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The Blind Alley Goes Extreme!

The Blind Alley and Hunter Douglas Northwest were selected to provide and install all of the custom window coverings for the ABC television show, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.


In November 2004, The Blind Alley and Hunter Douglas Northwest were selected to provide and install all of the custom window coverings for the ABC television series, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, that was filmed in Kitsap County in Western Washington State.

   Roseanne Dore, who's a widow and a single mother, and her three daughters, lost their Kingston home and all their possessions in a house fire March 2004.

Roseanne Dore, who's a widow and a single mother, and her three daughters, lost their Kingston home and all their possessions in a house fire March 2004. They could see no way to rebuild in the immediate future. Roseanne Dore is a school-cafeteria worker.

   They moved into a utility shed on their property after their insurance company deemed their home unfit to live in. They could see no way to rebuild in the immediate future. Roseanne Dore is a school-cafeteria worker.

Left with a structure unsuitable to live in, she moved her kids into the utility shed in the backyard until she could figure out what to do. The girls go to friends' houses to shower.

   While figuring out what to do, Roseanne moved her three daughters into a half-built, backyard utility shed that had no plumbing, electricity or running water.

The entire family is stuck using an old door-less outhouse on the property. And, to top it all off, when not cooking on an outdoor propane camping barbecue, these ladies take inside to the pantry/storage room/painting shed to prepare food.

Then, as a last resort, Roseanne Dore sent a videotape explaining their plight to producers of the TV show, who selected them over two other Seattle-area families for a home rebuild.

"When we viewed the submission tape from the Dores, it was very easy to see they needed and greatly deserved our assistance. We also quickly realized that a brand new home, not a remodel, was in order," said "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" Senior Producer Conrad Ricketts.

The taped episode, showing demolition, progress and the final result including homeowner reaction, first aired on ABC, KOMO-TV, Channel 4 on Sunday, January 9, 2005.


    On Monday, November 15, 2004, Sandie, Dan and Matt of The Blind Alley arrive on "location" to help with the product selection and measure for the overnight manufacturing of the Hunter Douglas products that will be selected by the Extreme Makeover, Home Edition design team.

On Monday, November 15, 2004, Sandie, Dan and Matt of The Blind Alley arrive on "location" to help with the product selection and measure for the overnight manufacturing of the Hunter Douglas products that will be selected by the Extreme Makeover, Home Edition design team.

   Sandie, of The Blind Alley, posing with producers of Extreme Makeover, Home Edition.

Sandie, of The Blind Alley, posing with producers of Extreme Makeover, Home Edition.

   Tami, of The Blind Alley, posing with producers of Extreme Makeover, Home Edition.

Tami, of The Blind Alley, posing with producers of Extreme Makeover, Home Edition.

   Tami, of The Blind Alley, showing the progress to date of the Extreme Makeover, Home Edition production and our deadline at about 98 hours into construction where the scale reads "Install Furniture and Design Specials".

Tami, of The Blind Alley, showing the progress to date of the Extreme Makeover, Home Edition production and our deadline at about 98 hours into construction where the scale reads "Install Furniture and Design Specials".

   Window Fashion Designers Sandie Bittner and Tami Green of The Blind Alley who were on the construction site to assist in product and color selection.

Window Fashion Designers Sandie Bittner and Tami Green of The Blind Alley who were on the construction site to assist in product and color selection.

   Sandie and Tami do their best to stay out of the way of the construction workers.

Sandie and Tami do their best to stay out of the way of the construction workers.

   Sandie helping some of the construction workers.

Sandie helping some of the construction workers.

   Michael Moloney "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" interiors/glamour designer browsing through the Hunter Douglas Provenance Woven Wood sample book.

Michael Moloney "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" interiors/glamour designer browsing through the Hunter Douglas Provenance Woven Wood sample book.

   Michael Moloney "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" interiors/glamour designer getting lots of help from Sandie and Dan of The Blind Alley and Bob Reimer of Hunter Douglas Northwest.

Michael Moloney "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" interiors/glamour designer getting lots of help from Sandie and Dan of The Blind Alley and Bob Reimer of Hunter Douglas Northwest.

   Michael Moloney "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" interiors/glamour designer poses with Bob's daughter Natalie.

Michael Moloney "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" interiors/glamour designer poses with Bob's daughter Natalie.

   Michael Moloney "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" interiors/glamour designer poses with Window Fashion Designers Sandie Bittner and Tami Green of The Blind Alley who were on the construction site to assist in product and color selection. Due to the 7-day demolition and construction schedule, all of the Hunter Douglas custom window blinds and shades were measured for, manufactured and installed in less than 24 hours!

Michael Moloney "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" interiors/glamour designer poses with Window Fashion Designers Sandie Bittner and Tami Green of The Blind Alley who were on the construction site to assist in product and color selection. Due to the 7-day demolition and construction schedule, all of the Hunter Douglas custom window blinds and shades were measured for, manufactured and installed in less than 24 hours!

  Michael Moloney "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" interiors/glamour designer poses with Sandie and Tami of The Blind Alley.

Michael Moloney "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" interiors/glamour designer poses with Sandie and Tami of The Blind Alley.

   Sandie and Tami of The Blind Alley were "slightly" starstruck with Michael Moloney "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" interiors/glamour designer.

