OLSEN: It was a very big undertaking and, that being said, it obviously, I mean I thought it was one of the best experiences of my life. I mean it really is a test of of the ability and the capabilities and I think it was a true testament to a lot of the people that we do a lot of work with. A lot of the subcontractors and suppliers that worked on that project with us ya know they worked, I can’t count how many, during an economic downturn like we were facing at the time one of our biggest concerns was are we gonna get enough people to volunteer ta pull this off. And I can’t count how many times I had a subcontractor tell me or a material supplier tell me, you know, I would not be doing this if it weren’t for Heartaway. And just because of the relationship we’ve got with a lot of those subcontractors and I think it was a great experience for us working with them and I think it really turned out to be a great experience for everybody. You know I don’t know that there’s a whole lot of people, companies, groups that could have pulled that project off. There was some stuff on there that the TV show doesn’t talk about and that the behind the scenes doesn’t talk about. There was a lot of difficulties that we faced getting that thing done. And we owe it to a lot of those subs that did it with us. I mean there were a lot of people that really stepped up. And it is a true testament to the construction community for the Nashville and middle Tennessee area what was able to happen there on that project site. I mean I know they do these projects all over the country, but not like the one that we did. Theirs is typically a house, and there is not the site work required and there is a lot of additional requirements on a commercial projects that aren’t required on their projects but we didn’t you know we weren’t given any extra time . So, you can ask Darryl about the bio-swell. He’s a big fan of the bio retention ponds and that made the project a great project there in-and-of itself.
SCOTT: Tell me a little about those I want to know what those are.
ETHERIDGE: We had a bio-retention area that obviously the like the Home Makeover guys had never been a part of and to tell you the truth I’ve been a involved with retention ponds detention ponds and things of that nature for storm water run-off. This particular area was a bio-retention area you know metro storm water had specifics on how it was to be constructed. I think we didn’t even start it ‘til Friday morning the day they were supposed to move in. It was constructed pretty quick, put some river rock in it. Of course the drawings called for mulch. River rock’s a better product, would last longer everything else…
OLSEN: Well the intent of the pond, is for storm water run-off, it’ll filter through a special mix of soil and sand and vegetation. And the point behind it is that with all these new design ideas and criteria and all the sustainability and this that and the other and water you know purification. It takes the storm water and it’s a way of filtering that storm water before it’s released back into the water system. So, versus going just through storm water system and back into the river it’s a way to filter that water by going through this special mix of soil and vegetation. But it’s a relatively new process but it’s something that codes are starting to require more and more for certain types of sites. And this was and you know we had our fingers crossed that we wouldn’t have to do one but the problem I think the big problem here was that we couldn’t start ‘til a certain time because there was water lines, and there was this that and the other that all ran underneath where this pond had to go not to mention all the reinforced concrete pipes for the storm water system.
ETHERIDGE: That one pond just became a nightmare.
SCOTT: What does it look like? Does it look like a regular…
ETHERIDGE: It looks like a little swell, something like that. Like a little pond, little pond.
SCOTT: Oh OK.
OLSEN: Yeah, It doesn’t look like an actual pond. It’s not like a cute little fishing cove.
SCOTT: The kids aren’t down there playing in it.
ETHERIDGE & OLSEN: No.
OLSEN: It basically just looks like a little low ground in the grass with a little bit of vegetation and some trees and bushes, is basically the intent of it or the look of it but…
SCOTT: And you guys got it done in one day?
ETHERIDGE: um, the first time. We actually had to rework that numerous times after the show left. You know we received a temporary UNO for the lighthouse to move in you know the day they, Move the Bus, but we had to work with storm water to make sure we got this thing just right.
Excerpted from: Daryl Etheridge and Bryon Olsen Oral History Interview. Born-digital recording(s) converted to mp3 format for online access in 2012 from 16bit 44.1khz WAV file archival master recording.