thinking about the inconvenience of space, Phil and Loki Leomiti insisted that the five children come to live with them in their small house. Along with their three children -- Jaboy, 19, 17-year old twins Sina and Joshua and Loki's mother, Seena -- the total number of people grew to 11. Highlights of this edition of "How'd They Do That?" include: -Paul giving California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger a private tour of the house. Later the Governor and the designers watch the family's emotional reaction as they see their new home for the first time. -How the show's design team and production crew struggled to stay on schedule during one of the worst rainstorms in California history. -Ty giving a step-by-step demonstration on how to make a "Ty light." -Designer Michael Moloney visits a Polynesian restaurant to learn how to cook like the Leomitis, who are Samoan American. -A look at how the homebuilder, Pardee Homes, built an environmentally safe and friendly house for the families. The design team for this episode of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition -- How'd They Do That?" features team leader Ty Pennington, Paul DiMeo, Michael Moloney, Constance Ramos and Ed Sanders.moreless
  • Okvath Family & University Medical Center
    Viewers will witness how the design team made more than one dream come true for eight-year old Kassandra Okvath from Gilbert, Arizona, who is recovering from cancer. She is an adorable little girl who makes an impression on everyone she meets. She and her family were thrilled when they learned that the floor of the children's hospital at the University Medical Center in Tucson, Arizona, where Kassandra has been receiving treatment, would receive a complete renovation in just seven days. What Kassandra and her family didn't know was that, while one design team was making over the hospital floor, another team was replacing the Okvath house - 90 miles away in Gilbert - with a brand new 5300-sq. ft. home at the same time, completing it in the identical, exciting seven-day time frame.

    The process of their particular home makeover is the subject of this episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition: How'd They Do That? As with all of the intense remodeling projects the show undertakes, there is a great deal that goes on that does not make it into the final broadcast. Now viewers can see all of that and more, including:

    -Ty's secret room for Kassandra, where he turned her bedroom into a delightful indoor garden that includes a butterfly gazebo and a flowerpot bench made with brushes.

    -How Preston came up with a solution for the proper lighting effect in the family's theater room.

    -How Paige created a gymnastic mural for six-year-old Gabby's room with help from Olympic medalist Carly Patterson, who does a tumbling routine on a mat while photographers capture it.

    -How Ed remained dedicated to working on his furniture projects on crutches, even after he developed blisters.

    The design team for this episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition features team leader Ty Pennington, Paige Hemmis, Constance Ramos, Preston Sharp and Ed Sanders.moreless
  • Harris Sextuplets Family
    3/7/05
    5.3
    Viewers will witness how the design team came to the home of Chris and Diamond Harris, who are the parents of healthy two-and-a-half-year-old sextuplets and nine-year-old DeWayne. After DeWayne was born, the couple didn't seem to be able to get pregnant again, and so turned to a specialist for help. They were shocked when an ultrasound showed Diamond pregnant with five babies, and surprised again when they discovered at delivery time that they had a sixth baby. The Harris Sextuplets are America's first-ever surviving set of African American sextuplets.

    The Harris family's house called for many things, including more space, a safer home and a much-needed playroom for six very energetic toddlers. The design team, homebuilder Signature Homes and hundreds of workers and volunteers solved the space issue to accommodate the sextuplets by building a 5,000-sq. ft. home, one of the show's largest to date.

    During this edition of How'd They Do That?, there will be a behind-the-scenes moments with some of the celebrities who lent a helping hand, including Miss Piggy, Kermit, Fozzie and Animal from The Muppets, and Florence Henderson (The Brady Bunch), who babysat the sextuplets when the parents went on a much-needed romantic date one night.