Sandie and Tami of The Blind Alley were "slightly" starstruck with Michael Moloney "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" interiors/glamour designer.

   Dan and Matt of The Blind Alley and Bob Reimer of Hunter Douglas Northwest wait their turn to enter the house to measure for the Hunter Douglas Provenance Woven Woods and EverWood Blinds, that have to be custom manufactured and on site in less than 24 hours!

Dan and Matt of The Blind Alley and Bob Reimer of Hunter Douglas Northwest wait their turn to enter the house to measure for the Hunter Douglas Provenance Woven Woods and EverWood Blinds, that have to be custom manufactured and on site in less than 24 hours!

   Bob of Hunter Douglas Northwest and Dan of The Blind Alley finally get to measure for the Hunter Douglas Provenance Woven Woods and EverWood Blinds.

Bob of Hunter Douglas Northwest and Dan of The Blind Alley finally get to measure for the Hunter Douglas Provenance Woven Woods and EverWood Blinds.

   More measuring, got to get these right the first time!

More measuring, got to get these right the first time!

   The Blind Alley's Installers, Matt Evers and Dan Bennett, measure for the custom Hunter Douglas Provenance Woven Woods that were selected for the project.

On Monday, November 15, 2004 The Blind Alley's Installers, Matt Evers and Dan Bennett, measure for the custom Hunter Douglas Provenance Woven Woods that were selected for the project.

   Kim Hoffman and Bob Reimer of Hunter Douglas Northwest unload custom Provenance Woven Woods from one of The Blind Alley's installation vans.

On Tuesday, November 16, 2004 Kim Hoffman and Bob Reimer of Hunter Douglas Northwest unload the custom Provenance Woven Woods from one of The Blind Alley's installation vans.

   Matt Evers, of The Blind Alley, installing the custom Hunter Douglas EverWood blinds and Provenance Woven Wood shades.

Matt Evers, of The Blind Alley, installing the custom Hunter Douglas EverWood blinds and Provenance Woven Wood shades.

   Bob Reimer and Dan Bennett install the custom Hunter Douglas EverWood blinds and Provenance Woven Wood shades.

Bob Reimer and Dan Bennett also installed the custom Hunter Douglas EverWood Blinds and Provenance Woven Wood shades.

   Dan Bennett of The Blind Alley installing the custom Hunter Douglas EverWood blinds and Provenance Woven Wood shades for ABC's Extreme Makeover, Home Edition.

Dan Bennett of The Blind Alley installing the custom Hunter Douglas EverWood Blinds and Provenance Woven Wood shades for ABC's Extreme Makeover, Home Edition.

      Bob Reimer with one of the installed Hunter Douglas Provenance Woven Wood shades.

Bob Reimer with one of the installed Hunter Douglas Provenance Woven Wood shades.

   Another one of the installed Hunter Douglas Provenance Woven Wood shades.

Another one of the installed Hunter Douglas Provenance Woven Wood shades.

   More of the installed Hunter Douglas Provenance Woven Wood shades.

More of the installed Hunter Douglas Provenance Woven Wood shades.

   One of the installed Hunter Douglas EverWood blinds.

One of the installed Hunter Douglas EverWood Blinds.

   Another one of the installed Hunter Douglas Provenance Woven Wood shades.

Another one of the installed Hunter Douglas Provenance Woven Wood shades.

   Matt and Natalie, with installation completed, clear out of the the way for the final cleanup crew of Extreme Makeover, Home Edition.

Matt and Natalie, with installation completed, clear out of the the way for the final cleanup crew of Extreme Makeover, Home Edition.

   With everything ready, Bob waits for the arrival of the Dore family on the set of Extreme Makeover, Home Edition.

With everything ready, Bob waits for the arrival of the Dore family on the set of Extreme Makeover, Home Edition.

   Ty Pennington, of Extreme Makeover, Home Edition greets the Dore family.

Ty Pennington, of Extreme Makeover, Home Edition greets the Dore family.

   Roseanne Dore and her daughters view their new home for the first time with the stars and film crew of ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

Roseanne Dore and her daughters view their new home for the first time with the stars and film crew of ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

   Roseanne Dore and her daughters' new home constructed in just one week on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

Roseanne Dore and her daughters' new home constructed in just one week on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

   Roseanne Dore and her daughters' new home constructed in just one week on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

Below are some images of the finished interior and the Hunter Douglas blinds and shades furnished and installed by Hunter Douglas Northwest Fabrication and The Blind Alley:

  



  

 

  

 

  

 

  


In the premiere episode of, "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition: How'd They Do That?" on Monday, January 10, 2005, the process of the Dore' family home makeover is the subject. As with all of the intense remodeling projects the show undertakes, there is a great deal that goes on that does not make it into the final broadcast.

In the premiere episode of, "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition: How'd They Do That?" on Monday, January 10, 2005, the process of the Dore' family home makeover is the subject. As with all of the intense remodeling projects the show undertakes, there is a great deal that goes on that does not make it into the final broadcast.

   Raising three teenage girls as a widow/single mom is hard enough but, on March 6, 2004, Roseanne Dore got news that the home she and her deceased husband had built from the ground up, had just burned down.


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