Ozarks Extreme Makeover Day 4: The Transformation

Jeremy Elwood, SBJ ReporterAmazing.

That’s the word volunteers at the site of ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” kept using when we talked to them today.

They’re amazed at the speed with which the home has seemingly sprung from the dirt. When I left the site at mid-afternoon Thursday, a few walls were up. By mid-afternoon today, the entire structure was in place, the roof had been shingled, windows and doors installed and exterior stone work was under way.

They’re amazed at the spirit of cooperation among the dozens of framers, drywallers, carpenters and other construction workers on the job site – many of whom work for companies that usually compete against each other for jobs.

And they’re amazed at the amount of work that can be done when people are really dedicated to the job at hand. Construction volunteer Carl Hawn said that after midnight last night, build organizers got tired of asking workers to come in and eat, so they finally had to bring food out to the workers.

These volunteers – anywhere from 700 to 1,000 at one time – come from all over the area, bringing all levels of job site experience. Hawn has worked for general contracting companies in the past and has experience with virtually every piece of heavy equipment on site. Carol Johnston doesn’t have any experience with heavy construction – but she answered the call for seamstresses. She met with designers today to discuss what needed to be done with fabric. Still others have no specific experience but are willing to do whatever it takes, from picking up rocks to fetching water.

The official schedule calls for the home to be completed, including all fixtures, appliances and furniture, by the end of the day Monday, in preparation for the big reveal Tuesday. But at this rate, Sam Clifton and the team from Millstone Custom Homes – along with the thousands of volunteers – may not even need that long.

Simply amazing.

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