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Extreme Makeover Home Edition: Dickinson Family Sneak Peek

January 17, 2011 12:00 PM by Candace Young


Ty Pennington is one busy guy. The Extreme Makeover Home Edition design team leader was recently splitting his time between a home makeover being completed for the Dickinson family of Beaufort, South Carolina, and another show project in Florida that was just wrapping up. Read on for details and a sneak peek at the Dickinson family episode…

As many Extreme Makeover Home Edition viewers already know, the design team often have builds on the go in two different locations which overlap. On January 7, the Hurston family of Cocoa, Florida learned they would receive a home makeover.  During that build, on January 10, the Dickinson family of South Carolina were the recipients of a design team door knock as well.

Marine Staff Sergeant Bill Dickinson was deployed to Afghanistan on November 5, but back home, his wife India and their five children are fighting what has been a losing battle to save their home which has mold and damage from flooding.  Simultaneously,  India volunteers with a military support group. The local military came out to help with this build.

Bill has been a member of the military for 17 years, and being currently stationed overseas, had been unable to do anything about the growing list of issues with their home, which not only included mold, but shoddy electrical wiring, an inadequate foundation, fire hazards, and flood-destroyed floors.  Contractors who had surveyed the home recommended that it be bulldozed – and now it has been.

Ty and Extreme Makeover Home Edition design team members Paul DiMeo, Xzibit, and Jillian Harris, along with builder H2 Builders Inc.,  planned to deliver a new home beyond the expectations of the Dickinson family, who enjoyed a vacation at Walt Disney World in Orlando while the project was undertaken.  Watch for the upcoming episode, Heroes at Home, to see the results.

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5 Responses to “Extreme Makeover Home Edition: Dickinson Family Sneak Peek”

  1. sunny and kevin Says:
    January 18th, 2011 at 10:46 am

    I am a mother of three i live in house the the has mold and faulty wiring and the wood foundation is eat up with tremites and my house has wood varnish on the walls this house i live in is a tragady waiting to happen my husband WAS in the navy for thriteen years and was also reserves for 5 but his be working with exxon for 7 year on min wage and i dont let my kids come here because i dont want them in this mess i dont work right now but i do live on st,helena island have for 31 years but now seeing this build take place for a family to lazy to fix there problems this is just another kick in the a*& for the civilans life ……like i said my husband was in the navy and he was in navel reserves he was at his reg job when he fell off a roof and broke his right wrist and dislocated his left and the navy let him go my husband crys at night because we need a new home and he is workin so hard to provide for us and he feel like he is less of a man now more than ever i was raised with a quote my meemaw told me (you cant help those who wont help themselves) we are well below poverty line on income and still we try to get help and there none there and it wears you down and we feel like there is now hop for us so why try

  2. Karen k Wilson Says:
    January 20th, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    Hi Ty An Crew I love your Show and Watch Every show you do an amazed at what you do for the people that really need your help im just like that but i hate asking for help i just bought my first home on land contract an it needs so much work it needs a new boiler system and windows and paint & etc but im disabled because i broke my back in an accident a few years ago an cant work or walk very well an now live on 700.00 a month and i barley make a living and trying to fix up my home and pay my mortage of 600.00 an my ulilities its hard on me , somedays i just feel like giving up cause its so hard living only on 700.00 a month an foodstamps of only 200.00.and no money to do anything eles an wishing i could do or have done what i see you guys do on your show to my home would be so awsome i have the land.please help me God Bless .if there a will there a way .

  3. bobiddy bob bob Says:
    January 20th, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    rofl jealous much

  4. Susan Says:
    February 7th, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    Sunny and Kevin-I saw your very same, copied-and-pasted comment on another page as well. Karen Wilson-what they do to a home would make it so absolutely unaffordable for you. On your income, it’s predetermined that you couldn’t even BE a homeowner. I’m sorry, and it’s harsh, but you do NOT have the income necessary to live alone without being in government housing. You need a roommate. There are churches that will pitch in, Habitat for Humanity might be able to help you, but long story short-if you neglected your home for YEARS, don’t expect the kindness of strangers to fix your mess. You need to contact your bank about HAMP. If your mortgage is 600., they can possibly reduce it, but you have to do the paperwork. I assume that you can do paperwork. How do you have internet, if you don’t mind me asking????

  5. Anna Says:
    April 11th, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    I can tell you that India, formerly India Stone is a professional reality show contestant. She was in the Trimspa reality contest. She tried out for Big Brother. She tried out for Deal or No Deal. She is not a nice person. She is a professional con and beauty pageant entrant. Any deserving family would deserve this but she is already on the hunt to be a apart of another contest. If you dont believe me contact Alex Goen of Trimspa or the producers of other shows. It’s true she is con artist who will take advantage of others for her gain.


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