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Television Overview | ABC’s Extreme Makeover Home Edition


ABC’s hit series, Extreme Makeover Home Edition first aired in December 2003. Each episode features one family that has faced some sort of recent or ongoing hardship – such as a natural disaster or a family member with a life-threatening illness. The show’s producers coordinate with a local construction contractor, which then coordinates with various companies in the building trades for a makeover of the family’s home. That includes interior, exterior and landscaping – all which is performed in merely seven days while the family is documented on vacation (paid for by the show’s producers). If the house is beyond repair, they replace it entirely. All materials and labor are donated. Many skilled and unskilled volunteers assist in the rapid construction of the house.

EM:HE is considered a spin off of Extreme Makeover, an earlier series providing personal makeovers (often including plastic surgery) to selected individuals. This show displays extreme changes to help recreate someone’s space. However, the format differs considerably; in the original Extreme Makeover, participants were not necessarily chosen based on any recent hardship, whereas the family’s back story is an important component of Home Edition. EM:HE also has similarities to other home renovation series such as Trading Spaces, on which Ty Pennington was previously a key personality.

The series is produced by Endemol USA (the people behind Big Brother, Fear Factor, Deal or No Deal, and other reality shows) in association with Disney – ABC Television Group’s Greengrass Television.

When Barn Light Electric got asked to participate, there was no doubt that we would be on board. Since late 2009, Barn Light has donated lighting for three lucky families: The Hill Family, The Creasey Family, and the Williams Family. Each home takes on its own theme and is built to suit the specific family’s tastes – from sports themes, to Paris themed bedrooms, to a modern country farmhouse. Products used in these episodes include:

Barn Light Warehouse Pendant with Red Wire Cage
Wall Mount Commercial Fan
All Weather Gooseneck Farm Light Wall Mount
Angle Shade Sign Light
Industrial Furniture: Factory Cart
The Braddock Gooseneck
The Original Warehouse Shade
8″ Radial Wave Sconce
14″ Radial Wave Vent Pendant
+ more!

Barn Light Electric has participated in the following episodes:

Hill Family

Creasey Family

Williams Family

To visit the official Extreme Makeover Home Edition website, visit


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