If you were watching TV last night, we all got our first glimpse into the Chapin home, which was rebuilt this last fall by the Extreme Makeover Home Edition crew. If you didn’t catch the show you can watch it now, streaming online courtesy of ABC, or you can take a gander at a few snapshots of the interior on the Seattle Times.
Upon broadcast, the interior of the home was unveiled, and we saw the shiny new stainless steel appliances, the custom-monogrammed pool, and the spectacularly decorated interior, complete with large screen TV/monitor and hanging kayak in the kids’ bedrooms. However, the most significant, tear-jerking updates included removal of the asbestos ceiling and floor coverings, along with the nerve-wracking moving structural support beams.
The 8-day transformation of a 100 year old Kirkland disaster into a shiny, new 3,500 sq. ft. masterpiece that anybody would be envious of, is absolutely mind-boggling, though it also represents a wonderful example of a caring, supportive community, from which many volunteers contributed many hours to this project.
If you’ve got some free time, this episode is definitely worth a watch. As for me, I’m happy to see a local family benefit from this project, but I believe the Chapin’s old worries aren’t gone. They will just now be replaced by new ones–higher property taxes, higher utility costs, and higher upkeep costs.