Extreme Makeover: Home Edition-The Imbrianis 7/18/04
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition usually chooses someone for a home renovation after a family has applied for the show. This week someone was nominated by a family they have never even met. Nancy Agular was so grateful to the bone marrow donor who saved her daughter Esmarelda's life that she made a tape compelling Ty to find the person who made the life saving donation. He was able to do it and so we meet the Imbriani family . Brooke Imbriani is a single mother and bone marrow donator who lives in the same house with her mother(who was recently diagnosed with diabetes) and her two children. Since the diagnosis Brooke's sister and brother-in-law and their toddler decided to move in to help out and save some money for everyone. The design team was visible touched by Nancy's plea of help to find Brooke
Ty and the design team roll up to the house and totally surprise this well deserving family who had no clue a home makeover was possible. The family is informed that all seven of them will be going to the big island of Hawaii for the week as the house is remodeled. They are floored.
Assesing the damage
Ty and the team walk through the house to get an idea of what the family wants and what kind of work they have ahead of them. Room by room it gets worse and looks like it would be easier to just scrap the entire dwelling and start from scratch. The Imbriani family gives them the go-ahead for whatever they feel is best and head to the airport.
Ty takes a closer look at the structure of the house and makes a few phone calls to see what can be done. After calling everyone in the US to see if an entire house can be built in a week Ty finds someone in Canada who will deliver a kit house by the next day. Then he informs the design team that the existing house is history and the new one is on its way.
Bringin' down the house
A wrecking ball swings into action and strikes the first blow of demolition. The bulldozers finish the demolition by crushing the house like a box of toothpicks. Once the rubble is removed it is shocking to see Ty standing in the middle of and empty lot where the house used to be. Ty calls the Imbriani family and jokes about their furniture choices while blowing up an inflatable chair. Preston is then seen blowing up the Imbriani's dual recliner sofa via explosives in a remote location. All the family can do is shake their heads.
Pins and needles
The design team is a little antsy post demolition as the new house has yet to arrive. Time is ticking away and there is no house to build and design. The truck from Canada finally shows up with a load of timber that looks nothing like a house. The team and the contractors will have to put the house together like a puzzle as each piece is numbered with instructions on how they fit together. The pool and the garage are in before the house even takes shape.
The design team takes a break to give blood and see if they are able to donate marrow. Each of them explain how they are more than glad to give considering that lives could be saved. It really hits home what a gift Brooke has given and makes it easier to push on with the work.
Once the second floor is lifted up by crane and lashed to the first floor the structure looks more like a house. Ty is finding that shipping a house down from Canada was not such a good idea. Building codes in Canada and the US are just not the same and there is extra time and money being spent on bringing the house up to code before they can move on to designing the rooms. As a matter of fact they have to hire a general contractor to put in everything but the frame as that is all Peter from Canada was hired for. The team of construction workers envelope the half finished structure to make it look more like a home and bring it up to US code. Soon they find that it will not be so easy to get the tub into the upstairs bathroom. Finally one of the workers figures out a way and everyone is amazed that the tub actually made it to it's second floor destination.
The designers are banished by the contractors the day before the family is supposed to arrive home. They are not thrilled but fill their time by shopping for furniture and accessories.
Nancy Agular and her daughter Esmarelda show up to see the finishing touches to the house, but the house is running so far behind. The contractors are tired of the designers asking when the house will be released to them to decorate and Tony goes off on Tracy in a moment of anger. Early in the morning of the family's return Tony hands the keys over to Tracy and they resolve their tiff. Then the design team does what they do best.
The house is finished shortly before the limo rolls up to the house. The crowd cheers with excitement as the bus pulls away from the house and the Imbriani family sees their new house for the first time. The design team greets the family and then takes them on the tour of their life.
Right inside the front door is the living room with the family photo that rolls back to reveal a plasma tv built into the wall. After the living room is the huge kitchen decorated in red, white and black and a retro 50s feel; soda shop included.
Pam(Brooke's mother) sees her first floor master suite that is decorated in all her favorite colors and has it's own bath.
Next they head upstairs to the nursery that the baby and the toddler will share. It is all decorated in fun Winnie the Pooh and friends murals.
Trevor is the next to see his room with the Patriots décor and a football stadium mural taking up an entire wall. The carpet is astroturf. He is thrilled!
Brooke finally gets to see her room and is so surprised at how wonderful it looks with a walk-in-closet and a bathroom with an awesome shower.
Brooke's sister and brother in law are equally pleased with their accommodations. They are so happy that their kids will be growing up together in this house filled with love.
Now that they have seen the inside of their house, Ty is ready to show them the back yard. They have a hot tub and a pool with a cabana. They did a great job putting a fence up so that the kids will be safe. The patio has a wonderful design with lovely furniture to relax on.
After the backyard tour Ty introduces Nancy and Esmarelda to Brooke who gave the gift of life. Nancy is visibly overcome with gratitude for Nancy's courage in donating her bone marrow. Brooke is thrilled to meet Nancy and her daughter. Nancy thanks Extreme Makeover Home edition for helping her find Brooke. The entire Imbriani family is grateful for the new home.
And so ends this look at Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.