Crews pull all-nighter to get Extreme home ready for reveal


by Brian Farrell

Posted on February 5, 2011 at 2:21 AM

Updated Saturday, Feb 5 at 3:42 PM

VIRGINIA BEACH -- Crews on Gentry Road go non-stop Friday through Saturday, working to make sure Beverly Hill, Fred Burdette, and their six children get to see their new house by Saturday afternoon.

Thousands of volunteers will have been part of the effort as Extreme Makeover: Home Edition wraps up its visit to the area this weekend.

"My mom is probably gonna pass out," says Bridget Ramos, one of Hill's adult daughters. "The girls, you know, they're teenagers and real dramatic any way, so when they see this house, it's gonna be, I think they're gonna pass out. It's amazing."

"I don't really know what to say about it, because there isn't anything like it," Brandol Lewis tells 13News.

The landscaper is among people volunteering services to get the Hill-Burdette home done. HIs family is among those watching the progress.

"I guess the best part is his son seeing his daddy out here doing this," April Lewis says. "It's crazy out here with all these people, but it's fun."

Mom Patricia Lewis adds, "It's a tremendous project. I think it's wonderful that they can help the family."

Inez Dildy Jackson, who lives in the neighborhood, stood across from the build site Friday night with her son.

"We're having a good time, just watching and enjoying people and looking," explains Dildy Jackson, whose granddaughter got an autographed helmet from EMHE designer Johnny Littlefield.

"It has been awesome, you know, it really shows me that Hampton Roads, we stick together," says Ramos, recognizing not only the outpouring of generosity that's been shown through the construction, but through the collection of food to help feed countless families in the area.

"The hundreds of thousands of pound of food that we've collected for, you know, Hampton Roads and beyond, it's unbelievable."