Preview This Season of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
Go behind-the-scenes to experience the raw emotion, energy, and enthusiasm that this show brings to families and communities across the country.
Meet the Holtzclaw Family
Emily and Jeff Holtzclaw live with their three daughters in Covina, California. They had big plans for their ranch home, but everything was put on hold two years ago when Jeff was involved in a motorcycle accident. Doctors had to amputate his leg, changing Jeff’s and his family’s lives forever. Despite the struggles he faces living in a home where nothing is ADA compliant, Jeff continues to be a hero to his family and the students he teaches at a nearby high school.
A Warm Welcome
The Covina, California, community pulled out all of the stops for host Jesse Tyler Ferguson and designers Carrie Locklyn, Breegan Jane and Darren Keefe. The Extreme team was welcomed by a full marching band, large numbers of volunteers and members of Bohler Builders Group.
The Holtzclaw Home, Before
The Holtzclaws' home was in desperate need of repair when the Extreme Makeover team pulled up. Projects Jeff Holtzclaw started prior to his accident still sat unfinished in several rooms. The house was far from accessible for Jeff, who was unable to fit comfortably through doorways and hallways when using his wheelchair. Not to mention, there were a surprising number of level changes for a ranch-style home, complicating things even further for Jeff.
Let the Demo Begin
Host Jesse Tyler Ferguson assists designer Darren Keefe with demo on the exterior of the Holtzclaw home on Day 2 of the renovation. Team Darren is tasked with designing the exterior and 3-year-old Emma Holtzclaw’s bedroom.
David in the House!
David Bromstad of HGTV’s My Lottery Dream Home surprises the Holtzclaw family during their video chat check in with the design team.
Work Hard, Play Hard
Designers Carrie Locklyn and Breegan Jane take a break from renovating the Holtzclaw home to play a childhood hand-clapping game. Special guest David Bromstad looks on and prepares to get in on the fun.
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A day before "Move That Bus!" day, host Jesse Tyler Ferguson brings in an extra pair of helping hands that just so happen to belong to two-time GRAMMY Award winner LeAnn Rimes!
Special guest star LeAnn Rimes and host Jesse Tyler Ferguson laugh with My Lottery Dream Home’s David Bromstad after sneaking up on him during an interview. Watch the adorable moment on Instagram.
Designer Darren Keefe initially saved the original door frames that marked all three of the Holtzclaw girls’ heights. Not wanting to put old door frames back into a brand new home, Darren and special guest star LeAnn Rimes find a creative solution.
The design team took a very neutral approach to the Holtzclaws’ new home. To add some color, they asked My Lottery Dream Home’s David Bromstad to create a custom painting to hang in the new, open-concept living area. Keeping color psychology in mind, David uses muted blues, purples and greens to create a nondescript landscape painting.
The Holtzclaw daughters lead the way into their updated home for the very first time. The 4-bedroom, 2,500-square-foot home now has an open floorplan and is equipped with ramps, handlebars, doorways and hallways that are wheelchair accessible.
The Holtzclaws’ updated ranch is not only ADA-friendly but also completely charming. The new exterior includes a wider front pathway, new brick façade and a picket fence so the girls can play freely and safely on the front lawn.
Meet the Barobi Family
After coming to the United States as refugees, Ashraf Kambare, his sisters Azida and Habiba, his aunt Anifah Barobi and his cousin Zulufa never could have predicted this surprise of a lifetime. The family is overwhelmed with emotion upon learning they’ve been chosen to receive a new home.
The Barobis' Home, Before
The Barobi family was living in a 3-bedroom, 1-bath basement apartment when the HGTV Extreme team pulled up. From squeezing around a coffee table in the living room to crawling under the kitchen table to get to a chair, it was safe to say the Barobis' current home was too tight for the five of them.
The Ogden, Utah, community showed up in massive numbers to support the Barobi family. Host Jesse Tyler Ferguson leads the way along with designers Carrie Locklyn, Darren Keefe and Breegan Jane. Directly behind them are members of the Wadman Corporation, who stepped up to help give the Barobis their dream home.
Good Morning, Barobi Family!
Ashraf Kambare leads the sprint towards Jesse and the volunteers after being greeted by hundreds of volunteers. “Just watching the emotion rush over Ashraf was unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. I could tell how grateful he was that we were there,” said Ferguson.
From the Ground Up
No demo is required for a brand-new build! Instead, teams worked around the clock to put together a beautiful, modern tropical home on a piece of land that was donated to the Barobis. Host Jesse Tyler Ferguson surveys the construction progress from a cherry picker with a member of the Wadman Coporation.
Special Guest: Tamara Day!
Designer Carrie Locklyn and her team of volunteers cheer as they welcome special guest star Tamara Day of HGTV’s Bargain Mansions. Together, Tamara and Carrie selected the perfect wallpapers for each of the Barobi women’s bedrooms.
