Extreme Makeover: Home Edition | Final Day

January 15, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
Imagine leaving for vacation and returning a week later to find a brand new and improved home where your old one used to be. That's the incredible surprise awaiting the Riojas family of Central Fresno thanks to Extreme Makeover home edition.

In just a few hours, the Riojas family will get to see their brand new home.

Plumbers and electricians added fixtures inside while furniture and decorative items piled up in the driveway last night. Designers are still inside making sure everything is just right for the return of Mary Ann Riojas and her family.

Some of Mary Ann's relatives were among those hard at work. They said she will be thrilled.

"I think they are gonna be totally overwhelmed. I think they are not even going to be able to sleep tonight. And I just feel like, they are just like we are. We've been here working all week and we're just totally overwhelmed," said Mary Ann's Aunt Tina Kincaid.

"I think she's just going to be surprised and shocked and just incredibly grateful to just know her life is going to be changed from this moment on, it's just exciting to see," said Mary Ann's Cousin Estefana Dominica.

Relatives will be among the thousands of people expected to greet the Riojas family when they return. If you're planning on heading out to the Extreme Makeover construction site Thursday, you'll want to get here early.

At 9am, the design team should finish up their work inside the house and at 2pm, the Riojas family will return, and that's when Ty Pennington will yell "Move That Bus," revealing the new home.

Spectators are again welcome to come to the home site, by taking the shuttle from downtown Fresno.

As many as 5,000 people are expected. Organizers are recommending getting here two hours before the big reveal.

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