Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (season 5)

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Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
Season 5
No. of episodes26
Original networkABC
Original releaseSeptember 30, 2007 (2007-09-30) –
May 18, 2008 (2008-05-18)
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List of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition episodes

This is a list of season 5 episodes of the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition series.


No.TitleLocationOriginal air dateProd.
93"The Akana Family"Kalihi, HawaiiSeptember 30, 2007 (2007-09-30)501

Ty and the gang travel to Kalihi, Hawaii to renovate the home of the Akana family. In addition to renovating the Akana family home, Ty and his team also renovate the KOKA Family Learning Center, which the family has run for more than eleven years. The Akana family consists of Theresa (a.k.a., "Momi"), her husband Ben, her three children, and their daughter. The children are fourteen-year-old Keahi, twelve-year-old Kuʻulei, eight-year-old Maka, and baby Poli. Momi Akana was a single mother on welfare when she started the Keiki O Ka ʻĀina (KOKA) Family Learning Center. Keiki O Ka ʻĀina means "Child of the land" in the Hawaiian language; the center helps struggling moms and their kids. Keahi Akana is now the lead singer and guitarist of the band "Further than our Sky."[n 1]

Ty's Secret Project: Ben & Momi's master bedroom

Design Team: Michael, Paul, Ed, Eduardo, Paige and Ty
94"The Carter Family"Billings, MontanaOctober 7, 2007 (2007-10-07)502

Ty and the crew head to Billings, Montana to a take on the home of Lon and Julie Carter, and their three daughters, Jade, Sapphire and Chalce-Donae Carter, who live in a refurbished chicken coop. Julie Carter and Jade Carter both suffer from a very rare and very serious brain malformation called Chiari malformation. According to an online article, Sapphire and Chalce-Donae suffer from a similar disesase as well. These three sisters won't let pain keep them down, though. All three are aspiring musicians. As an interesting side note, all three sisters have tattoos honoring the three-brother band Hanson and list them as their greatest musical inspiration.

Ty's Secret Project: Lon and Julie's master bedroom

Design Team: Michael, Paul, John, Tanya and Ty
95"The Byers Family"Corvallis, OregonOctober 14, 2007 (2007-10-14)503

Ty and the crew head up to Corvallis, Oregon to take on the home of Rob and Rachel Byers and their three children, 13-year-old Joe, 14-year-old Chris, and 8-year-old Jenessa, nicknamed "Boey", who had been battling cancer for the past two years. On December 28, 2007, this special girl lost her battle only 12 weeks after the episode aired.[n 2]

Ty's Secret Project: Boey's fashion boutique themed room

Design Team: Michael, Tracy, Ed, Tanya and Ty
96"The Stockdale Family"Middleton, IdahoOctober 21, 2007 (2007-10-21)504

A family whose four kids suffer from a rare disease known as eosinophilic enteropathy, which causes their white blood cells think that the food they eat is a parasite and attack it. They have numerous medical complications as a result, and their dilapidated home is making matters even worse. They are much loved by their parents and their dad is a hero because he has decided to go back to school to find a cure for his children.

Ty's secret room: the kitchen, plus a sterile kitchen for preparing formula.

Design Team: Eduardo, Paige, Paul, John and Ty
97"The Brown Family"Bridgeport, ConnecticutOctober 28, 2007 (2007-10-28)505

In this episode Ty and the crew head to Bridgeport, Connecticut to rebuild the home of the Brown Family, which was damaged by flooding, looting and fire.

Ty's Secret Project: Gloria's Room
Design Team: Paige, Eduardo, John, Michael and Ty

Special Guests: Cheryl Burke and Maksim Chmerkovskiy from Dancing with the Stars
98"The Marrero Family"Camden, New JerseyNovember 4, 2007 (2007-11-04)506

Ty and the crew head to New Jersey to help a cancer-stricken father, 54-year-old Victor, who has been raising his five teenage sons ever since their mother abandoned them twelve years prior. They live in a run-down rental town-home in Camden with holes in the walls, bad plumbing, few furnishings, and no beds (the oldest slept on the living room couch). The father was unable to work due to two previous heart-attacks, and had started a local organization called "Single Fathers of Camden". Lack of money has left him wondering where his sons' next meal would come from, and left him forced to hold meetings for SFOC in his backyard. Ty and the crew sent the whole family to Spain for the week.[n 3]

Ty's Secret Project: A room stocked with video games, paintings, the works. Ty dubbed it "The Lion's Den".

