Recession hits ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’ — No more McMansions

Ty PenningtonYou aren’t the only one feeling the pinch. In an exclusive interview with WalletPop’s Jason Cochran, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition‘s resident carpenter, Paul DiMeo, reports that the tough times have hit his popular ABC show, too.

One of the first things to change was the size of the homes. In years past, families would be bestowed with homes that felt more like mansions, with scads of square footage and amenities such as new swimming pools. The taxman and the maintenance bills can prove too onerous for families to cope with, so that’s a thing of the past, and homes are now built more modestly, with lower-cost upkeep in mind.

Also gone are the days when a dozen contractors would vie to be the one to give needy families their dream homes. Now, the show is lucky if one or two step forward for the chance at charity — and national publicity.


1 Comment on Recession hits ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’ — No more McMansions

  1. soazig

    I’m writing from France :
    I like this show but I often wonder :
    the house are too big : neighbours can become jalous !!!
    How wil they do to keep such big things clean !
    how will they do to pay the heating !!!
    another thong really shocks us :
    Ofteen people are in problems because they have to pay their medicins and the hospital
    In all Europ we have social security and people don’t have to pay. Actually, here we pay a percentage for little sicnesses but for big ones we don’t pay anything .
    One thing too I sometimes see people in trouble because the father or the mother got wounded or killed at war. Here when it happens thestate gives a pension and the kids become “pupil of the states” .
    an other thing, school is for free her, college too and university and everybody working normally who doesn’t have much money gets a scholarship.
    if schooling and university is so expensive in the states, why do those families they help make so many children ? 2 should be enough.
    In former western europ it’s not perfect but when I see how it is in the states, I’m happy, I’m not american. although I like your country, your people and your music