By 12:30 p.m., hundreds of spectators lined up to watch the unveiling of the Lutz home. In the midst of the chaos, I got a chance to chat with Sal Ferro, Alure Home Improvements President and CEO.
“Right now it’s the most important part of the build, the part where we get our reward,” he said. “[A] thousand million hands [are] running around all over the house trying to finish little things.”
As volunteers behind us hurried to get everything just right, the crowd of eager onlookers grew.
“[It’s now] that last hour where everybody is just converging on the house, trying to finish it, get it ready for that major event, which is the bus move,” Ferro said. “And that’s [what] we’re so excited about.”
The crew is aiming for a 2 o’clock reveal, but 3 o’clock may be more accurate, he said. “There’s a lot going on in the house right now.”
Ferro also took a moment to express his appreciation for everyone’s help. “Contractors from all over Long Island came out to support this build,” he said. “I’d love to take the opportunity right now to say thank you to Long Island for helping Alure complete this build for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Without Long Island’s support, Alure couldn’t have done it.”
With only hours left until the Lutz family meets their new home, the pressure is on. “We built the house, it’s done,” Ferro said. “Will the house be ready for 2 o’clock? Well that remains to be seen.”