I’m not a regular watcher of Extreme Makeover Home Edition as it’s always seemed a bit emotionally manipulative. And as a girl who cries at Hallmark commercials, it can be a bit overwhelming. A friend of mine, on the other hand, watches regularly because it gives her a reason to have a good cry.
However, I’ll be sure to be watching this season for their just completed project in St. Louis. The homeowners – Dawn and Emmanuel Martirez – were high school sweethearts and, as it happens, high school friends with my great friend, and writing partner, Peg McGuire. As a matter of fact, Peg was with them the night they met. The Martirez’ are the parents of a young daughter, Elle, and 4-year old twins Evan and Alec, both of whom were born with genetic (yet different) diseases. Their small home was just not going to be able the handle the special needs of the boys as they grew. Dawn is a pediatric cancer nurse who now spends full time caring for her kids.
After a long vetting process, they got the early morning knock from Ty Pennington on September 3rd. After the family was wisked off to Disney, the work started with a knock down of their existing home.
And here is their tidy little Craftsman style house. I’m happy that the designers didn’t overwhelm the tight neighborhood with some huge thing. I’ve been hearing some of the inside scoop from Peg about what the house has – including an elevator so their son can move freely around from basement to first floor. Pretty cool.
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