Season 3 | Episode 12 | Aired 01/8/06
Kevin and Cathy Nutsch and their five daughters from Douglas, Kansas, who lost everything that was near and dear to them when their house literally exploded, will receive a brand new renovated home thanks to the team of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.
While on vacation in the summer of 2005, the Nutsch family received a shocking phone call notifying them that a propane leak had caused a blast that completely leveled their three bedroom bungalow -- not only destroying their home but their business as well, since Kevin's auto repair company was run out of their home. With their home, business and all their belongings gone, the family is now living in the grandfather's basement until they can get back on their feet. But the pain is almost unbearable for Kevin, who still camps out on his property every night to try to protect what few possessions the family still has.
It only took seconds to completely obliterate seventeen years of memories for the Nutsch family, but Ty and the gang will work their hardest to try to rebuild a large part of their lives. While the family is away, the EM: HE gang help the Nutschs "pay it forward" by helping another deserving family in need from the community -- who were affected by Hurricane Katrina -- with a fundraiser event headlined by country singer Martina McBride. Plus volleyball star Gabrielle Reece helps decorate a special, themed room, and plays a little game of sideout with Eduardo Xol.
While the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition design team, contractors and hundreds of workers and volunteers, along with the local builder Wichita Roofing and Remodeling, are building a new house for the Nutsch family in a remarkable seven days, the family enjoys a vacation at Walt Disney World.
The design team for this episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition will feature team leader Ty Pennington, Ed Sanders, Preston Sharp, Tanya McQueen and Eduardo Xol.