published Thursday, February 17th, 2011

LIVE from the Extreme Home Makeover work site


by Andy Johns
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    Executive producer Brady Connell speaks about what is involved in creating Extreme Makeover Home Edition while in front of the camera department's mascot during the fifth day of filming in Rossville, GA. Staff photo by Dan Henry.

Follow LIVE blog coverage from the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition work site for photos and updates from the scene:

12:21 a.m.

Helena Schneider said Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is the only show her 7-year-old son Alex has ever loved and said the reception has been "indescribable."

"It's so exciting to see so many people so excited to see us.'

The Schneider family, who hale from Canada, held a brief press conference before meeting celebrity designer Eduardo Sol.

"We thought you guys were just make believe but you're real," said Alex's mom as she grabbed Sol's arm.

Alex and his family will be working with spectators at the Smile Card station, making cards for children in area hospitals.

12:07 a.m.

This afternoon a black limo rolled onto the street carrying 7-year-old Alex Schneider, who has Salla disease and is part of the Make-A-Wish foundation.

Schneider watches the show every Sunday and said his wish was to help with one of the builds. Salla disease causes a build up of acid in the bloodstream and though he will not be aloud in the construction area the crew has a side project for him.

He arrived with his parents and was met by some of the builders, two lines of blue shirted volunteers and celebrity designer Xzibit. "Make some noise", Xzibit yelled, starting a roar from the volunteers that turned into a chant of "Alex! Alex! Alex!"

10:40 a.m.

Crews catching up on Makeover build

Lead builder Craig Smith said workers overnight made a lot of progress and the flurry of activity continued this morning. He said workers would be installing counter tops and painting interior rooms today.

Volunteers were seen bringing in two wall panels with words like "pow" written in comic book script sticking with the super hero theme of the build.

Smith remained confident the form of workers could get the job done by Friday's deadline. "I'm surprised you can't see the blue shirts coming through the doors and windows because there are a bunch of volunteers in there" he said of the house.

9:26 a.m.

Crews worked overnight to install mocha tan and chocolate-colored stone all over the front of the house at the center of the Extreme Makeover build.

The roof and chimney appear finished and workers were touching up the stone work around 9:15 a.m.

Read the story so far here.

about Andy Johns...

Andy began working at the Times Free Press in July 2008 as a general assignment reporter before focusing on Northwest Georgia and Georgia politics in May of 2009. Before coming to the Times Free Press, Andy worked for the Anniston Star, the Rome News Tribune and the Campus Carrier at Berry College, where he graduated with a communications degree in 2006. He is pursuing a master’s degree in business administration at the University of Tennessee ...

about Harrison Keely...

Harrison Keely is an online breaking news producer for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. He also anchors the daily newscast. He joined the Times Free Press as a reporter in 2010. He previously served as managing editor of the Smoky Mountain Sentinel in western North Carolina and as a business reporter for the Washington Times in Washington, D.C. He graduated from Lee University in 2009 where he served as managing editor of the student news ...

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