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February 29, 2012 edition of the Sooke News Mirror

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  • BAND FIELD TRIP The band students at

    Journey are raising funds for a trip to Vancouver.

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    EMCS GAMEStudents from the EMCS

    hockey academy prevail over teachers.

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    Your community, your classi eds P24 75Wednesday, FEBRUARY 29, 2012

    Editorial Page 8 Entertainment Page 13Sports/stats Page 27

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    SOOKESOOKE NEWS 2010 WINNERM I R R O RMassive Moves tv show features local homePirjo RaitsSooke News Mirror

    Some events are so amaz-ing that they just have to be captured on film. This pastFebruary HGTV has been broadcasting the show Mas-sive Moves, a show about moving companies mov-ing massive objects. One of these objects is the home of Barb and Red Reuther, a luxurious home originally from West Vancouver. Their show segment, Pacific Pal-ace, is currently running several times a month. Itwas filmed by Windfall Films from the United Kingdom.

    When asked if they would be willing to have the movefilmed, the film company said it would be, for fameno fortune.

    The 34,000 sq. foot home was hauled by barge from the ocean front in West Van-couver across Georgia Strait to the Strait of Juan Fuca and then into Sooke Harbour.

    The movers, Nickel Broth-ers, were also the sellers as they are in the home salvageand moving business.

    The guy who owned it wanted to recycle it, said Barb Reuther. We were the fourth bidder on it. They looked over the house sev-eral times before making a bid on it. It wasnt the clas-sic house they thought they wanted, but Barb said, the kids loved it.

    She said the house has had a lot of renovations done on it over the years including $300,000 in 1992 and $1-million in 2002. It was designed by architect Russell Hollingsworth and is a very well built house. The home is now being

    renovated by the Reuthers and they figure they will spend upwards of $250,000 in renovations on top of the $145,000 they paid for the house. The $145,000 included the cost of moving the house from West Van-couver to their water front site in Saseenos.

    Red is doing as much of the work as he can and he has help from one of his sons, but he had to contract out the foundation work, which proved to be expen-sive as they had to raise the house three-and-a-half feet

    due to potential flooding along the water.

    While all manner of things could have gone wrong in the move, nothing drastic happened although there were some tense moments when the chain cracked as the house was being pulled off the barge.

    Its amazing they can move a house like this, said Red. It was an incredible feat, incredible engineering.

    Nickel Brothers used 20 hydraulic jacks to move the

    house.The house, once all the

    renovations are done, will be 5,100 sq. feet on three floors. The house is 30.5 feet wide and 69 feet long.

    Work is ongoing but tour-ing the house revealed a home that is still incredibly up-to-date with marble floors and tiles throughout, tons of storage, expansive windows on two levels complete with automatic blinds, great appliances, granite coun-tertops and a whole host of other high-end finishings. The house has three bed-rooms, each with en-suite bathrooms, and a playroom any kid would love. The old garage is destined to be an all-purpose room. The house has good bones.

    The Reuthers have become minor celebrities

    in Sooke and when they go to the store people rec-ognize them from Massive Moves. They are pretty real-istic about it all but they did send out notices to all theirfriends and family about the show.

    They thought it was awe-some, said Barb.

    She said other people ask about doing the same thing moving a house and her advise is, it needs to be a good quality house we went in kind of blind.

    All in all they are pleased with the move, the progress on the house and the beau-tiful home they will enjoy after all the work is com-plete.

    So they have it the fame and the film producers were correct no fortune.

    Pirjo Raits photos

    The house being moved by barge along the Strait of Juan de Fuca lastsummer, above; right, Barb and Red Reuther, in front of their new home and their old one. Far right, the house on the lot with the new ground floor. Bottom, one of the marbled bathrooms.

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