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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

'Makeover' home to be done Thursday; fundraiser today

BY DENISE NEIL
The Wichita Eagle

Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that a three-story house was being built and that spectators had to be at least 18 years old. The story has been corrected.

The house being built by the "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" crew for Carl Hall and family continued speeding toward completion on Monday.

The one-story ranch, which crews started building last Thursday afternoon on West Hollywood Court, is still on schedule to be finished by Thursday. The "Move That Bus" moment — when the family will see the new home for the first time — is scheduled for 3 p.m. Thursday.

As of Monday afternoon, the basement was mostly done, said lead builder Bob Cook of Derby's Bob Cook Homes.

The tile work, trim work and painting all were complete in the basement, he said.

Cook also expected to pour outdoor concrete Monday.

"We're getting there," he said. "We should be ready to start landscaping tomorrow."

Spectators of all ages are allowed in a designated area near the build site throughout the project. They're asked to park at Mel Hambelton Ford on West Kellogg, where they will be picked up and shuttled to the spectator area. The shuttle will run from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Thursday.

For more information or to find out how to volunteer, visit www.wichitaextreme.com.

Also, a fundraiser to help raise money for Hall and his family is scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Venue at Abode, 1330 E. Douglas.

The goal of the fundraiser is to raise money to help the family pay off its existing mortgage and other bills.

It will include live and silent auctions, food, drink and music. Tickets are $100 a person and also are available at www.wichitaextreme.com.

Reach Denise Neil at 316-268-6327 or at dneil@wichitaeagle.com.

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