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Lowcountry home makeover revealed

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The building of the home was sponsored by H2 Builders. (Valencia Wicker/WCIV) The building of the home was sponsored by H2 Builders. (Valencia Wicker/WCIV)

By Valencia Wicker

BEAUFORT, S.C. (WCIV) -- A Lowcountry family has gotten the gift of a lifetime.

On Tuesday a Beaufort military family was shown its new home -- courtesy of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition."

It was a reveal the Dickinson family couldn't have imagined and made possible the love of a friend.

"It hasn't really hit me until today," said family friend Sarah Caldwell. "Like the magnitude of everything... Because I just sent an email. I just did a friend a favor."

Caldwell's favor turned into a 4,000 square foot dream home for Staff Sgt. Bill Dickinson, his wife India and their children.

"I wrote about the family, and the size of the family living in a small home," Caldwell said. "I wrote about the baby being sick and being allergic to the mold."

Just days ago the family was living in a home with cracked floors and water damage - no longer a burden now, for a family worlds apart.

"She doesn't have to worry about things when her husband is gone. And I think that's really the good part of it. He was so worried about his little girl while he's in Afghanistan."

In just 7 days local builders tore down the family's old home and built a new one - a plantation style home with six bedrooms.

"They will all have their own room," said Michelle Whiting, the sister of --- Dickinson.  "And, that's just huge because they've had to all share, which they did gladly. But, now it's going to be a huge new life for them."

The full reveal of the Dickinson home will air on ABC News 4 in March.

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