Special Assignment: Extreme Home Makeover Edition Builds Home for Alabama Sextuplet Family
Feb. 8, 2005 12:45 p.m.
Surrounded by deputies, hired security and a dozen cameras, the hit show Extreme Makeover Home Edition took over a centerpoint neighborhood with one modest home in mind.
With a stretch limousine, Ty Pennington and the massive home makeover crew surprised Christopher and Diamond Harris and the family known as the sextuplets. They had been chosen for a makeover.
"This is is a family that just needs our help cause they need a little bit more room, they need for the kids to grow up nice and safe," show producers said.
Just last September the family got a terrifying wake-up when a tree crashed through their home, landing just feet from the children.
"Next thing you know the tree fell and everyone was screaming and hollering. It scared them a little bit," Harris said.
The Harris family, with the small children Alabama has watched grow, was not allowed to discuss the surprise or plans. Once the limo was loaded with car seats, the entire family was whisked off to Disney World for seven days to return to a new home.
"Let's just say we're going to be doing some things catering to each member of the family," show producer said.
But don't ask specifics, these professional designers really don't know yet.
"You just gotta think you know, uh, potty training so maybe a train of toilets, something like that," they said.
Extreme Makeover Home Edition designers say the centerpoint family stole their hearts but now it's time for business.
"There's a little bit of stress involved because of our time crunch, that's it, to know we have to do everything in 7 days," show producer said.