    The design team for this episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition will feature team leader Ty Pennington, Paul DiMeo, Michael Moloney, Constance Ramos and Eduardo Xol.moreless
  • Harper Family
    Harper Family
    Episode 6
    2/21/05
    6.8
    Viewers will witness how the design team came to the home of Patricia and Milton Harper in the Atlanta suburb of Lake City, Georgia, where heavy rains often caused the family's septic tank to malfunction and spew raw sewage into the house. When life got messy, Patricia and the kids, Darius, 17, LaVaughn, 15, and eight-year-old Mister, would sleep in their van, while Milton Harper pumped out the refuse. A 5,300 square-foot English style home - the largest yet constructed by "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" -- was built for the family. The design team, contractors and hundreds of workers and volunteers were able to turn the Harpers' living nightmare of a house into a dream home. The process of their particular home makeover is the subject of this episode of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition -- How'd They Do That?" While design team leader Ty Pennington was preparing to film this episode in his hometown of Atlanta, he underwent surgery for a perforated appendix. Although he was still recuperating, the energetic and dedicated Pennington did not want to let the family down. Not only was he was able to do his part from his hospital bed, the mischievous design team leader, along with Constance Ramos, managed to make off with a few items from the hospital for eight-year-old Mister Harper's new cardiology-themed bedroom. Additional show highlights include: -How microbiologist Dr. Gerba (affectionately referred to as "Dr. Germ") examines the old house by swabbing various areas -- and the results shock everyone. -How Lake City mayor, Willie Oswald, works alongside the design team. -Designer Eduardo Xol translating the jokes of comedian Jeff Foxworthy, a Georgia native, to the non-English speaking Latino workers. -Since a recuperating Ty needs assistance with his secret room, designer Paul DiMeo and Ty's hometown buddies pitch in and work feverishly to accomplish the room in time for the family's return home. The design team for this episode of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" will feature team leader Ty Pennington, Paul DiMeo, Michael Moloney, Constance Ramos, Ed Sanders and Eduardo Xol.moreless
  • Elcano Family
    Elcano Family
    Episode 5
    2/7/05
    5.8
    Viewers will witness how the EM:HE team rebuilt and upgraded a farm and a house in Bakersfield, California for a widow, Jennifer Elcano, and her two young children, Michael, 11, and six-year-old Ashley. Jennifer lost her husband, Glen, in a tragic car accident in 2004. Jennifer and the kids were barely managing the farm on their own and had little time to make repairs to their small 100-year-old farmhouse. The process of their particular makeover is the subject of this episode of "Extreme Makeover: How'd They Do That?" As with all of the intense remodeling projects the show undertakes, there is a great deal that goes on that does not make it into the final broadcast. Now viewers can see all of that and more, including: -The story behind how Ty made a functional and stylish office from which Jennifer can run her farm. -How Todd Sweeney, a painter, and his identical twin, contractor Brian Sweeney, create a little bit of mischief as they keep the designers from telling them apart. -The never-before-seen fantasy backyard for the youngsters. -How Paul DiMeo and Jennifer's mother-in-law, "Grandma Diane" - who is also a neighbor -- work on putting together an animal pen for the geese and chickens. -How Paul's spider bite worries him, but then he turns his concern into a little bit of fun as he wonders when his "Spiderman" powers will kick in. The design team for this episode of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" How'd They Do That?" consists of Ty Pennington, Paul DiMeo, Tracy Hutson, Constance Ramos and Preston Sharp.moreless
  • Mackey Family
    Mackey Family
    Episode 4
    1/31/05
    7.1
    Viewers will witness how the EM:HE team transformed a ranch-style, one-level home in Granada Hills, California, into a decorator's delight for Consuela Mackey, the founder of the non-profit organization Operation Confidence, which has helped thousands of disabled individuals find gainful employment and assimilate into the workplace. But her efforts to help the disabled don't stop when she gets home. Along with her 14-year-old grandson, Eric Jones, her nieces, 16-year-old Georgia and Valada Smith, 26, Consuela's visually-impaired sister, Sandra Lawson, also lives with her. Consuela has been using her knowledge and resources to educate her sister about technology that's available to facilitate life with partial vision. The family, in turn, is involved with all of Consuela's projects, and look to her for guidance and advice in their daily lives. The design team from "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" was able to provide Consuela and her family with a beautiful new home. The process of the Mackey family home makeover is the subject of this episode of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition: How'd They Do That?." As with all of the intense remodeling projects the show undertakes, a great deal that goes on does not make it into the final broadcast. Now viewers can see all of that and more, including: -The making of Ty's secret room for Consuela - an off-site office building from where she can operate her charity. -The Grinnan Family, who are also recipients of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," come to help paint the new office. The Grinnans, whose daughter received a heart transplant when she was an infant, are crusaders for heart disease research and treatment. -How another side of Paul is seen as he welds a hydraulic bed for one of the youngsters. -Michael and Constance clashing over the landscape designs. -How Paige makes some radical changes to an old truck with the help of a custom car restorer. The design team for this episode consists of team leader Ty Pennington and designers Paul DiMeo, Paige Hemmis, Tracy Hutson, Michael Moloney and Constance Ramos.moreless
