Dickinsons get to see their 'plantation' home

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Dickinsons get to see their 'plantation' home

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Published Tuesday, January 18, 2011   |  194 Words  |  


A whirlwind week wrapped up for contractors and volunteers as ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" shoot in Beaufort County drew to a close.

At about 3:30 p.m., Bill and India Dickinson and their five children were welcomed to their new 4,000-square-foot, two-story, "Lowcountry plantation-style" house.

It replaced a mold-infested home that was razed to make way for the new house.

The family's reactions to the renovation were caught on tape for the reality show.

Bill, a Marine serving in Afghanistan, appeared on a TV set via satellite link and was given a tour of the new house.

"They wheeled it around to the front of the house, and they wheeled it inside the house," said Wayne Johnson, CEO of World Design Marketing, which is leading media efforts on the project.

About 750 people were gathered for event, he said. Afterward, the "Extreme Makeover" crew got on their bus and headed down the road to a site in Virginia.

Johnson said a crew will be working for the next week to put "finishing touches" on the house.