A large family living in a small home can be reason enough to need a renovation. The Lutz family, however, also had to factor in that six of the children are living with Down’s syndrome. They needed to ensure that the children grew up with a space that is safe for everyone. ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” decided to give this deserving family a new home for the children to blossom, while maintaining a safe environment for them. As the family explained, they can’t often leave the house, making it difficult for them to see the world. Host Ty Pennington decided to bring the world to them. By giving the family a safe oasis filled with rooms that are culturally entertaining, Kathleen gratefully exclaimed after the renovation that it is now “so much easier for [me] and John to make a better life for them.”
Giving their children a better life meant putting safety on the forefront of the renovation plans. “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” teamed up with Rubber-Cal to install flooring that would ensure that safety was paid its due attention. Terra-Flex, an eco-friendly rubber tile, was installed in multiple rooms throughout the home. This tile floor was ideal for the Lutz family because they can run around and have fun while maintaining a proper level of safety due to the rubber’s naturally anti-slip surface and resiliency against heavy foot traffic. Not only are these interlocking rubber floors safe and durable, but they are also easy to install. Putting the pieces of this floor together are comparable to building a puzzle since the pieces all fit together with interlocking edges on all four sides. This creates a simple way to replace any pieces that may become damaged without having to endure the costs of replacing an entire room’s flooring. Not only are they safe for the homeowners and easy to install, but they are also visually appealing given their earthy tones that are not often found in rubber products. With neutral tones, they complement any home décor.
Upon arriving to their newly renovated home, the Lutz family was in shock of what “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” was able to accomplish for them. Not only were they able to bring the world to them through culturally entertaining décor, but they were also able to provide their family with a safe and positive environment in which they can continue to grow both physically and as a family unit.