Design Team: Paul, Tanya, Rib, Ed and Ty
99"The Miller Family"Cheyenne, WyomingNovember 11, 2007 (2007-11-11)507

The team makes their first stop in Wyoming to help a family who takes care of their animals, along with their two kids, both of whom have heart defects because of the air in their house being contaminated with radon.

Ty's Secret Project: Dan and Dawn's master bedroom.
Design Team: Paige, Eduardo, John, Rib and Ty

Special Guests: David Beckham soccer player for the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer and Wynonna Judd
100"The Swenson-Lee Family"Minnetonka, MinnesotaNovember 25, 2007 (2007-11-25)508

For the show's 100th episode, Ty and the design team head to Minnetonka, Minnesota to help Erik and Vicki Swenson and their seven children; Taylor, 13, Samantha, 10, Trevor, 10, Tyler, 9, Tara, 7, Stella, 2, and Olivia, 2. Four of the children (Taylor, Trevor, Tyler, and Tara) are actually Vicki's nieces and nephews. Vicki's sister, Teri Lee, and her boyfriend, Tim, were murdered by Teri's ex-boyfriend. These four children became orphans (their father was killed in a car wreck five years earlier), and Erik and Vicki welcomed them into their home. Taylor was actually in the car when her father died and was with her mom when she was murdered. With seven children and another one on the way, the Swenson-Lee Family quickly outgrew their three bedroom home. Despite all these challenges Taylor and Vicki are advocates against domestic violence. In just seven days, Ty and the Design Team and TJB Homes are to build a 5,600 square foot 7 Bedroom, 5 Bathroom home for this deserving family. Eight families from previous seasons also appeared to help out.[n 1]

Ty's Secret Project: Family Room/Play Room
Design Team: Paul, Michael, Tracy, Paige and Ty The families that help out in the episode are:
The Ripatti-Pearce family
The Kubena family
The Ginyard family
The Piestewa family
The Johnson family
The Burns family
The Wofford family
The Cadigan-Scott family

Special Guest: Elmo played by Kevin Clash
101"The Vitale Family"Athens, VermontDecember 2, 2007 (2007-12-02)509

A family whose youngest son, 2-year-old Louis, is suffering from numerous skeletal abnormalities and uses a wheelchair. He has amazed everyone with his ability to paint. His split-level, dilapidated house is really dangerous as it is wheel-chair inaccessible and dangerous for Louis's fragile immune system.

Ty's secret room- Louis's therapeutic room.

Design Team: Tanya, Michael, Paige, Rib and Ty
102"The Ray-Smith Family"Milbridge, MaineDecember 9, 2007 (2007-12-09)510

Ty and the team head to Milbridge, Maine to help Brittany Ray, a teacher at Narraguagus High School who received the Maine 2007 Teacher of the Year award. and her family: her husband, a fellow school teacher, daughter Bayley, and sons Thomas and Jojo. Thomas has autism and Jojo is showing the signs of autism as well. In addition, the family suffers from a genetic disposition to high cholesterol. The house has been in Brittany's family for over 100 years, but is unsafe and must be demolished. However, it is purportedly haunted by the spirits of Brittany's ancestors. Thus, Ty and Paul must consult a medium to determine if the spirits are willing to allow demolition; the spirits choose portions of the old house to incorporate into the design of a new one.

Ty's secret project: Master Bedroom (the walls feature pictures of a crow, symbolizing that a departed relative watches over the family, a tribute to her haunting the old house)

Design Team: Paul, Eduardo, John, Didiayer and Ty
103"The Chapin Family"Kirkland, WashingtonDecember 16, 2007 (2007-12-16)511

After discovering that the second most common cause of childhood deaths in Washington state was drowning, Connie Chapin, a single mother of 3 daughters and a son set up a swim school called Angelfish in her family pool. Unfortunately the local authority threatened to close it down because her 100-year-old house was structurally unsafe. This was the first time that the build took more than 7 days to complete, as consistent rain forced the build to run long, and the family was brought home on the morning of Day 8.

Ty's secret Project- Eldest daughter Molly's interior design themed bedroom.

