ACU alum chosen to design house for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Posted December 09, 2011

Donovan Davis, an alumnus of ACU, has been chosen to design a house for the popular ABC program Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. The Zdroj family of Smithville in Bastrop County was surprised with a door knock on Dec. 7 and, after they were whisked off to NYC for a surprise vacation, construction began immediately. The keys to the house will be given to the family on Wednesday, Dec. 14.

The Zdrojs are one of more than 1,300 families who lost their house to the wildfires that swept across Texas in September. Mizzy Zdroj is part of the Heart of Pines Volunteer Fire Department and battled the fires while her own home was destroyed. The Zdrojs not only lost their house and content, but also the family’s source of income when Mizzy’s farm and art studio went up in flames.

The show chose the builder, EFC Custom Homes, who in turn chose Davis to design the house.

"I worked with an experienced team from the show to come up with the design for the family," Davis said. "It has been a lot of fun and the people have been great to work with."

Davis received his associate's at ACU in 1977 before continuing his education at Texas Tech, where he graduated from in 1979 with two degrees in mechanical engineering and architecture. He now lives in Austin with his family, where he is a partner at Danze & Davis Architects, Inc.

Check out the show's website, and follow the build on Twitter, Facebook and the daily blog.