OT: This Old House homeowner's profession?

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<<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.>>
Many, but certainly not all, of the TOH homeowners put in varying amounts of sweat equity. Don't you remember Mary Van, the southern lady with the bed & breakfast conversion in Lexington? She's probably still on a ladder with a paint brush.
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On Thu, 08 Jun 2006 15:25:34 GMT, "John Emmons"

They used to be more involved at least in the demo and cleanup. But heck, even the hosts barely get their hands dirty anymore much less the owners.
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Umm it started out as a home owner sweat equity program.

The spin off is more like the how TOH was and not what it has become in the last few years.

Whick if ifne but I prefer the way TOH was.
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On Thu, 08 Jun 2006 15:25:34 GMT, "John Emmons"

I remember it differently. When I first saw the show many years ago there was an emphasis on showing you things you could do yourself, or could at least understannd some of the nuts and bolts of before you hired a repairman. I think the success of the show and subsequent bigger budgets has led to what it is today.

"Ask..." is great. TOH has become more of a showcase show, like Better Homes and Gardens. I rarely watch it now.

Sure, but it doesn't make for informative or interesting TV, at least to me. "One Man's Way to Spend $42,000.00 on Stone" isn't a title that's likely to grab me.

I have no particular quarrel with people spending their money as they see fit. But it's not always interesting to watch.
Greg Guarino

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wrote:

There are folks like that all over. I live pretty close to the edge of nowhere, and we did a series of jobs for a family that had a seemingly inexhaustable income. They paid almost $100g to add 6 feet to the garage, and just kept on going to things that were even larger and more expensive, never batting an eye about the mounting bill.
There was a bit of speculation about how they were doing it, but it turned out the husband just made that much money as a specialist doing cancer diagnosis. Kinda made me wish I'd had gone to medical school, even though I'm sure he paid his dues to get where he was.
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I gave up on TOH some time ago when I realized that all they prove is that you can fix nearly any problem by just throwing enough money at it. Have they ever brough a project to completion on budget? Jim

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Yes absolutely they have but not since they have changed formats and do more of the work themselves vs. the homeowner.
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Heath:

Yeah the best I could find is that he's in biotech. Probably a doctor or head of a company. He showed up on a list of people contributing to fight MS. And that's about it.
I do know where the house is - Sparks St in Cambridge. HMM., wonder if Google Earth would show it.
I like what they did with the house. Frank LLoyd Wright is someone who I admire and revere. This house had some of his design elements.
As to all of the others naysaying about show- well
1 - It's a TV show 2 - They have a large budget because they get donated material. Also they have to show bathrooms/kitchens/garages/living rooms/dining rooms in every house otherwise you might not be interested in it. It' s not pitched to a DIY audience anymore. Hometime is. 3 - finally IT"S a TV show. Not reality.
I 've been a fan for close to 15 years and it always cracks me up when they pronounce a "gloom and doom" sentence on a house in the first show and then after a mere $500,000 it's a brand new house!
The house they profiled in Washington DC shows how a modest budget really works. I also noticed they did NONE of that work at all.
MJ Wallace
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snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

He could have inherited the money. Or won a lottery. Does it really matter?
R
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Well if I watch these shows at all, it's to learn something. If I'm the kind of audience the producers are looking for, then why would they leave a major source of confusion in every show, namely, "How in the world could I perform the financial aspect of all these construction techniques?"
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Although it sounds like a cliche, and it probably is, if you have to worry about how you'd afford to make some of the improvements that are shown on TOH, you can't afford to make them.
Their "target" audience are wealthy home owners who want to do a little remodel job that just happens to cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. They're not aiming the show at people who could actually do the work or who would have trouble paying someone else to do it for them.
I think Marie Antoinette said it best, "let them eat cake..." if we peasants can't afford TOH remodel jobs, let us watch "ask TOH" and maybe we can afford to fix a leaky faucet the way that the boys on the other show do...
I like the bits where they go to the various manufacturing facilities to show us how some of the really expensive stuff is made.
John E.

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John Emmons wrote:

So Cosmo's target audience is supermodels? That's all they ever show.
The audience is anyone interested in home improvement with the ability to buy tools and stuff for their house. The shows underwriters are the main concern. Home Depot probably sells millions of dollars of merchandise for every one super duper bathtub that's seen, and bought, from the show. Some of the other underwriters are Toro, Schlage, Lowe's, Andersen Windows - those don't seem so upscale to me.
R
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It goes beyond donated. A customer of ours sells insulated concrete forms. (we do some of the manufacturing for them). It would be a natural to donate the material needed to build a house and get publicity. In addition to the material, they wanted a donation of $18k to use them. Our customer declined.
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<<It goes beyond donated. A customer of ours sells insulated concrete forms. (we do some of the manufacturing for them). It would be a natural to donate the material needed to build a house and get publicity. In addition to the material, they wanted a donation of $18k to use them. Our customer declined. >>
It's not just TOH. One of my clients had a product featured on Bob Vila's show. They had to provide the materials and pay a fee to appear on the show and are entitled to use "As seen on Bob Vila's Home Again" (or just "Bob Vila," as the show is now known) in their advertising and promotions for only six months unless they want to pay another fee to renew.
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Ah yes! "Product placement." Helps the movies turn a profit, too.
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