I do extreme makeovers every day and I try to make every home a dream home.
Being selected to rebuild a home that had burned down for ABC’s Extreme Makeover was a professional challenge and personal achievement for giving back to my community.
Leigh Overland, a Westport resident, was tapped in late June to serve as the Architect for the episode of Extreme Makeover that was filmed in Bridgeport, CT in late July of 2007. He then worked in secret creating the design that was unveiled completely for the first time when the show aired. “I was brought up to always know the value of giving” For a society to survive, it’s necessary for us to give back.
When asked to rebuild a family’s home, Leigh stated, “There was no question I’d be willing to design a new home, at no charge, for a deserving family. It was a true honor.”
A family’s home should provide the framework for a wonderful life. A home should make you feel comfortable when you walk through the door. It should be a safe haven, where it feels good, where you can relax, where the world is o.k.
As I watched the video of the family whose home had burned down, I could just imagine what they were feeling. “With each design I try to climb into my client’s world and into their hearts.
Recognizing the hundreds of contractors, workers and volunteers who gave willingly of their time, money and energy to rebuild the “Extreme Makeover” home, Leigh Overland commented, “This home was built by so many hands that I’m certain the Brown family will feel the strength and goodness in its walls for the rest of their lives.”
Plans for the house featured in ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition are available for purchase.
The layout and overall size of the house featured is just right for many American families, and he expects numerous viewers will want a version themselves” Call for details.