Sorry for the off-topic subject, but I figure there are a lot of TOH
watchers on rec.woodworking, so maybe y'all won't mind.
I've googled, but would really like to know what the homeowner (George
Mabry) on the recent Cambridge series does (or did) for a living. Every
time we see the show, we can't believe how much they've got to be
spending... And, even in Cambridge, whether he'll recoup his investment
Not trying to be critical, mostly I'm just jealous (although modern
architecture doesn't appeal to me).
Heath Roberts writes:
>Sorry for the off-topic subject, but I figure there are a lot of TOH
>watchers on rec.woodworking, so maybe y'all won't mind.
>I've googled, but would really like to know what the homeowner (George
>Mabry) on the recent Cambridge series does (or did) for a living.
Whatever it is, it creates a revenue stream sufficient to fund the
When you consider that on one house that they did,
one bathroom came in at $24,000, $360,000 don't
sound too bad for an entire house.
The amounts of money that are spent on these houses
is beyond anything most people can imagine.
Tom Silva and the boys must all be millionaires at
I drove by the place this afternoon on my way home from Rockler.
It doesn't look quite finished yet. Mostly landscaping undone.
I peeked into the back yard to see if it was flooded (we've had
about 20" of rain in the last month.) It looked very green and
wet (the part I could see from the street, but not flooded.
(They spent a lot of time on the show and a lot of money worrying
about drainage. I guess it worked.)
It appears to be one of the smaller and probably cheaper houses in
the neighborhood. I would guess most of them are in the $1.5-$2
million range. (Maybe a lot more.) West Cambridge is one of the
most expensive neighborhoods in one of the most expensive urban
areas in the country.
I wonder if they'll ever again do a house a normal family can afford?
<<I wonder if they'll ever again do a house a normal family can afford?>>
Their next project is renovations on both units of a two family house (owned
by a mother and daughter) in East Boston with $250,000 as the total budget.
As with the Washington, DC project, they consider a quarter million dollars
to be a bare bones budget (it's significantly more than my entire house is
worth) and will treat this as an exercise in penny pinching.
To e-mail, replace "bucketofspam" with "dleegordon"
Depends on where you live. Move my house about 35 miles and I can get $100k
more for it. Move it to Boston and I can get $250k more for it and build
two more like it on the same lot size I have now and get that much for each.
Define investment. If you mean will the improvement cost fetch as much
at the time of sale, including whatever interest he would have accrued
on the money, no. Not even close. I'm sure that the house will sell
for a premium just because it is now a "famous" house, and I'm sure
George will get lots of mileage out of his 15 minutes of fame.
Instead of being jealous of a guy who's simply pouring money into a
house, how about being jealous of a guy who sold software he didn't own
to IBM, then went out and bought it at a bargain from the guy who
developed the software, then proceded to amass the single largest
fourtune of our age. He also poured money into his house, so that's a
I've watched a few episodes. Last one I saw they were applying stone facade
on a poured concrete wall. The stone was imported from Croatia. IIRC, it
was a 42k job.
I guess he just has a bunch of money and wants what he wants.
I don't know why, but this last season prompted the same questions in
my head. Perhaps it was because everything kinda seemed like cost was
no object. My theory at the time was that he inherited some $$$. But
I have nothing to back that up.
Whatever the source, it was an interesting season.
Heath Roberts wrote:
I have the same sort of questions about "Holmes on Homes". He typically
arrives at a house where the homeowners have been taken for a very expensive
ride by shyster contractors. Then he proceeds to demolish and rebuild
everything in sight in the most expensive way available. My question is,
who is paying for all this? If it's the homeowners, I can't figure out how
they do it.
- Owen -
Strange thing about having money. People resent you for having it or
criticize you for spending it. Sometimes in the same post. Some primary
candidate for president a few years back put it pretty well when he said
he's never been employed by a poor man. Let's just say he's a developer who
gives employment to contractors.
Makes no difference either way, I guess. Just another one of those "rich"
folks indulging himself with his house rather than soaking up a couple of
beers at the tavern.
Since when have any of the home owners done any
"sweat equity" on the show? The only time I've ever seen them do any work
it's pretty obvious that it was simply posing for the camera crew.
It's not a do it yourself show, never was, never will be.
The spinoff, "ask this old house" is much more do-it yourself oriented. Even
Norm's show is more hands on.
If the homeowners want to spend hundreds of thousands of their money on
their own homes, I say let them, at least they're employing some local
I'm reminded of a photography shoot I worked on out in Palm Desert a few
years ago, we were there just to shoot the neon lighting that had been
installed in the house, well over $100,000.00 worth. The construction
foreman had been gainfully employed for over 5 years, building and then
rebuilding the place as the owner's kept changing their minds about what
they wanted. It kept his family fed, the owners got what they wanted and it
was their own money being spent, a win/win/win.
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