Final Extreme Makeover Gives Joplin Residents a Fresh Start
January 13, 2012 | 1:15 pm CST

Final Extreme Makeover Gives Joplin Residents a Fresh StartANN ARBOR, MI -- To celebrate its 200th and final episode, ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition will reveal seven homes for seven families who lost theirs to the tornado that devastated the city of Joplin, Mo., last May. In what producers say is one of the largest projects ever undertaken by the reality show, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition­—along with thousands of volunteers—successfully re-built the houses in just seven days. The episode will air this Friday, Jan. 13, at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT on ABC.

"KraftMaid was proud to be a part of such a tremendous effort in Joplin," said Mark Ayers, vice president of brand marketing for KraftMaid. "Working with the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition design team, we were able to help ensure all the homes were different so the families who would live there had a unique space created just for them."

Each of the seven homes is designed to reflect a different American architectural style. From the Nevins family's hip, urban, eco-friendly cottage to the Nguyen family's traditional Arts & Crafts-style home, all feature KraftMaid cabinets in different door styles and finishes to complement the home.

"It was a challenge to bring seven different designs to life in Joplin for these homeowners," said Tracy Hutson, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition designer. "As a designer, I was excited to have so many cabinetry colors, finishes and styles to work with."

Springfield, MO-based Cabinetry Showcase by Ed Hines Co., KraftMaid's local dealer partner, coordinated the installation for each home.

A Partner From the Beginning

Final Extreme Makeover Gives Joplin Residents a Fresh StartKraftMaid Cabinetry has been a proud partner and the exclusive cabinetry provider to Extreme Makeover: Home Edition since the show's inception. In fact, KraftMaid is the only partner who has been present since the pilot episode. Throughout the award-winning show's history, each episode has featured KraftMaid cabinetry designed specifically for that family's needs and style.

Final Extreme Makeover Gives Joplin Residents a Fresh Start"KraftMaid's vision, design and ideas always worked well with our design team's," said Extreme Makeover: Home Edition designer, Michael Moloney. "From the very first episode to the last, KraftMaid helped us make every kitchen special, turning each house into a home."

Over the last nine seasons, KraftMaid has helped build spaces for more than 200 families across the country, which has resulted in some impressive statistics.

  • KraftMaid Cabinetry donated more than 14,000 cabinets; an average of 1,600 cabinets per season.
  • KraftMaid employees installed nearly 22,000 hardware knobs, pulls and handles.
  • Extreme Makeover: Home Edition designers have selected 110 different KraftMaid door styles.
  • The most popular wood species used in the homes are maple and cherry.
  • Ranging from light to dark, there have been more than 90 different KraftMaid finishes featured in the homes with the most popular being Dove White, Natural, Kaffe and Peppercorn.
  • Per episode, it takes more than 200 KraftMaid employees to manufacture and deliver the cabinetry to each home site.

For episode highlights and more information about the KraftMaid products featured in each episode, visit Facebook, Twitter and the KraftMaid by Design blog.

Source: KraftMaid Cabinetry

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