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Buffalo Lumber - Extreme Makeover


From Demolition to Dream Home
5 Days on the Set of Extreme Makeover

Buffalo Lumber invited to Extreme Makeover Home Edition!

We got a call late Friday from Extreme Makeover Home Edition. They wanted to install our Western Red Cedar Siding on an upcoming EMHE episode. By Tuesday the specs were in; CLEAR grade cedar siding, 3 different sizes, 2 different patterns, all in specific pre-cut lengths. The only catch - it had to be crated and delivered in 7 days to the set on Virginia Beach. One week. A custom siding order that usually runs 3-5 weeks.
It wasn't that we weren't thrilled to be invited BUT if the cedar siding did not make it there by noon of the required day it would not be used. No bragging rights there! To make it happen everyone had to pull together - mill manager, crating guy, order manager, transit manager and delivery company. Anyone who runs a business knows how many things can go wrong with that many players on a rush job. The team pulled it off and we shipped on time. Now it was all up to weather, truck driver and luck. I hopped a plane and followed our wood.

Buffalo Lumber ON the set of Extreme Makeover!


Day 1: Demo by Semi
Bringing Down the House

As I got out of the car and into the pandemonium that is an Extreme Makeover Set I knew we were going to have some fun because I saw a guy chain sawing the house! What I did not see was a wrecking ball. I asked one of the construction guys standing there "Where is the wrecking ball? I want to get some shots.". He just laughed and said "they are not using a wrecking ball on this one. They are going to pull it apart with semi trucks..."


Extreme Makeover Day 1 DEMO by SEMI, Story & Pictures


Day 2: Frame N Crane
Foundation to Framed by Crane

Ahhh- Here come the house panels. When I say house panel what I am talking about is 60 foot long - 12 foot wide pre framed - of a house on a truck. It has the floor, walls and ceiling all framed in. On the Extreme site is a very large and powerful crane. The truck pulling the house panel has some bars in the back. Attached to the end of the bars are very long metal cables. The crane is attached to the bars and the entire house section is hoisted into the air ...


link to Day 2 Frame N Crane, pictures and story, will be up Friday March 4th


Day 3: Night Shift
Extreme Night Life

When I got there Wednesday night the house was up, the roof on and the hardy plank siding being installed. Coming in every day like this you get a real sense of how fast these guys actually progress. From foundation to roof in one day is pretty amazing. I checked in to see if our cedar was going to be installed and I found 2 workers scratching their heads over our crate of cedar siding.

Extreme Makeover Home Edition Day 3 Extremem Night Life

link to full Day 3: Night Shift, pictures and story, will be up Friday March 11th


Day 4: Patchwork Design
Presented by Pretty in Pink

When I arrived on Thursday I was dismayed that all of our cedar siding had been installed AND painted. I had taken grief from both my mill rep and my partner about not staying for the actual installation - which took place in the wee hours of the night shift - so I wanted to make the most of this shoot. About 30 minutes after I got there Pretty in Pink (one of the show hosts) was hoisted onto the lift to do a shoot explaining the reason for the patchwork design on the show.

Extreme Makeover Home Edition Day 4 Patchwork Home

link to Day 4 Patchwork Design, pictures and story, will be up after the EMHE episode airs


Day 5: Lumber Live
Who Dat carrying Buffalo Lumber Cedar?

As I moved in the TV crews were getting ready to shoot some shots of the designers "working" for the show. "Please put your cameras away people, it makes us feel weird to be taking pictures of you taking pictures of us." The guy with the megaphone announced. "We need everyone busy working when the shoot starts" he continued. A bunch of guys started reaching for our cedar siding. "Holy Band Saw Batman - our Buffalo Lumber CEDAR is going LIVE". . .

Extreme Makeover Home Edition Day 5 Wrapping up the Show

link to full Day 5: Lumber Live, pictures and story, will be up after the EMHE episode airs


Day 6: Parting Shots
Dawn Before the Storm

We had contemplated delaying my flight home to see them actually "MOVE THAT BUS" Saturday but I was worried about the winter storm that was moving in. My partner and I agreed that I should get up early and take some pre dawn shots before my 6AM flight. Boy was that ever a great idea (it was hers). Due to the Extreme Lighting the shots came out great. If it hadn't been for the big blue tarp it would have looked as though we staged it. The yard was completely landscaped and the driveway installed. You'd never suspect the chaos that marked this home's introduction to the world. It was beautiful. This family will be happy.

Extreme Makeover Home Edition Day 6 Day Break

link to full Day 6: Day Break, pictures and story, will be up Tuesday March 23rd


Very few things in life are as fundamentally rewarding as seeing something go from beginning to completion and come together beautifully. Everyone who does one of these gets to leave with that feeling of accomplishment and completion. (I wonder how long a break they get before the next insane Wagon Train?)
All in all this has been a fantastic trip!
To the dream and beyond!   -CB

