It was just a quick phone call, but it sure changed the life of Carlton Construction Company, located in Visalia, Calif.
Asked to do the decorative concrete work for an episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, cousins Doug and Scott Carlton thought it sounded like a worthwhile project. Their work on the show, seen by more than 13 million viewers, led to a flurry of media attention in the state of California — and an invitation to participate in four of next season’s shows.
Doug Carlton says that the show’s producers were thrilled to discover decorative concrete because it can have so many different looks. “Decorative concrete is coming into its own,” he says. “We’re proud to be representing the industry.”
Carlton Concrete did the work on a volunteer basis — part of the complete refurbishing of a home for eight kids whose parents had both recently died. “We got to visit the family afterwards,” Carlton says. “As we walked up the driveway, I looked at the front steps we had poured and there were eight pairs of white tennis shoes sitting there.
“I have young children too. It does make you feel good to be part of this.”