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'Makeover' home gets furnishing touches

November 14, 2008|By JENNIFER FITCH

SOUTH MOUNTAIN, Pa. -- Dozens of volunteers who lined up on the Drumm family's front walkway Thursday night unloaded $50,000 worth of furniture from a truck in mere minutes.

Chairs, tables, mirrors, lamps and even potted plants were carried into the 2,500-square-foot house built as part of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition."

Not far away was Dan Ryan, the home builder who enjoyed some downtime on what was his company's final day of construction.

"It's worked out better than I could've dreamed about," he said.

Matthew and Blasia Drumm and their three sons return from Walt Disney World today. In their absence, their old Quincy Township home was demolished and replaced with a four-bedroom house through ABC's Emmy award-winning show.

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"The scope of what is going on is overwhelming," said Michael Martin, president of Davids Furniture & Interiors. The company, which has been in Hagerstown since 1934, donated all of the furniture picked out by show representatives.

A store manager received the call from "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" last Wednesday. Representatives of the show photographed items in the Hagerstown and Harrisburg, Pa., stores and shared them with designer Eduardo Xol.

"He went through those and narrowed it down to what he wanted," Martin said.

Martin said smaller accessories become very important because they make a house seem more inviting.

"We're very excited to do this for the Drumm family," Martin said. "It's quite an honor for us."

"I'm seeing so many smiles this week," Ryan said.

Ryan called Thursday night's work a typical "punch list" of minor items. Township code officials already issued an occupancy permit.

"On the inside, we're just doing all the knickknacks," Ryan said.

An ambulance arrived at the site Thursday morning for a volunteer who slipped and fell. The ambulance was called as a precaution for the volunteer's minor injuries, Ryan said.

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