What We're Looking For:
The This Old House TV crew is seeking vibrant families with old houses in need of renovation, with plenty of features to save and update. From classic Federal-style homes, to ornate Victorians, the series accepts proposals for all housing types, styles and neighborhoods. The ideal project would feature an addition and/or renovation—less than the whole house, but more than just a few rooms—and should already be underway with architectural plans and/or have the ability to be "fast-tracked" to the building phase.
The show only works on two houses a year. At least one of these projects is in the Greater Boston area, so that the crew can stay close to home for a significant part of the season.The second project is generally located in a mild climate where outdoor work may be undertaken during the winter months. Often we choose the geographic location for the second project before we consider proposals in that area.
2013 Boston Search Timeline:
For 2013, we will consider proposals from October 19, 2012, through January 31, 2013. The project should be ready to break ground in early April 2013. In order to meet the show's broadcast schedule, work must conclude by November 2013. The selected projects will be featured on multiple This Old House episodes airing on PBS, premiering in the fall of 2013.
What to Submit:
Brief description of the renovation project—be sure to also include house style, location and year built
Low-res digital pictures of the home's interior and exterior
Brief description of the current homeowners
Low-res digital pictures of the homeowners
How much you plan to spend
When you need to start and conclude the project
How to Submit:
Please e-mail proposals to email@example.com or submit them via regular mail to: This Old House Project Proposals, P.O. Box 130, Concord, Massachusetts 01742. Select homeowners will be contacted by show producers for further interviews. Due to the volume of proposals received, This Old House will not be able to respond personally to everyone or return submitted materials.
The renovations are completely funded by the homeowners and not This Old House, though the show coordinates product discounts and donations where possible. All donated items are considered gifts, on which the homeowners pay taxes.