Simpsons arrive at new Extreme Makeover home

Simpsons' home after
Simpsons' home after
Simpsons' home before
Simpsons' home before

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) – The Extreme Makeover: Home Edition bus has moved and the Simpson family just got the first glimpse of their brand-new home Thursday afternoon.

The Extreme Makeover crew and hundreds of volunteers were hard at work all week long to finish the more than 3,000-square foot home in time.

By 8 a.m. Thursday, a crowd of spectators began to gather to find the perfect spot to see the big reveal. Among those to welcome the family back home was Olympic snowboarder Shaun White and Paula Deen.

On Thursday morning, construction crews were still on site putting the final touches to the exterior of the home. Volunteers were painting the patio, laying grass in the yard and prepping the pool.

Carmen and Jim Simpson and their three children of 3905 Abercorn St. were picked Nov. 12 for the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Savannah.

The Simpsons were having breakfast at Deen's Lady and Sons last Friday when Extreme Makeover: Home Edition design team leader Ty Pennington and his team of designers burst out of the kitchen to announce that they had been chosen as the next recipients of a full home makeover.

Their 2-year-old son Zoë was born prematurely with a usually fatal condition as well as detached retinas that guaranteed blindness. The Simpson family also includes Isaac, 8, and 4-year-old Katelyn.

While their house at 3905 Abercorn St. was rebuilt inside and out, the family vacationed in the Bahamas with Disney Cruise Line.

Pennington and designers Paul DiMeo, Tracy Hutson, Ed Sanders, Savannah builder J.T. Turner Construction and hundreds of volunteers worked to rebuild their home.

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