Design crew takes over Extreme Makeover home; project in final hours


by Gene Kang

Posted on October 27, 2010 at 3:36 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 7 at 8:00 PM

Louisville, Ky. (WHAS11) - ABC’s Extreme Makeover Show has only four days to build the Lampe Family home.

WHAS 11’s Gene Kang took a closer look at how the show’s design crew took over after Elite Homes and thousands of volunteers helped build the huge house and gym.

Time is running out as the crew hands over the build to the design team. A lot of work to be done but as they say, they’re excited as well.

Its crunch time and celebrities like Paige Hemmis came out in full force.

Now, it’s their turn to takeover and design the Extreme Makeover Home in Fairdale and they only have 24 hours.

 “The things that worried the family, we’ve taken that all away. Our job is as soon as we get it from the builder is to make these kids’ dreams come true,” said Extreme Makeover Designer Paige Hemmis.

The Lampe’s old house, filled with mold and mildew, was demolished over the weekend.
Jeff and Shelley gave everything to their six children, even postponing their own medical attention.
It is a touching story to Kathryn Davis, who is a big fan of the hit ABC show and a mother herself.

“I have three kids; he’s got two so we’ve got quite a bit on our plate. I’m a disabled veteran. If I can help out and help another family that really needs it I’ll volunteer whatever I can do,” said Davis.

Rocky Pusateri with Elite Homes orchestrated what he calls "organized chaos"; thousands of volunteers installing siding and wrapping up the build on deadline.
While TV crews capture the excitement, Rita Lampe’s 6th grade St. James Academy class cheers them all on.

 “I kind of want to be in the front row just to see them; I wanted to shake their hands. I haven’t gotten to see her all week so I’m pretty happy for this,” said Classmate Jane Brenner.

Classmates say Rita Lampe loves horses but the crew couldn’t confirm that’s how her room will be designed.
The big reveal is Thursday afternoon from 2pm to 5pm.

Everyone is invited to join in all the excitement and welcome the Lampe family to their new home.