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This Old House

How does This Old House select project houses?

This Old House chooses two projects each season.

The fall project is usually located in or around our base of Boston, so that the crew can stay close to home for a significant part of the season.

The winter project is generally located in a mild climate where outdoor work may be undertaken during the winter months.

The renovations are completely funded by the homeowners and not by This Old House, though the show arranges for product discounts and donations where possible. All donated items are considered gifts and the homeowners pay taxes on them.

To submit your project write to us at:


Project Proposals
This Old House Productions
PO Box 130
Concord, MA 01742-0130

Your proposal should include the following information:

Do not send videos.

Please note: No responsibility is assumed for proposals that are lost, damaged, postage-due or misdirected mail and none will be returned. All submitted materials become the property of This Old House Ventures, Inc.

Where can I find information on past This Old House projects?
To learn more about current and past projects, visit TV House Projects on this site. You'll find show descriptions, house tours, floor plans, house resources, and feature articles.

Can you help me solve a problem with my old house?
Due to the volume of mail we get, we simply can't provide individual answers to project questions. We do have a couple of suggestions for you:

First, try submitting your question to Ask This Old House

Also, visit your local hardware store or home center and talk with one of the sales representatives for help with do-it-yourself projects. If you need professional help, the store is a good place to get a referral. You can also talk with the owners of other houses you've seen under renovation to find out whether they were satisfied with their contractor. It's always a good idea to check the references of any candidate thoroughly.

You can also check out our Home Renovators' Forum, where you can pose your question to other homeowners and do-it-yourselfers and learn tips and techniques from their experiences.

We also send out a weekly e-mail newsletter with links to articles that answer frequently asked questions. If you don't currently receive it, sign up here. It's free, and it's a good way to get news, updates, and additional tips and advice from us.

Where can I find an item or supplier I saw on the show?
Check our online Resource Directory for materials, contractors, suppliers, and installers for our current and past projects. If you don't know the house project that featured a resource, then check out our show descriptions online for detailed descriptions of recent episodes.

Can you help me find a contractor, supplier, or architect in my area?
Unfortunately, we can't respond to requests to recommend contractors, suppliers, or architects in specific geographic areas. Check our Resource Directory for manufacturer's names; they can often refer you to local sources. We also suggest you visit home supply and hardware stores and lumber yards in your area and talk to other homeowners nearby who are renovating their homes.

When does This Old House air in my state?
Please visit our online TV schedule and select your state on the pull-down bar to see the day and time that This Old House airs in your area.

What is the This Old House theme music?
This Old House now has its own original theme music, composed by Peter Bell and called simply "This Old House '97." You'll hear it on PBS when you're watching episodes of the current project house, or when you're watching This Old House Classics on one of our syndication channels. When you watch older episodes of This Old House on PBS you're hearing our previous theme music, which was the opening bars of "Louisiana Fairy Tale," written by Haven Gillespie, with lyrics by Mitchell Parish and J. Fred Coots, and recorded by Fats Waller in 1935.

Where's Steve Thomas?
After 14 years as host of This Old House and contributing to the successful debut of the new series, Ask This Old House, Steve decided to explore other opportunities and begin a new chapter in his life. Although we were sorry to see Steve depart in 2003, we're excited for him and wish him well. His departure was completely voluntary.

How can I contact the crew? Can I get an autographed photo of them?
All mail for the crew, including requests for photos and autographs, should be sent to This Old House, 135 West 50th St, 10th floor, New York, NY 10020.

Can I visit former This Old House projects?
We do not give out the address of houses featured on our program. The houses that This Old House renovates are privately owned and the owners want to reclaim their privacy after appearing on the show.

Where can I get information about the Ask This Old House show?
Visit our list of Frequently Asked Questions about This Old House.

What is This Old House Online's Privacy Policy?
Please read our privacy statement.

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