Extreme Makeover currently building a house in Wisconsin

After yesterday’s post about the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition web site that chronicled the construction of the home in Alaska, two kind souls e.mailed URLs of similar web sites for other houses being built by the show. Apparently, it’s all the rage these days for the construction company working on the show to use the web to solicit volunteers, share information, and, of course, give themselves some additional free advertising.

One site documents the construction of a home last month for the Thibodeau Family in Brookings County, South Dakota. The other is slightly more current, as it focuses on the construction of a home for the Koepke Family in Dundee, Wisc., which is happening right now. The local newspaper, the Fond du Lac Reporter, is also covering the build, reporting on, among other things, rain that affected the work site on Monday.

On the construction company’s site, a countdown shows the house will be revealed in just over two days as of right now, and the site also is soliciting volunteers. There are also rules for spectators. Among other things, those rules insist that you

“Please DO NOT ask the cast for autographs. Everyone is working very hard and it is important to respect and uphold a professional work environment.”

Everyone except for Ty, that is. Someone has to run around and scream and get in everyone’s way, or else who would watch the TV show?

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition – Wisconsin! [Monarch Homes]
Thibodeau Family Fund Teary, Cheery Welcome Homefor Thibodeau Family [Signature Homes]

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.