“Move that bus!” These are the words residents of Fayetteville/Cumberland County will soon be hearing.

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, the popular Emmy Award-winning ABC Television reality show, is bringing their famous bus to Fayetteville to surprise one very07-06-11-extreme-home-makeover-lolog.jpg lucky local family with a complete home rebuild. Along with host Ty Pennington and the rest of the Extreme team, local volunteers and builder Blue Ridge Log Cabins will race against time to construct an entire house for a deserving family.

Fayetteville Mayor Tony Chavonne helped make the announcement at a press conference hosted by the builder earlier today in Fayetteville.

“It’s an honor that a family from Fayetteville has been chosen to receive the home of their dreams, courtesy of the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition team and Blue Ridge Log Cabins,” said Mayor Chavonne. “We have been presented with a great opportunity for our citizens to join together to help one of our own and show the world that Fayetteville truly is America’s Hometown.” 

Log homes are rare on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, and log homes built through a fully modular process have been unheard of ... until now. Blue Ridge Log Cabins, an 18-year-old company, has built more than 980 log homes throughout the nation and more than 500 in North Carolina.

“We couldn’t be happier to work alongside this fantastic community, and we hope everyone will turn out and join us in building an extraordinary home for this deserving family,” said Blue Ridge Log Cabins President and CEO Chip Smith.

The theme for the build, “Heroes, Hearts and Hard Hats,” was selected in honor of the patriotic pride and community spirit of America’s Hometown. Fayetteville’s heroes are being asked to come forward and participate in the seven-day, televised construction project. Community members, volunteers, leaders, craftsmen and business owners are all welcome.

While behind-the-scenes planning is taking place at warp speed, the name of the family and the exact location of the home will not be released until Thursday, July 14 when the design team and a crew of volunteers surprise the lucky family with their well-known, “Good Morning!” wake up call. Five families in the Fayetteville area are being considered as finalists.

If you want to participate in the project, here are some dates you will need to keep in mind. A community pep rally is slated for Thursday, July 7 from 5-7 p.m. at the Crown Coliseum.

On Thursday, July 15, the lucky family will be notified at 8 a.m. with a megaphone shout-out from the Extreme team.

Just one-week later, on Thursday, July 21, the completed house will be revealed and those famous words, “Bus Driver, Move That Bus!” will ring throughout Fayetteville.

To find out how you can get involved, visit or

Photo below: The cast of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition will make a local Fayetteville family’s dream come true this month.


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