This is Paige Hemmis from Extreme Makeover. I spent most of the day shooting photographs at the Lansing, Michigan edition of Extreme Makeover yesterday.
I have somewhere around 150 photographs but need to figure out how to upload a few of them here and format them in a presentable fashion. I haven't spent a great deal of time uploading many photographs to this TypePad blog.
Here we have Rib Hillis. He is one of the designers on the show. In past shows he has created fairly incredible bedrooms for the children of the Extreme Makeover families.
He was sharing a few of his ideas for this particular bedroom, but seeing as the home isn't presented to the family yet, and this is a very public medium, I will keep his thoughts to myself and let him share them on the show.
Bob is doing an interview with the film crew of the show, and Karen is busy giving instructions with her cool communication system that the show provided to key individuals with my wife sneaking in the shot with her hard hat on.
I arrived at the house around 2:00 PM. At 7:00 AM there was only a foundation visible to this house. As you can see here the walls are up and the workers are busily putting the roof of the house together.
Inside the house was a great cacophony of hammers, saws, drills, footsteps on the wooden floors, and workers hollering instructions to one another in what seemed to be more like an ant farm, with all the movement, then a construction site.
I was amazed that so many people could occupy this space and yet work together in harmony.
It was truly a wonder to behold!
I peeked downstairs and, in the basement, I could see the heating/AC system with contractors busily installing those systems.
I don't know the exact number, but I would guess that there were as many as 100 men/women busily putting this house together.
Just as we were leaving, the skies opened up, and a tremendous rain storm poured down its fury on these poor souls. I felt sorry for the roofers as their work was not quite done. It rained so hard that driving home, we could only drive around 35 miles/hour.
All in all, this project was an incredible site to behold and I am very proud of my friends, Bob & Karen Schroeder for giving of themselves and their talents to this Extreme Makeover project. Certainly Lansing, Michigan could use a little positive shot in the arm right now as they struggle with this stubborn economy.
This crowd, and the whole Lansing area salute you for your efforts and your giving hearts!