'Extreme' Recipient Shows Off Dream Home

Bernard McFarland Reflects On 'Extreme Makeover' Experience

The recipient of Indianapolis' "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" home is still basking in the glow of the good fortune that his years of hard work helped earn.

In a one-on-one talk with 6News' Todd Wallace, McFarland admitted that he sometimes thinks the whole ordeal might be a dream.

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"I still get up at night and I walk around and say, 'I actually live in this house,'" McFarland said.

McFarland spends his life giving back to the community. He never sought the spotlight, but it came to him in a whirlwind of activity that he's still adjusting to.

One week after a knock at the door from the show, McFarland first laid eyes on his new home.

"That was like a divine, out of body experience," McFarland said. "I felt like my body was already running."

Overcome by joy, McFarland really did run down the street, and he's hardly slowed down since then as he adjusts to the 2,500-square-foot home.

The kitchen features granite countertops, high ceilings and lighted cabinets. There's a spacious, beautifully decorated living room.

McFarland's favorite spot is the family room, where he keeps a collection of his family's history.

"(It has) different artifacts from my old house," he said. "They made a collage, and I thought the designers did an excellent job."

McFarland considers his three boys -- Dominique, Curtis and Courtney -- his real treasures.

The new house is the centerpiece of the Martindale-Brightwood neighborhood. Because of constant attention in the days after the show left, McFarland held a news conference that included statements that some saw as verging on ungrateful.

"This is an overwhelming process. All of this was explained to me, but you don't understand a lot of it until you're involved in it," he said in that April 13 news conference.

"A lot of people took that like I was being negative and ungrateful," McFarland said. "But I never was trying to be ungrateful."

McFarland said personal demands on him at that time had become difficult to bear. He's going to graduate school, working full time and raising his three children.

McFarland still finds time for a little fun. He challenged Wallace to a game of horse on a new basketball court adjacent to the home.

McFarland said his passion of helping people hasn't changed, but he's still coming to grips to the help that came to him.

"I mean, you can't do anything but say, 'Lord, I thank you,'" he said.