This spring, a Victor Valley resident's family will be appear on international television, as the recipient of a new home on ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.


But first, the house has to be built.


Monday morning, more than 100 area construction industry workers gathered in the sanctuary of High Desert Church in Victorville in a combination of pep rally and recruitment drive by the reality show's production team.


"What I love about this show is everybody thinks this show is about the house," executive producer Conrad Ricketts told the builders, plumbers, framers and others in attendance. "This show is about more than a house. It's about what we believe in."


The reality show centers on dramatic home renovations for deserving families. The show is seen in 69 countries with a potential audience of 1 billion.


Who will be receiving the new home -- the show's 140th such renovation -- won't be known until Saturday morning, when the show's host, Ty Pennington, tells the family that they've been selected. (Pennington was not on hand Monday after High Desert Church. The show creates two houses simultaneously, meaning that he flies back and forth between the houses as work advances at each site.) The house will be unveiled on February 7.


Ricketts acknowledged that a great deal has changed in the construction industry since the show first aired as a special in December 2003.


"There are people in this room having trouble paying their own mortgage," he said. "There are people in this room who are having trouble putting food on their table. But they're willing to come here and volunteer their labor."


Ricketts stressed that while safety and quality will be paramount for all those working on the house, speed will also be a priority.


"We call it 'vertical building.' We have 106 hours. So we're going to stack you on top of each other," he said. "It's kind of like childbirth or warfare. You just have to go through it to understand it."


Even as Victor Valley construction workers signed up to volunteer in the church's lobby following the pep rally, several local companies have already signed on: Murphy Home Construction and Steeno Design Studio, both based in Hesperia, have been involved in planning the renovation since December.


The Baldy View chapter of the Building Industry Association is also recruiting additional volunteers. Producers are still looking for wallpaper hangers, carpenters with furniture-making experience, home goods and drywall installers and more.


"After the house you build yourself with your own two hands, this is the most important house you'll ever build," Ricketts said.


For information, or to volunteer, visit www.BIABuild.com/extreme.


Beau Yarbrough can be reached at 956-7108 or at beau@hesperiastar.com.