Ply Gem Windows Mira Premium Series Selected for Season 8 Premiere of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, the Largest House in Show’s History

Extreme Makeover Home Edition Baltimore

Key messages:

  • Ply Gem Windows Mira™ Premium Series new construction windows and patio doors used in Extreme Makeover: Home Edition home built by Excel Homes and the Maryland Community Builders’ Foundation for the “Boys Hope-Girls Hope” organization.
  • Aluminum clad-wood windows meet 2010 ENERGY STAR® guidelines and are made with Low-E glass to help improve overall comfort and efficiency in the home.
  • Windows and doors enhance contemporary and traditional architectural styling of home.

Cary, N.C. (September 27, 2010) - Ply Gem Windows, a leading manufacturer of window and door products for the residential new construction and replacement market, was selected by leading modular builder, Excel Homes, to supply 83 windows and 15 patio doors for the Season 8 premiere of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition for a project in Baltimore, Md. The makeover reveal aired on ABC on Sunday, September 26, 2010.

The largest home in the show’s history, at more than 11,000 square feet, was built by leading modular builder, Excel Homes and the Maryland Community Builders’ Foundation, the charitable arm of the Home Builders Association of Maryland, with the help of Artisan Fine Homes. The home is a hybrid of modular and traditional “stick” building and is a balanced mix of traditional and modern. The brick front of the home represents the look of historic Baltimore row homes, while the arched roof and back of the home mimics the look of the National Aquarium in Baltimore.

The windows and doors donated for this home enhance the architectural styling on both the traditional and contemporary portions. For the traditional section, double hung, casement and transom windows with white exteriors and colonial simulated-divided-lite grilles were installed, while the contemporary section incorporates casement, fixed and eyebrow units with black exteriors. French and fixed panel doors are integrated throughout.

The home was constructed for Girls Hope, a part of the“Boys Hope-Girls Hope” organization. The non-profit organization provides homes and opportunities for promising inner city youth, helping them to achieve their maximum potential and nurturing a community’s future. In Baltimore, there was only a Boys Hope home so the organization purchased a parcel of land near Boys Hope to build a similar Girls Hope home. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition helped the organization make their dream a reality by building a nine bedroom, three-floor home on the lot. 

“It is an honor for Ply Gem Windows to have helped build a home where the young women of Girls Hope in Baltimore can thrive,” said Chris Pickering, vice president, marketing, Ply Gem windows. “With both traditional and contemporary architecture, the home really captures the beauty and versatility of the Ply Gem Windows Mira Premium Series. We are humbled to be a part of this project that goes well beyond its function and provides an inspiring environment that mimics the positive transition for these young women.”

The Ply Gem Windows donated for the Baltimore Extreme Makeover: Home Edition project are aluminum clad-wood new construction windows and doors from the Ply Gem Windows Mira Premium Series. Select styles meet ENERGY STAR guidelines and come standard with Low-E glass and argon-gas fill for increased energy efficiency. Additionally, all Ply Gem windows and patio doors are NAHB (National Association of Home Builders) Research Center Green Approved.

Crafted for performance and value, the Ply Gem Windows deliver an array of high quality solutions for new construction and remodeling projects, providing builders with the selection of material and style options needed to satisfy any customer demand.