'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition': Table with family crest honoring Nick's late wife is highlight of the episode
Nick Reeder lost his wife minutes after she gave birth to their twin daughters
Fire department captain Nick Reeder from Clovis, California, has a lot on his plate. His life turned upside down within a matter of minutes when a few years ago his wife, Amanda Sawyer, passed away, giving birth to their twin daughters. Quite obviously, it crushed his spirit but that didn't stop him from shouldering his responsibilities as a father and a fireman. But he knew that with three kids in the house and his mother helping him raise them, he'd soon need a house bigger than their 900 square feet home.
To ensure that the family gets their fresh start, the design team — Darren Keefe, Breegan Jane, and Carrie Locklyn — and special guest Jasmine Roth of 'Hidden Potential' got together to build them a new abode in keeping with the mountain rustic style. The finished product was loved by all but the farmhouse table was the highlight of the show. And it had nothing to do with how massive it was.
Nick appreciated the white rose engraved in the crest to honor Amanda. It was indeed a very special touch to a 10x4 ft table. "As a designer, that rustic look really speaks to me. So, that reclaimed wood, texture, the look...that's what I wanted to use," Darren elaborated on his idea and added that the Lazor-etched emblem on the table was one of the most unique features of the table.
But creating such a masterpiece wasn't easy. Both Darren and Jasmine had a hard time figuring out how to get rid of a knot (visible wooden imperfections that are mostly circular in shape and dark in color) on the table. "The knot provided an interesting placement challenge for Jasmine and I," Darren pointed out. Later, the two were able to decide that the emblem could go on one end of the table and wouldn't look off. The team finally set up the table and Carrie was in awe of the beautiful piece of art they had pulled off together. This was indeed a design to be remembered in times to come.
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