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When you are ready to order, we need to get everything reconfirmed - even if nothing has changed. We have to reconfirm before we take your money. Confirm with you, the mill, the transit company.
We say 4 to 6 weeks from order to delivery and then try to beat it. When we take the money the time frame begins.
Terms and conditions of delivery are basically that you need to fit a semi into and out of the delivery area and provide unloading at the job site. You need to get the truck unloaded in 2 hours or less or they charge a sitting fee.
The wood is banded to 2x4's on the bottom and paper wrapped to protect it. The best way to preserve the integrity of the packaging is to unload by forklift. If you unload by hand you will unband everything and that is not good for the product. Each pallet weighs between 1000 and 3000 lbs on average.
We use a brokered flat bed, full size semi truck to deliver in most instances. If you have special delivery conditions let us know and we can work around them.
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We will reserve your wood with 1/2 down and the other 1/2 due upon completion of the wood. Final payment due prior to shipping. Once the wood is milled you will be contacted to remit the 2nd payment. Small variations in tallies sometimes occur when milling and staining. We go over any variations in footages with you and then collect the final payment and release the load to the shippers.
Buffalo Lumber is a produce to order company. There is no return policy for milled wood, once you order it you own it. If there is a problem we take care of it.
The milling cycle is 2-3 weeks from order date. We use brokered shipping companies who find a truck going in your direction. This process can take some time (up to 3 weeks) which is why we say 4-6 weeks on every shipment. Most loads go within a week. There is always the outside chance it will take longer especially in remote or hard to reach areas. We can help you prepare for time issues relevant to your location.
We will contact you when the load gets booked and give you an estimated drop date. The driver will contact you 1 day in advance and give you an estimated arrival time. If he doesn't we make them wait for your convenience.
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Each delivery is quoted individually after the products have been selected. We carry products from suppliers located all across the country. Each delivery will be calculated based on location of customer, location of product manufacturer and weight of total shipment.
Mill Direct to You Freight brokered straight to customer (this requires the customer have enough room to fit a semi truck into and out of the delivery area, customer provides forklift to unload at job site) 3 to 4 week average turnaround.



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Buffalo Lumber offers full 20 and 40 foot container quotes internationally. Europe, Asia, anywhere a container will go we can get it there. At this time Buffalo Lumber can only quote full 20 and 40 foot containers, smaller shipments would be customer arranged.


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Boston Massachusetts 02108 Nashville Tennessee 37204 Houston Texas 77004
Pawtucket Rhode Island 02860 Knoxville Tennessee 37914 Galveston Texas 77550
Nashua New Hampshire 03060 Memphis Tennessee 38131 Laredo Texas 78046
Concord New Hampshire 03301 Jackson Mississippi 39201 San Antonio Texas 78204
Portland Maine 04101 Louisville Kentucky 40202 Corpus Christie Texas 78401
Bar Harbor Maine 04609 Lancaster Ohio 43130 Austin Texas 78704
Burlington Vermont 05401 Columbus Ohio 43229 Amarillo Texas 79101
Hartford Connecticut 06101 Cleveland Ohio 44101 Lubbuck Texas 79406
New Milford Connecticut 06776 Cincinnati Ohio 45204 El Paso Texas 79821
Mt. Laurel New Jersey 08054 Dayton Ohio 45401 Denver Colorado 80012
New Egypt New Jersey 08533 Indianapolis Indiana 46201 Boulder Colorado 80301
New York New York 10004 Oak Park Michigan 48237 Erie Colorado 80514
Syracuse New York 13201 Detroit Michigan 48242 Fort Collins Colorado 80525
Buffalo New York 14204 Grand Rapids Michigan 49506 Colorado Springs Colorado 80904
New York New York 14280 Des Moines Iowa 50301 Ft Carson Colorado 80913
Rochester New York 14604 Milwaukee Wisconsin 53204 Durango Colorado 81301
Pittsburg Pennsylvania 15122 Madison Wisconsin 53562 Grand Junction Colorado 81501
Scranton Pennsylvania 18505 Minneapolis Minnesota 55401 Aspen Colorado 81611
Philadelphia Pennsylvania 19104 Perham Minnesota 56573 Vail Colorado 81657
Washington District Of Columbia 20001 Rapid City South Dakota 57702 Cheyenne Wyoming 82007
Germantown Maryland 20874 Fargo North Dakota 58104 Casper Wyoming 82609
Annapolis Maryland 21401 Helena Montana 59601 Gillette Wyoming 82716
Alexandria Virginia 22304 Bozeman Montana 59715 Boise Idaho 83702
Richmond Virginia 23231 Chicago Illinois 60601 Tooele Utah 84074
Chesapeake Virginia 23325 Springfield Illinois 62701 Salt Lake City Utah 84101
Virginia Beach Virginia 23454 St. Louis Missouri 63101 Phoenix Arizona 85003
Charleston West Virginia 25301 Springfield Missouri 65807 Tucson Arizona 85701
Cowen West Virginia 26206 Olathe Kansas 66061 Albuquerque New Mexico 87104
Raleigh North Carolina 27604 Topeka Kansas 66603 Santa Fe New Mexico 87505
Charlotte North Carolina 28204 Wichita Kansas 67201 Las Vegas Nevada 89044
Lugoff South Carolina 29078 Omaha Nebraska 68104 Carson City Nevada 89701
Columbia South Carolina 29201 Lincoln Nebraska 68501 Los Angeles California 90001
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Jacksonville Florida 32099 Little Rock Arkansas 72201 Willits California 95490
Tallahassee Florida 32301 Oklahoma City Oklahoma 73104 Arcata, Eureka California 95521
Miami Florida 33109 Tulsa Oklahoma 74117 Sacramento California 95814
Madison Alabama 35756 Plano Texas 75024 Portland Oregon 97204
Huntsville Alabama 35801 Dallas Texas 75201 Seattle Washington 98104
Montgomery Alabama 36101 Ft Worth Texas 76109 Olympia Washington 98502

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