Home makeover shows provide viewers with the joy of watching the process of transformation in a grand yet relatable manner. All of us must have engaged ourselves in a lengthy bout of wishful thinking, imagining the perfect makeover for our home, at least once. HGTV’s revival of ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’ provides us with another opportunity to stroke such imaginative thoughts.
The series originally aired on ABC till 2012 when it was canceled. The show’s basic premise is this: a family is selected to have their home renovated significantly and sent away for a few days. The ‘Extreme Makeover’ team is tasked with redesigning the family’s house, in accordance with their needs, before the family’s scheduled return.
Apart from the joy of watching a house being transformed, ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’ provides viewers with something more heart-warming. The team scouts for families who have been known to give back to their communities generously, but face financial or other forms of constraints that limit their need for a home makeover. In this manner, the series ends up helping those in need in a charming way.
The HGTV show adds several tweaks to the original premise, with the most glaring change being the host. The carpenter-cum-model, Ty Pennington was the beloved host for the original ABC show. However, the HGTV revival sees the ‘Modern Family’ star Jesse Tyler Ferguson taking over the reins. Ferguson has no experience when it comes to carpentry, unlike Pennington. However, what he does possess is a loving and likable demeanor apart from a benevolent desire to help others. In fact, Fergusson’s lack of experience actually adds to the show’s appeal as the design team constantly jokes about it, in a well-intentioned way.
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Filming Locations
Many of you might be wondering where is ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’ filmed. The show travels to a new location every episode to take care of a single project. Because of such a premise, the show is filmed in a different location every episode, depending on where the family-of-the-week’s house is.
Bakersfield, Kern County, California
The first episode of HGTV’s ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’ sees Fergusson and the rest of the ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’ team travel to Bakersfield in Kern County, California. The family whose house they set out to makeover is the Mosley family.
Jessica Mosley is a mother who adopted three children who were bound to get stuck in the foster home system despite having two biological kids of her own. Unfortunately, her father, who was going to arrange for a loan to house the large family passed away in a car accident. Because of that, the Mosley family was forced to move into the three-bedroom house of Jessica’s mother. The ‘Extreme Makeover’ team helps the Mosley family by building a house that can accommodate its members.
In another episode of ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,’ the team heads to the city of Clovis in Fresno County, California. Here, they help the Reeder family by giving their house an extreme makeover. De Young Properties helped the production team with the makeover.
Nick Reeder, the head of the family is a firefighter with twin daughters, His wife, Amanda, unfortunately, passed away shortly after giving birth to the twins.
Have a look at the following video that depicts the lively atmosphere when the Reeders are shown their new house:
Apart from Clovis and Bakersfield, the ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’ team also traveled to other places to renovate the homes of deserving families. For instance, Fergusson and co. visited Odgen, Utah to help the Barobi family.
Exciting news! Ogden-Weber Technical College #YouthBuild has been asked to participate in Extreme Makeover Home Edition! Students will be tasked with assisting in the construction of the Barobi Family's new deck. How amazing is that?! pic.twitter.com/yv2S76MmDd
— YouthBuild USA (@YouthBuildUSA) August 12, 2019
Apart from that, other Instagram posts by host Jesse Tyler Fergusson reveal how the production team visited places like Hawthorne, Covina, Pomona and West Athens. Since all the places are in California, there is a possibility that there might be some overlap: that is, posts in different locations might have actually depicted pictures from the filming of the same episode.