SLAUGHTERVILLE, OK (KLTV) - The pressure is mounting in Slaughterville, Oklahoma, a small community just south of Norman. That is where a crew of builders and volunteers are working vigorously to welcome home a very deserving family for ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.
The reveal is scheduled for Sunday, but it hasn't come without it's challenges.
"This [build] has been particularly bad because of the snow and ice we've had," said Todd Booze with Ideal Homes. Just days before his crew broke ground, much of the ground was covered with more than 10 inches of snow and ice.
"The ground was so saturated, we lost the whole first night," said Booze.
"I got about three pairs of pants on, long underwear and five shirts, and muddy boots," said Mark Denney, a volunteer we met working the 6 p.m. to midnight shift.
But even through the muck and mire, the build, like the show, must go on.
Denney said he couldn't wait to help masons set stone around the chimney.
"I didn't want to leave and look cleaner than when I got here," he said.
More than 400 helpers were on hand Thursday night, and hundreds more arrived the next day - just in time for the project's first day of sunlight.
"I'm so happy to see the sun," said Christie Morrow, the landscape designer.
LaReeca Herndon said she brought her own electric screwdriver.
'In case I need to put switch plates on," she said. "I can do that!"
Many of the volunteers hone their construction skills on-site. But an extreme build is anything but typical.
"I think we all take something from it, and we all enjoy giving our time," said Brandi Shumway, a massage therapist who was volunteering her skills. She said what better way to help tired muscles keep working.
Many South Central Oklahoma extreme builders had tons of advice for potential extreme East Texans:
"Buy some mud boots," said Herndon.
"Dress for the weather, and stay hydrated," advised Morrow.
And Courtney Green said don't be shy.
"If you want to get dirty, put yourself out there, make it known you want to work, and they'll give you a job to do," she said.
"You gotta keep a smile on your face and stay positive for these guys out here because there's a lot of stress out on the site," said Booze.
You don't get a lot of sleep on-site, either. But that's why Shumway was there--a quick massage can be the fastest way to a power nap.
"A guy we massaged, yesterday, had 30 minutes of sleep in two days, so he was asleep in about 30 seconds," said Shumway.
"It's a wonderful experience and I think you're really lucky that it's coming to East Texas," said Green.
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