Design Team: Paul, Paige, Michael, John and Ty
104"The Woodhouse Family"Colorado Springs, ColoradoJanuary 6, 2008 (2008-01-06)512

EM:HE heads over to Colorado Springs, Colorado to help the Woodhouse family, whose ten-year-old daughter, Kayla, suffers from a rare disease called Hereditary Sensory Autonomic Neuropathy (specifically, Type 4, also known as Congenital insensitivity to pain with anhidrosis; only 25 people in the world have been diagnosed with this disease). As a result, she can't feel pain and if her body temperature starts going up, it can't come down without medical intervention, and any extreme high temperatures could kill her. She has to be indoors most of the time with the thermostat set at 62 degrees at all times. Ty and the crew send the family to a ranch in a part of Colorado where the average temperature is 59 degrees year round.

Ty's Secret Project: Kayla's water themed room (she loves swimming; the cool temperature of the water helps regulate her body temperature)

Design Team: Rib, Eduardo, Tanya, Ed and Ty
105"The Luther Family"Port Deposit, MarylandJanuary 13, 2008 (2008-01-13)513

(Recorded October 14–22, 2007) In this episode, which many consider the largest build yet, the Extreme Team head to Port Deposit, Maryland to build a house, indoor riding arena and fully renovate a horse stable for people with disabilities after the father, Carl, died of liver cancer. [n 1] and they can go on a Vacation to Italy.

Ty's Secret Project: Renee's master bedroom

Design Team: Ed, Paige, Rib, Eduardo and Ty
106"The Voisine Family"Manchester, New HampshireJanuary 20, 2008 (2008-01-20)514

(Recorded October 18–25, 2007) Ty and the design team head to Manchester, NH to help Reynald and Casey Voisine and their four children who lost their home to the New England Flood of May 2006. Design team includes Pennigton, Michael Moloney, Tanya McQueen, Paul DiMeo and John Littlefield. As a bonus they also delivered a house to the Herod family build by an organization Called "There's No Place Like Home", who also lost their home to the same flood, as well as a $15,000 check to the same Organization called "There's No Place Like Home". For more Info on "There's No Place Like Home" visit www.placelikehome.org [n 1]

Ty's Secret Project: The garage, known as "Garage Mahal". This is the second garage to have been a Secret Project; the first was back in 2004, on the McCrory family episode.

Design Team: Paul, John, Michael, Tanya and Ty
107"The Gilyeat Family"Kansas City, KansasJanuary 27, 2008 (2008-01-27)515

Single father Daniel lost his leg while serving in Iraq, and his tiny, dilapidated home is not accessible for him.[n 1] Ty's Secret project: Daniel's office.

Design Team: John, Paige, Rib, Eduardo and Ty
108"The Hughes Family"Louisville, KentuckyFebruary 17, 2008 (2008-02-17)516

The team heads to Louisville to help the family of Patrick Henry Hughes, a blind man with a talent for music. He is in a wheelchair and the home was not accessible for him. Not only does the design team renovate the home, they also renovate the University of Louisville football field (Patrick Henry was in the marching band, courtesy of his father pushing him around) to make it more accessible for him. For this episode, the family was sent to London, England, so naturally, Ed (an English native) would be their tour guide.[n 1]

Ty's Secret Project: A wheelchair accessible mini-apartment for Patrick Henry Design Team: Paul, Michael, Didiayer, Eduardo and Ty (Ed traveled with the family as a tour guide on their vacation).

Special Guest: Sandi Patty
109"The Turner Family"Fairmont, West VirginiaMarch 2, 2008 (2008-03-02)517

Richard and Angie Turner dedicate themselves to their community by Richard being a football coach to a team of troubled kids, while Angie is trying hard to get her Master's Degree, so she can be a teacher. Their house is very small and cramped for seven people. It's up to Ty and the gang to help this large family get a bigger house.

Ty's Secret Project: Richard and Angie's master bedroom

Design Team: Ed, Tanya, Didiayer, Eduardo and Ty
110"The Lucas family"Cullen, VirginiaMarch 9, 2008 (2008-03-09)518

The team goes to Virginia to help military father, Michael, and his wife and two boys. His younger son, Joseph, has autism. Michael loves history, so he started to build his dream home on a landscape which served as a setting for Civil War battles. He was called over to Iraq and could never finish it, so the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition design team lends a hand.

