Contractor pitches in to help family in need.

LIVERMORE, Calif. - The ABC television show "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" received a helping hand from Rick Falke, owner of Turlok, Calif.-based Wally Falke's Air Conditioning.

The series provides a complete home remodel to families in need. Falke was contacted to help in the renovation of the Cadigan-Scott family home. The two oldest daughters in the family, Jennifer, 23, and Janice, 21, moved in to the family home and took legal guardianship of their brother and five sisters when their mother and father died.

However, improvements were needed on the run-down, 1,400-square-foot home. Part of those improvements included replacing the home's 35-year-old furnace.

"It (the HVAC system) didn't really go throughout the whole house," said Janice Cadigan-Scott.

To update the home's HVAC system, general contractor Dave Marcotte contacted Falke. The project had to be completed quickly, but Falke and his crew were up to the challenge.

"We were really overwhelmed and really motivated," he said. "Normally, it would take a week or a week and a half to complete a job this size."

Falke and his five-man crew worked three 16-hour days in order to get the job done on time. The furnace was replaced with a York Diamond 95 Ultra variable-speed gas unit that was installed in the attic to conserve space. A York Stealth Series high-efficiency central air conditioner was installed outside, and features twin single-compressor technology, which the company says increases energy efficiency and reduces operating costs.

The family also received a zoning system. The house consists of seven zones, one in the main living area and the rest are in the bedrooms. Falke designed the system using Right-Suite Residential design software.

In addition to a new HVAC system, the Cadigan-Scott family also found an additional 1,000 square feet of living space. The home redesign included seven new bedrooms and two full bathrooms.