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.
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..."
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 - ½ 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.
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.
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". . .
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.
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
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.
Yes you can put it on AMEX and get your miles. We take all major credit cards except Discover.
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.
And YES we want pictures of your project. From Start to Finish. From Dream to Reality!
Buffalo Lumber CO Headquarters 1588 Murfreesboro Rd Woodbury, TN 37190
National Shipping and Delivery
WE DELIVER EVERYWHERE!
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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Container loading available!
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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