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

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Ply Gem Windows Mira™ Premium Series new construction windows and patio doors used in home built for “Boys Hope-Girls Hope” organization by Excel Homes and the Maryland Community Builders’ Foundation. 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.

The "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" Baltimore home is a hybrid of modular and traditional stick building and is a balanced mix of traditional and contemporary. Photo credit: Larry Canner Photography.

“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.

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" 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 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 home is a hybrid of modular and traditional “stick” building and is a balanced mix of traditional and contemporary. 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 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.

For more information, please visit http://www.plygemwindows.com.

About Ply Gem
Ply Gem, headquartered in Cary, N.C., is a leading manufacturer of residential exterior building products in North America. Ply Gem produces a comprehensive product line of vinyl siding, designer accents and skirting, vinyl fencing and vinyl and composite railing, stone veneer and vinyl windows and doors used in both new construction and home repair and remodeling in the United States and Western Canada. Ply Gem siding brands include Mastic® Home Exteriors, Variform®, NAPCO®, Ply Gem® Stone, Kroy®, Cellwood®, Georgia Pacific, DuraBuilt®, Richwood®, Leaf Relief® and Monticello® Columns. Ply Gem also manufactures vinyl and aluminum soffit and siding accessories, aluminum trim coil, wood windows, aluminum windows, vinyl and aluminum-clad windows and steel and fiberglass doors. Ply Gem windows and patio door brands include Ply Gem® Windows, Ply Gem® Canada and Great Lakes® Window. The Company’s brands are sold through short-line and two-step distributors, pro dealers, home improvement dealers and big box retailers. Ply Gem employs more than 4,500 people across North America. Visit http://www.plygem.com for more information.

About "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition"
The Emmy award winning reality program “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” now entering its 8th season, is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. It’s executive-produced by Brady Connell and George Verschoor. David Goldberg is Chairman, Endemol North America. The show airs Sundays from 8:00-9:00 p.m., ET on ABC.

About Excel Homes Group LLC
Based in Camp Hill, PA, Excel Homes Group, LLC is the largest custom modular home manufacturer in the United States and builds modules in climate-controlled plants in Liverpool, PA and Avis, PA. For more information about Excel Homes, visit http://www.excelhomes.com.

About The Maryland Community Builders’ Foundation
The Maryland Community Builders Foundation, founded in 1999, is the charitable arm of the Home Builders Association of Maryland. It was formed to promote shelter related activities for those less fortunate throughout the Baltimore region. To find out more, please visit http://www.buildingindustriesfoundation.org.

About the Home Builders Association of Maryland
The Home Builders Association of Maryland is a not-for-profit association that provides governmental relations, educational opportunities and generally functions as a housing industry advocate. Visit http://www.homebuilders.org for more information.

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