Work going ahead of schedule on 'Makeover' house in Quincy Township

November 10, 2008|By JENNIFER FITCH

SOUTH MOUNTAIN, Pa. -- Framers started working on the Drumm family's new house as the sun rose Monday morning over the "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" set in Quincy Township, Pa.

The project foreman reported being an hour and a half ahead of schedule, primarily thanks to chemical additives that cause concrete to harden quicker. As snowflakes fell sporadically on South Mountain, a half dozen men watched as the concrete dried for three hours starting at midnight.

The Drumms learned last Friday morning that they had been selected for the Emmy-award winning show on the ABC network. Dan Ryan Builders, of Frederick, Md., has 106 hours to complete construction so that the family can see the house Friday afternoon on their return from Walt Disney World.

On Sunday evening, volunteers started pouring the foundation of what will be the new house presented to Matthew and Blasia Drumm's family on Friday.


Crew members -- aided by a flame-throwing Megasaurus -- demolished the Drumms' tiny, dilapidated house Saturday night to make way for the new one.

"We started at about 10 or 11 (Sunday) morning after a setback last night. During demolition, we discovered a cistern that was previously unknown," said Joel Rensberger, production manager for Dan Ryan Builders.

The cistern filled the basement with 2,000 gallons of water. However, advance methods and chemicals associated with concrete pouring allowed the crews to be working an hour ahead of schedule.

Rensberger said that overnight Sunday, workers would finish pouring the walls, install basement plumbing, waterproof the walls, and prepare and pour the basement floor.

"By sunup, we should have the framers on the house," Rensberger said.

They will be working a 14-hour shift, he said.

The project will yield a 2,500-square-foot house, according to Art Miley, a Dan Ryan project manager from Shippensburg, Pa.

Rensberger expects 1,500 tradesmen to be working on the house through the week. He compared the coordination of scheduling to a ballet.

"There are so many men and women working together that you would expect confusion and chaos. (It's more like) 40 dancers on stage, but no one's touching each other," he said.

Dan Ryan Builders is serving as the lead contractor on the project. Representatives of the home builder joined the design team (Ty Pennington, Paul DiMeo, Eduardo Xol, John Littlefield and Didiayer Snyder) in sending the Drumms off to Walt Disney World last Friday afternoon.

The foundation crews from Northstar Foundations were using equipment donated by David H. Martin Excavating Inc.

Construction has been scheduled for just 106 hours at the Quincy Township property.

The episode, part of the show's sixth season, is scheduled to air in January 2009.

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