SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — What comes down must go up. Now that “Extreme Makeover Home Edition” has knocked down the Walker home on Northampton Avenue in Springfield, there’s no turning back.
It’s usually a lot quicker to knock down a house than to rebuild it, but not that much quicker when it’s “Extreme Makeover”.
In less than two hours time, the Walker family’s home went from a home to a pile of rubble – tearing down, not just a house, but scrawled bullying messages, like those 11-year-old Carl Walker-Hoover might have heard before his suicide in 2009.
“Extreme Makeover” carpenter and co-host Johnny Littlefield says the average re-build happens in just 105 hours, which is good because the Walkers will be back from Hollywood before long, hopefully to a much happier future.
“This week, the secondary thing is, they’re getting a house, because the tragedy happened in their old home and there were so many problems with the old house. We cannot only erase that house, we can erase those memories,” says Littlefield.
Littlefield tells us that the place will look like an ant hill with all the workers building simultaneously in the coming days.
Builder Nick Riley says the toughest part of it all will be the framing, but thanks to some super-fast work so far, he’ll have a clean slate in a matter of just hours.
Also of note, the Heritage Baptist Church is collecting food donations to fill the Walkers’ new kitchen. You can drop off any food item, including perishables, at the church, at 640 Plumtree Road in Springfield Thursday from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
For information, call Sue Jensen at (413) 896-7267.