Extreme Makeover Home Edition Update: Two Years Later

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By Rachel Begle

WEST UNION, Iowa - Audrey Gibbs and her family got a surprise in 2011 when they were given a new house from the TV show Extreme Makeover Home Edition. She says she has had to learn how to care for the plants and flowers planted at the new home. She also has her massage business in her Extreme Makeover home, which surprises some of her clients that don’t know her house was a part of the series.
“There's some people who have come here not knowing it was an Extreme House and they just think, ‘Oh they're rich and everything,’ and I'm like no we're just still average down to earth paycheck-to-paycheck,” says Gibbs.

She says some people who helped build the home that live in Des Moines and Minneapolis are still clients at her massage business.

One of the features of her new home Audrey appreciates the most is the extra room.

“It's been neat to finally find out who did what, what they worked on, how they did it, because we weren't here so we have no clue,” says Gibbs. “It would have been nice to have a list of who did what, but it's been very interesting.”

She says shortly after her family moved into their new home she went to Joplin to rebuild homes destroyed by tornados because she wanted to pass along the kindness of those who helped build her home.
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