published Friday, February 18th, 2011

LIVE from the Extreme Home Makeover work site - February 18


by Andy Johns
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    Volunteers swarm around the Extreme Makeover:Home Edition construction site Friday, finalizing both the interior and exterior for the unveiling to the Sharrock family Saturday. Staff Photo by Patrick Smith

1:18 p.m.

Landscaping appears to be a point of emphasis for the afternoon.

Forklifts are bringing in loads of sod as workers bust up and arrange garden stones. About one third of the front yard is fully planted with grass, bushes and five small trees.

Earlier reports are below the blog portion.

12:38 p.m.

Volunteers have formed a line of about 45 people, passing bricks from a pallet in the street back to the retaining wall. As they pass the bricks, they are chanting "move those bricks! Move those bricks!"

The site has seen much more spectator traffic with a couple hundred onlookers, half-filling their designated area.

Officials provided a few more details about tomorrow's reveal. Staff expects as many as 3,000 people.

The reveal will take place some times between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., depending on filming. Spectators can arrive as early as 8:00 a.m.

10:10 a.m.

Lead builder Craig Smith said crews are "kind of back on schedule" at a 10:00 a.m. press conference. Overnight workers installed counter tops, plumbing fixtures, recessed lighting, heating and air conditioning and tile. He said it's amazing to see contractors who normally compete against each other working together. Today workers are installing appliances and touching up paint. Smith hopes to hand the keys over to the film crew late this afternoon.

"The little things are left," he said. "We are working with minutes, not days."

9:35 a.m.

Overnight crews poured the driveway, installed gutters, put a tin roof over the porch and continued work on the retaining wall to level the yard.

They also installed a few of the finer points in the project, including bushes, a stone path and at least one exterior light fixture.

The construction site is much quieter this morning because much of the work is going on inside. That's good news for builders because the National Weather Service forecasts a 20 percent chance of rain today.

A builders' press conference is set for 10:00 a.m. and more details will be available then.

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 ...

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