BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - It's been one year since ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition inspired 6,300 volunteers to build a new home for one deserving local family. So how has life changed for the Powell family? Channel 7s Laura Gray takes us inside their Massachusetts Avenue home.
It's been one year since Extreme Makeover: Home Edition took Buffalo by storm. Dolores Powell says people still slow down to check out the house and say hi.
Powell gave us a tour of the home. She tells us she hasn't changed a thing. "My kitchen is one of the greatest places of the house." She also revealed about the details about the show we never knew. "I hadn't smiled for years. I was missing some teeth. I had my jaw broken in my country." The show paid for Dolores to have her teeth fixed, and now the family's first formal portrait is one of her favorite things in the home.
This house isn't special just because its new. It is also green. "We have solar panels and rain barrels," David Stapleton of David Homes was the project leader. He tells us the green design keeps the family warm while keeping costs down. Powell used to work double shifts just to pay the out of control heating bills. "I'm not even paying 500 dollars for light and gas." Powell says. Reporter: "What were the bills like in the old house?" Powell: "For gas in the winter, it was 1080 dollars at the highest."
Previous winners of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition have had trouble keeping up with the costs of their lavish new estates, and ended up in foreclosure. According to records from the city of Buffalo, the house is assessed at 75,000 dollars. Taxes have jumped.
Dolores has been on medical leave from her job since February, and is scheduled for surgery soon. She tells us she's not worried. "I never want to fall behind on my bills because I know how important it is." Dolores has no plans to ever sell this home. "I believe this is historic. If I ever leave Buffalo, I will never sell it. I will donate it to a worthy cause."