Tuesday Jul 17 2012
'Ultimate Crash' crew renovates Rocklin couple's house
By: Anne Stokes, Placer Herald Correspondent
A trip to the hardware store turned into quite an adventure for Rocklin homeowners Jesus and Britni Arguelles. While shopping at Lowe?s, Jesus Arguelles was ambushed by the four hosts of the DIY Network?s show, ?The Ultimate Crash.? Jesus Arguelles, who admits he and his wife Britni are big fans of the show, said he recognized at least one of the show?s hosts walking through the store. Nevertheless, he was stunned when they approached him. ?I was in shock, I was really, really nervous,? he said. ?I was pretty surprised actually.? The DIY Network has a line-up of home improvement shows, including several varieties of ?Crashers:? House Crashers, Yard Crashers, Bath Crashers, and Kitchen Crashers, each with its own theme and host. In each episode, the unsuspecting homeowner is surprised with a professional three-day renovation as well as lessons on how to improve their homes themselves. Jesus Arguelles, who works for the state of California, and Britni, a former pastry chef now stay-at-home-mother of two, were the lucky recipients of ?The Ultimate Crash,? last week. Crews arrived to renovate the house, yard, bath and kitchen over three days. ?It?s an amazing experience and we?re so lucky to have it done to our home,? said Britni Arguelles. ?We feel very fortunate. Any update is awesome, but to have four areas of our house done in such a short period of time, it?s pretty fun.? She was also proud that she poured concrete and learned to weld. Aside from the show?s four hosts, the main licensed general contractors and subcontractors came from the greater Sacramento area. Approximately 100 workers, along with about 20 family friends and relatives joined in the renovation ? despite the 100-plus degree temperatures. Casey Cox, a contractor with Fore Seasons Landscape in Roseville, has been working with the show for a few years. He revamped the Arguelles? backyard ? adding a rock wall, a cobblestone patio, a new irrigation system, and planting of new vegetation. He said the biggest challenge was working with a crowd. ?It?s pretty much chaos because it?s not like a regular job where I just have just my crew,? Cox said. ?There?s [several] other crews here at the same time, so we?re trying not to step on each other. And then we only get three days to build it.? General contractor Drew Hayes, of Hayes Construction out of Woodland, renovated the master bathroom. He was excited to be a first-timer on the ?set.? ?It is very challenging. I?ve done remodels many times, but I?ve never done them in three days, and I?ve never done it with a camera crew,? he explained. "In a remodel like this there are multiple challenges. The secret is to have good guys who know what they?re doing and who work well together. I just met these people last week, and we?re getting together very well.? Overall, the surprise renovation was a positive experience for the Arguelles. ?Thank you to our neighbors and all of our helpers, all our friends and family, Britni Arguelles said. ?They?ve been really supportive.? ?I just think it?s amazing,? added her husband, Jesus Arguelles. ?They?re such a great group of people ? really kind and nice and working really hard on a hot week.? The episode featuring the renovation of the Rocklin home will air on the DIY Network on Jan. 1, 2013.