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Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

It all began with a television producer’s phone call asking KraftMaid to help a deserving family in need of a fresh start. Seasons later, we are proud to remain the exclusive cabinetry provider of ABC’s award-winning program, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

Season 5

Episode 16The Gilyeat Family

Daniel Gilyeat always wanted a better life for himself, so he thought defending his country and serving in the US marine corp. would give him just that. He met his wife in the marines and shortly after they were married. They started a family and bought a home in Kansas City, Kansas. In 2003, Daniel was called up for duty and went over to Iraq to serve his country. While out on a mission, a bomb hit his truck and he suffered major injuries and lost his left leg above the knee.

When Daniel returned home, his marriage as well as his home was in disrepair. His wife put them into debt, almost put their house into foreclosure, and then handed him divorce papers. Daniel is now determined to raise his children and inspire others to overcome tragedy. The house is not wheelchair accessible, and with his disability Daniel has done everything he can to make this tiny home work for his family. In this episode the Extreme Team travels to Kansas to give this courageous veteran a new start and in a new home.

Beginning in the kitchen, the Gilyeat’s new home was designed with KraftMaid custom cabinetry. Birch wood cabinets were chosen for the kitchen, stained in Caramel, a warm golden finish, with Aged Bronze pulls and knobs accenting the doors. In the laundry room, Chocolate Glaze was applied to the cherry wood cabinetry and Weathered Iron hardware embellished the room.

Peppercorn was the chosen finish for Daniel’s new master bath, where the deep hue was offset by Orient glass inserts. Aluminum Whistle door knobs adorned the cabinet doors and drawers, pulling together the elegance of the cherry wood. Finally, the two children’s bathrooms were designed with the clean look of Natural stained maple cabinets and completed with Stainless Steel Bar pulls and knobs.

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