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Weyerhaeuser stars in "Extreme Makeover"

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One of ABC-TV’s latest projects for its home improvement reality show, “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” was closer to home for Weyerhaeuser.

The Federal Way-based company is the exclusive, nationwide provider of structural framing and decking products for the show, whose cast and crew were in the Port Orchard area last month to rebuild a home for a family there.

It was the popular show’s second venture in Weyerhaeuser’s home state. The first one also was in Kitsap County.

Weyerhaeuser’s involvement with ABC’s Emmy-nominated “Extreme” (it airs Sundays at 8 p.m.) “continues our commitment of giving back to the communities we live in and helping well-deserving families improve their quality of life. But this (Port Orchard) project has an extra-special meaning to us, being in our own backyard.” said Natasha Valach, the company’s marketing manager.

Each week, the TV series features families facing personal obstcacles and needing a total home overhaul. The work is completed in seven days. The show’s cast, including a design team, plus local contractors and neighbors renovate every room of houses, including the exterior and landscaping. Some of the orginal homes are torn down and replaced. At the conclusion of the show, the family returns from a week-long vacation to see their new home.

For the Port Orchard project, Weyerhaeuser’s building materials service centers throughout Washington supplied the builder, Howland Homes.

Sseveral Weyerhaeuser-made structural framing products were used, including TimberStand LSL. Used throughout the home, the laminated strand lumber products come in a wide array of options to provide numerous structural benefits. Timberstand materials are made from engineered lumber, so they won’t twist and shrink like ordinary lumber –– especially important for homes with walls over eight feet, such as in great rooms or entryways, company officials said.

Despite some uncooperative weather and exhausted workers, the new home for the Michael Kirkwood family in Burley, just south of Port Orchard, was finished in time for the Nov. 15 unveiling, the highlight of the show that’s taped for later broadcasts.

Roger Penner, president of Howland Homes, said delays in the project began the very first day, when quick-drying cement wasn’t as quick as had been hoped.

“It is formulated to dry in about two hours, but at a certain temperature,” Penner said. He explained that when the temperature dropped at least 10 degrees below what was expected, it delayed the drying time about five hours.

Then when rain and wind started, the downtime for workers began to really add up, Penner said.

“Some of the subcontractors, like the sheetrockers, had to wait 12 to 15 hours

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