Nation sees local home's makeover

Three months after the hammering ended, Charlotte's “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” project was revealed on the ABC series Sunday night.

Focusing on the King family of the Windsor Park neighborhood near Eastland Mall and their Step by Step home day care, “Extreme Makeover” chronicled the army of workers who raised the new 5,100-square-foot home and the community outpouring of donations.

Time-lapse photography made the house appear to build itself in seconds, but the construction went on around the clock for about 100 hours.

“You take care of a lot of people, but this week we're going to take care of you,” host Ty Pennington told Alisha King as the show unfolded.

King and her husband, Curtis, take care of children at all hours, sometimes on deferred payment plans, so their parents can work and earn a living.

They watched Sunday's show at their church, New Birth in University City, with friends and church members.

While the Kings were sent away to vacation in Puerto Rico in August, their 1,900-square-foot home in the 4200 block of Sudbury Road was demolished.

The house had been built in 1961 and had mold problems, which not only affected the safety of the children in the day care but endangered the Kings' daughter Laila, 7, who has asthma.

On Sunday's show, builder Rick Merlini of American Heartland homes remarked on the feel-good nature of helping those who deserve it.

“You have to wonder who gets rewarded more – the person giving or the person receiving,” he said.

Among the donations and gifts was a year's supply of food from Tyson Foods to the King family, the day care and families served at Step by Step.

Some of the day-care parents wept when Pennington announced the gift on the show.

Windows on the home have been covered with plastic so the interior would remain a secret until the show aired.

What viewers got to see was an open kitchen and living room on the first floor, with a dining area on the side.

Laila's room, designed by Didayer Snyder, was blazingly pink and decorated with purses the child likes.

Son Justin, 19, got a room full of sports memorabilia.

His brother Kirkland, 11, was given a bedroom that seemed like a science studio, with gadgets, an aquarium and a telescope.

Curtis King, an artist, received a second-floor art studio with a bent-wood frame designed by designer Ed Sanders. His pictures hang throughout the house.

But it was the day-care area that was the star of the show.

It includes a house within the house, a red stable-like area for children to play in, an aquarium, a refrigerator and a playground out back.