Lutz Family - Advanced Restoration Corporation
On Sunday, June 20, 2010, the Lutz family of East Setauket, New York, thought they had simply been invited to attend an afternoon baseball game between the Yankees and the New York Mets. In its place, they were surprised to find out they would be the latest recipients of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” via the Jumbotron screen at Yankee Stadium. Instead of design team leader Ty Pennington’s traditional morning wake up call to a deserving family, he stormed the field and announced the good news right before the game.
Adding to the excitement of both the spectators and family alike, was the appearance of several New York Yankees baseball players who were there to give encouragement and support. Also, hundreds of volunteer workers, clad in the now- iconic “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” blue shirts, ran out from the dugout to join the Lutz family, Ty and fellow designers on the baseball field.
Unable to have children of their own, loving couple Grace and John Lutz gave their hearts to 18 adopted kids in all, including seven with Down Syndrome. After the couple passed away, their daughter, Kathleen, gave up her career and gladly came home to take care of six siblings who currently range in age from 20 to 25 years old. Everyone agreed that putting the kids in a group home or institution was not an option. It was a good plan, until Kathleen suddenly and unexpectedly had a grand mal seizure, and was diagnosed with inoperable cancer. Her brother, John Jr., was next at bat, sacrificing his successful career as a gymnastics coach to move home and care for his sister and siblings. Kathleen’s health is now stabilized and both brother and sister care for their family as a team.
The crumbling condition of the Lutz's 40-year-old home became a concern. The electrical was unsafe, water leaked everywhere and there was mold and rotting wood.
Everybody in town loves this charming family and pitched in along with Advanced Restoration Corporation of West Babylon, NY and the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition team to help them. Advanced Restoration Corporation assisted by providing drying and cleaning services, including dehumidification and round-the-clock monitoring and labor, to expedite the drying of the drywall, primer, and paint in the interior and exterior of the home. The project was completed the week of June 20, 2010 in East Setauket, New York.
The Lutz’s are another representation of the kind of family “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” aims to help by building a new home in just seven days. The Lutz family went on vacation to The Hamptons while “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” team leader Ty Pennington, designers Paul DiMeo, Paige Hemmis, Tracy Hutson, local builder Alure Home Improvements and community volunteers rebuilt their home.
Advanced Restoration Corporation, a DKI Member Company, is a family-owned and operated full service emergency response property damage and disaster restoration company. Advanced Restoration Corporation has a combined 75 years experience in dealing with fire & smoke damage restoration, emergency water extraction, water damage cleanups & flooding, wind & storm damage, mold removal & remediation, building deconstruction & building material reuse, building repairs & insurance repair / reconstruction, and emergency board ups & roof tarping. Advanced Restoration Corporation services Long Island (Nassau County, NY; Suffolk County, NY, the Hamptons & East End) and the New York City areas.
This episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition aired on Sunday, October 3, 2010.
The Emmy award winning reality program Extreme Makeover: Home Edition airs Sundays from 8:00-9:00 p.m., ET on ABC.