  • Sears Family
    Sears Family
    Episode 3
    1/24/05
    7.2
    After a 17-year-old girl underwent chemotherapy for a rare genetic disorder, she was unable to return to her Martinez, California home because of the mold and allergens at her family's house. When "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" learned of her plight, the design team and hundreds of workers put in long days and nights so that Jhyrve Sears could come home. In February 2004, Jhyrve was diagnosed with the rare genetic disorder Krabbe Disease (pronounced Crab-ay), which is caused by an enzyme deficiency. Her only chance of survival was to receive a new treatment in which she'd be given a cord blood transplant at Duke University Hospital in North Carolina. So in March 2004, Jhyrve relocated cross-country with her mother, Karen, to start treatment. After undergoing rounds of chemotherapy and then receiving her cord blood transplant, Jhyrve has spent the last several months recovering and rebuilding her immune system. Although the transplant was successful, the doctors at Duke would not let her go home to California until the mold infestation that threatened her weakened immune system had been removed from the home. Jhyrve and her Mom have been living in North Carolina, paying rent at an apartment close to the hospital while still paying mortgage on their unoccupied house in California. Karen had to leave her job as a teacher's aid to be with her sick daughter. The financial stress put on the family has left no money to fix up their home, while the emotional stress of not knowing when or even if they will return home continues to taunt them. Meanwhile, near Oakland, California, Jhyrve's 14-year-old brother, Lucas Sears, missed his mother at his eighth grade graduation but understands that she must stay in North Carolina with his sister until the house is fixed. In the last year, Karen has spent a mere six weeks with her growing son. For Jhyrve too, the hardest part has been being away from her friends and her younger brother. The EM:HE team, contractors, workers and Pleasant Hill, California-based DeNova Homes were determined to meet the unique needs of the family, which included providing wheelchair access and improving the air quality by removing the mold and allergens in the Sears family's1200-square-foot, three-bedroom, 1-3/4 bath home. The design team for this episode of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" will feature team leader Ty Pennington, Constance Ramos, Michael Moloney, Paul DiMeo and Eduardo Xol.moreless
  • Anderson Family
    Anderson Family
    Episode 2
    1/17/05
    6.4
    Viewers will witness how the EMHE team spectacularly renovates the South Central Los Angeles home of the Anderson family. In March 2000, former college basketball player Rodney Anderson was mistaken for a gang member and shot in the back while visiting his family. Prior to their home makeover, Rodney was restricted to two rooms, which included the dining room that had been converted into his bedroom. Now, the lot has two houses, both of which are wheelchair accessible. One of the homes is for Rodney and his new bride, Monique, who were married in a ceremony during the "reveal." The other home on the lot is for Rodney's parents, Joe and Martha, his sister Glenda and her three children, Mellone, 19, Louis, 16 and 12-year-old Cordney. The process of their particular home makeover is the subject of this episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition: How'd They Do That? As with all of the intense remodeling projects the show undertakes, there is a great deal that goes on that does not make it into the final broadcast. Now viewers can see all of that and more, including: -What happens when, for the first time, the team does not complete the house on time -- and what held up the process. -A behind-the-scenes look at Rodney as he prepares for his wedding to his fiancée, Monique. -Designer Ed Sanders goes on a drive along with the LAPD gang unit. -The adrenalin rush and the different emotions the EMHE team experiences as they work to meet seemingly impossible deadlines. -A look into the making of the "secret room" that Ty will design and build for a family member -- in this case, Rodney and Monique's house.moreless
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  • Dore Family
    Dore Family
    Episode 1
    1/10/05
    7.9
    In the premiere episode, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition: How'd They Do That?, the process of their particular home makeover is the subject. As with all of the intense remodeling projects the show undertakes, there is a great deal that goes on that does not make it into the final broadcast. Now viewers can see all of that and more, including:

    -How the design team had to travel by boat and ATV to reach the Dore's remote property to surprise them with news that their home has been chosen to receive a makeover.

    -A look into the making of the "secret room" that Ty designs and builds for a family member -- in this case, a bed and breakfast area in a secret wing.

    -Michael Moloney's struggles to find home design materials in a remote location and Preston Sharp's visit to a local glass blower who is making a custom chandelier.

    -The adrenalin rush and the different emotions the EMHE team experiences as they work to meet seemingly impossible deadlines.
    -Ed Sanders, the new guy from the UK and his adventure trying to find a cup of English Tea.moreless
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