Dining Room Discussions
Designers Breegan Jane and Carrie Locklyn discuss lighting placement while volunteers finish up wallpapering the dining room. With a ton of restaurant design under her belt, Breegan opted for restaurant-style seating in the dining area.
Darren's Special Project
Designer and carpenter Darren Keefe works on a vertical garden for Ashraf Kambare, who used to enjoy gardening with his father in the Congo. The house sits on a narrow lot, so he built a vertical garden that hangs on the side of the house and maximizes the space.
Special guest Tamara Day shows host Jesse Tyler Ferguson how to create the look of tile on stair risers with peel and stick wallpaper. The design team opted for bold patterns throughout the Barobi home.
All Aboard the Bus
Jesse and the Barobi family ride aboard the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition bus. The air fills with excitement as the family realizes they are minutes away from seeing their new home.
Doors to a Forever Home
Because of the Barobi family’s love of the beach and color, the Extreme team built them a modern tropical home complete with a double front porch, perfect for indoor-outdoor living.
Ashraf Kambare leads his family into their new home for the very first time. The 6-bedroom, 2.25-bath house is a net-zero home, meaning there are no energy costs associated with it.
Meet the Mosley Family
Still grieving loss while celebrating new opportunities, the Mosley family from Bakersfield, California is moved to tears upon seeing their new home. Jessica Mosley is the mother of five children.
The Mosley's Home, Before
It was shortly after Jessica Mosley adopted three siblings that she suffered the sudden and unexpected loss of her father. Her loss escalated when the VA loan he obtained to help the family purchase their home was unable to transfer to Jessica's name. She and her children moved back to live with her mom, Pam, and had to learn how to co-exist in a 1,415 square foot home in Kern County, California.
Marching to Visit the Family
The Kern County community joined together to help the Mosley family. Host Jesse Tyler Ferguson leads the charge, joined by designers Darren Keefe, Carrie Locklyn, and Breegan Jane, local builder John Balfanz Homes and hundreds of volunteers who committed to helping during the 5-day build in Bakersfield, California.
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Upon surprising the family at their home, host Jesse Tyler Ferguson greets and welcomes the Mosley Family. The family is overjoyed and excited by the number of volunteers and designers who arrived to show their support.
Get Ready for Demo
After the home is cleared out on Day 1, host Jesse Tyler Ferguson gets ready for demolition by marking walls that the excavators will target.
Darren's Ready for This
Designer Darren Keefe gets ready for demolition at the Mosleys' old home.
Leveling the Mosleys' Home
Dual excavators are put to work, simultaneously working to knock down and clear out the Mosleys' old home. Builder Greg Balfanz of John Balfanz homes and host Jesse Tyler Ferguson supervise as the demo takes place on Day 1.
Volunteers Bring the Cheer
Carrie Locklyn brings enthusiasm to the build at the construction site. Hundreds of volunteers from Kern County showed up to help give back to the Mosley family.
The Design Team Collaborates
The designers take time to review plans with groups of volunteers. Being coordinated and understanding the architectural and design needs makes it possible for a new home to be built in only five days.
Secret, Custom Projects for the Family
Breegan Jane works on a special design project for Jessica Mosley and her mom, Pam. She wants to give them a relaxing outdoor space that they can each enjoy.
A Memorable Outdoor Retreat
Still in progress, Breegan Jane's hanging daybeds will bring extra lounge space for the Mosley family in their new backyard.
The Special Guest Arrives!
Special guest Chef Tyler Florence of the Food Network's The Great Food Truck Race joins the Extreme Makeover team to help design and build the Mosley family's new kitchen.
A Double Take for Double Islands
Designer Breegan Jane and special guest Chef Tyler Florence collaborated to create a special kitchen for the Mosley family. The family often cooks for the community to give back, so the duo looked to create a commercial-style kitchen in the residential home. Not only would it give them more space, but it would be outfitted with smart technology to help them efficiently work.
During construction, the Mosley family had an opportunity to speak with the community and share their gratitude. Volunteers also shared their stories of appreciation, and offered emotional support to the family who continues to heal after the loss of their patriarch.
Move That Bus!
At the end of the 5-day build, the Extreme Makeover bus brings the Mosley family back home. Host Jesse Tyler Ferguson, the team of designers, and a huge crowd of neighbors, volunteers and well-wishers cheer as the family sees their new house for the first time.
The First Peek
The Mosley children are the first to enter their new home, immediately expressing emotion and joy for this new space where their family can finally settle.
A Space for the Teens
The team surprises the Mosley family by designing the entire upstairs floor as a suite for the five children. At last, each of the kids has their own space to sleep, store belongings and grow. A special lounge area joins the bedrooms to give the siblings a space to establish more independence.
A Boutique-Like Closet
The walk-in closet that Carrie Locklyn designed for the four sisters radiates good energy. Bright colors and space-efficient storage details make the room feel more like a cozy boutique.
Don’t miss Extreme Makeover: Home Edition when it airs starting Sunday, February 16 at 9|8c.