Ty's Secret Project: Michael and Jean's master bedroom
Design Team: Ty, Paul, Michael, Rib and Phyllis

Special Guest: Toby Keith
111"The Boettcher Family"Silver Springs, NevadaMarch 16, 2008 (2008-03-16)519

Steve is a preacher who spreads the word by riding his motorcycle. Steve and Mary are loved by every teen in their community, when they opened a rec room for troubled teens and even cook them dinner. They love doing what they do, but both their trailer and rec room needs repairing. Also, Steve's grandson, Joshua, suffers from respiratory problems and uses a tracheotomy.

Ty's Secret Project: A new rec room for the teens, including new pool tables and air hockey tables

Design Team: Tanya, Eduardo, John, Rib and Ty
112"The Martinez Family"Albuquerque, New MexicoMarch 23, 2008 (2008-03-23)520

A family who moved to Albuquerque so their father (a pastor named Gerald) could help out a troubled neighborhood filled with crime. He helped reform numerous lives and is much loved. Unfortunately, his fixer-upper duplex that he and his family are living in is open to everyone, and the family no longer has any privacy. The design team demolishes an entire block and build the family a new home, a dorm room for the people who need to sleep, and a rec room for people to come in to avoid lives on the streets.[n 1]

Ty's secret room- Gerald and Leisa's master bedroom.

Design Team: Michael, Paige, Ed, Paul and Ty
113"The Gaudet Family"Mobile, AlabamaMarch 30, 2008 (2008-03-30)521

When the youngest son, Peter was diagnosed with Down syndrome, this inspired the family to start opening up to their community for people with special needs and opened a special camp called "Camp Smile." With all of this love from their community, Ty and the crew give back to the Gaudet Family by giving them a better house with better conditions and after Hurricane Katrina struck and made the house conditions even worse, and by sending the family to Disney Land and to the Super Bowl XLII for a week!

Ty's Secret Project: Peter's therapeutic room (also not revealed to the recipient prior to reveal, similar to James' room in the Westbrook episode)

Design Team: Didiayer, John, Ed, Michael and Ty
114"The Latif Family"Wilmington, DelawareApril 27, 2008 (2008-04-27)522

Ju-Juanna Latif dropped out of high school, becoming a single teen mother. She was forced to move into a homeless shelter with her son. Things got better when she managed to go to college and buy a home. She had three more kids (including James, who used a wheelchair) and welcomed “Miss Rose” Morgan into their family, who lives next door to them (on the other side of a duplex). The house was really cramped and Ty was amazed to see exactly how wheelchair inaccessible the house was (Miss Rose's house was covered in plastic sheeting to keep out the cold). The family went to Disney World.

Ty's Secret Project: Ju-Juanna's Room

Design Team: Tracy, Paige, Eduardo, Paul and Ty
115"The Silva Family"Warwick, Rhode IslandMay 4, 2008 (2008-05-04)523

A former race car driver Ken and his wife Doreen along with their 5 children (3 adopted) have a house that is contaminated with lead Poisoning. Ty, Ed, Eduardo Didiayer and John not only tear down the house, they did down deep enough to get all of the lead out of the property.

Ty's Secret Project: Ken and Doreen's Master Bedroom.

Design Team: Eduardo, Ed, Didiayer, John and Ty
116"The Giunta Family"Maynard, MassachusettsMay 11, 2008 (2008-05-11)524

On the day his daughter is born, Paul Giunta gets into a serious accident on his way home from the hospital. Doctors didn't think he'd live through the night. When he did, they said he'd never speak or walk ever again. He defied the odds and talks and walks a little with the help of a walker. He has never lived in the same house as his daughter due to the house not being wheelchair accessible.

Ty's Secret Project: Renee's Hair Salon room

Design Team: Michael, Paige, Tanya, Paul and Ty
117"The Usea/Walker Family"Westwego, LouisianaMay 18, 2008 (2008-05-18)525

On the final episode of the 50-state tour, Ty and the crew head down to New Orleans to help the entire city, while still working on the home of fireman Brad Usea and his family, including wife Laura, and two daughters, Abby and Audrey. Also being made over is a nearby church, Noah's Ark Baptist.[n 1]

Ty's Secret Project — a bedroom for Brad's brothers, Chris and Chad. Design Team: Michael, Tracy, Eduardo, Paige, Ed, Paul and Ty

Guest star- The Ten Tenors.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h This episode is 2 hours long
  2. ^ On February 3, 2008, the first time this episode aired since her death, the episode was dedicated in her memory
  3. ^ The founder and owner of the construction company who worked with Ty and the gang on this episode had died before it aired.