ABC’s “Extreme Makeover” Racing to Finish New Home for Holt Family

ABC’s “Extreme Makeover” crew and Lansing area volunteers have less than four days to finish the makeover of a Holt home.

ABC’s “Extreme Makeover” renovates homes for families in need. The crew started work on the Tim and Arlene Nickless house on Sunday. Tim Nickless died in January of Hepatitis C, leaving behind his wife and three sons, ages 7, 9 and 11.

The entire “Extreme Makeover” team is building a 3,300 square foot home for the family. According to the project’s main contractor, Lansing-based Mayberry Homes, the 1860 farmhouse the family lived in had deteriorating walls, floors and foundation.

It generally takes less than 100 hours to build an “Extreme Makeover” home. Volunteers have been working on the house since Sept. 29 and need to finish it by Oct. 3. The home is located at 2376 Eifert in Holt.

Michigan State University (MSU) students and faculty are part of hundreds of volunteers working around the clock to finish the home. Students have created landscape designs for the family, helped with interior decorating and helped with construction.

“It’s a chance of a lifetime that the university, the faculty and the students can contribute and work with the community in this way with a venture that’s so huge,” says Pat Crawford, MSU professor in Landscape Architecture. “And the show is just what makes this possible. And it’s very rare that we get to participate with our professions. How often do you need a landscape architecture volunteer?”

Source: Michigan State University

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