Hagerstown architect designed Pa. 'Makeover' home with family in mind

November 13, 2008|By JENNIFER FITCH

HAGERSTOWN -- The Hagerstown architect who designed the "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" house being built this week said he considered the Quincy Township, Pa., family's needs and surrounding community when planning for the two-story home.

Frank J. Lolli Jr. described the final product as a "modern, but rustic" house, with exposed beams and a rock wall inside to match the exterior. The ABC show gave Lolli less than three weeks to design the house and Dan Ryan Builders just 106 hours to build it for the Drumm family.

"I had seen the show and was familiar with it, so it was exciting for me," Lolli said.

Lolli, of Design Concepts, joined a television production company director and Dan Ryan Builders representative in overhauling the interior design of an existing model home's plans. He laid out four bedrooms, three bathrooms and a home office in 2,500 square feet.

"One of the bedrooms on the first floor was specifically designed ... to be handicapped-accessible," Lolli said, saying that Blasia Drumm someday can use it to care for more special-needs children.


So secretive was the planning effort that Lolli for weeks only referred to it as "Project 613." He saw a taped interview with the family, but only learned their names from last Saturday's newspaper.

"It was a need-to-know basis," he said.

On Wednesday, Lolli traced his finger over plans to show that the Drumms' old, dilapidated house was the size of the new living room and dining room. A 34-foot deck now stretches across the back of the house.

"It's not an ostentatious house," Lolli said. "It struck me that the family was a very down-to-earth family."

The front door opens into a family room, which will have a wood-burning fireplace. The dining room is immediately adjacent, and a breezeway connects the main living area to the office and two-car garage.

"For them to see what this is and how it will suit their needs, I think they're going to be blown away," said Lolli, whose main client has been Dan Ryan Builders for the past five years.

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