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A&E Sell This House: Extreme

May, 11 By Chandlee

I was flipping through the tv channels this morning avoiding the usual Saturday morning programs when I came across a show I had not seen in a while; A&E’s Sell This House: Extreme. This episode was a renovation of a house located in the Atlanta area and since I grew up in Atlanta this peaked my interest. To my surprise it featured an Atlanta retail construction firm I had heard of – Chandlee and Sons Construction Company! I first spotted Jim Chandlee, the senior of this father and son contracting company, as he marked measurements on an existing wall for the cut out of a new door. A bit later in this three day remodel of the kitchen, dining and living spaces I saw both Jim and his partner and son, Seth, as they filled a kerosene heater to be placed in the new space to dry the sheet rock overnight.

It was exciting to see what Seth and Jim and their crew and sub contractors did with the plans Charlie, Tanya and Daniel had devised to transform this very dated one level home into a modern and inviting place for everyday living.

I was flipping through the tv channels this morning avoiding the usual Saturday morning programs when I came across a show I had not seen in a while; A&E’s Sell This House: Extreme. This episode was a renovation of a house located in the Atlanta area and since I grew up in Atlanta this peaked my interest. To my surprise it featured an Atlanta retail construction firm I had heard of – Chandlee and Sons Construction Company! I first spotted Jim Chandlee, the senior of this father and son contracting company, as he marked measurements on an existing wall for the cut out of a new door. A bit later in this three day remodel of the kitchen, dining and living spaces I saw both Jim and his partner and son, Seth, as they filled a kerosene heater to be placed in the new space to dry the sheet rock overnight.

It was exciting to see what Seth and Jim and their crew and sub contractors did with the plans Charlie, Tanya and Daniel had devised to transform this very dated one level home into a modern and inviting place for everyday living.

As the appliances were being installed and the home was being staged for its open house, Charlie ran into a serious problem with the installation of the glass and stainless steel range hood. The glass portion of the hood was just a bit too wide to fit between the newly installed upper cabinets. While the sub contractors were on the phone looking for a glass cutter, Daniel decided they would have to somehow “trim” the cabinets on each side to make it fit. Seth Chandlee came up with the idea of cutting a channel from front to back on both the left and right cabinets. This would enable the edge of the glass to be inserted into the channel and gently pushed back against the wall. But who was going to make the cuts?

The pressure was on because the open house was scheduled just a few hours away. Daniel said with a sense of humor it would take a feather light touch with a router to make these two cuts and that Charlie would not be able to do that! They turned and looked at Seth just as his project foreman said he did not want to do it either. So Seth took the router and cut two perfectly level channels on both the left and right cabinets. The installers then carefully slid the range hood into place. Now it looked like it was purposely designed this way! Wow! Everyone breathed a sigh of relief and the staging could be completed in time for the prospective buyers to come through the home.

I know why they call this show extreme and why the production crew and show hosts were very glad they had chosen the experienced construction team of Seth and Jim Chandlee! They are experienced and can think on their feet. Too bad this firm can’t travel with the show.

As the appliances were being installed and the home was being staged for its open house, Charlie ran into a serious problem with the installation of the glass and stainless steel range hood. The glass portion of the hood was just a bit too wide to fit between the newly installed upper cabinets. While the sub contractors were on the phone looking for a glass cutter, Daniel decided they would have to somehow “trim” the cabinets on each side to make it fit. Seth Chandlee came up with the idea of cutting a channel from front to back on both the left and right cabinets. This would enable the edge of the glass to be inserted into the channel and gently pushed back against the wall. But who was going to make the cuts?

The pressure was on because the open house was scheduled just a few hours away. Daniel said with a sense of humor it would take a feather light touch with a router to make these two cuts and that Charlie would not be able to do that! They turned and looked at Seth just as his project foreman said he did not want to do it either. So Seth took the router and cut two perfectly level channels on both the left and right cabinets. The installers then carefully slid the range hood into place. Now it looked like it was purposely designed this way! Wow! Everyone breathed a sigh of relief and the staging could be completed in time for the prospective buyers to come through the home.

I know why they call this show extreme and why the production crew and show hosts were very glad they had chosen the experienced construction team of Seth and Jim Chandlee! They are experienced and can think on their feet. Too bad this firm can’t travel with the show.

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