Of course it doesn't matter, but, if someone wants to zinc coat a
diamond because they like the color of zinc, I still have an opinion of
not just what I think of their color choice, but a rather strong opinion
of doing it to an expensive rare diamond...
Personally, the only interest I have in diamonds is how long they last
in my hole saw... cherry on the other hand...
still, you're right, it sure matters not a wit.
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I thought bizarre choices by home owners was supposed to be part of every
TOH series. My favorite was the guy who wanted to re-use his kitchen
cabinets to save money, and then chose a staircase made of enormous slabs of
teak suspended on a seriously custom steel framework, not to mention
sheathing half the house in stone and including a bridge over a giant water
feature out front. Yeah, avoiding the expense of new plywood boxes in the
kitchen showed what a shrew penny-pincher he was....
On Thu, 12 Mar 2009 11:03:51 -0500, "David G. Nagel"
Mabry, according to my spreadsheet, in Cambridge. In my notes I
recorded my impression that they seemed to go the extra mile to
obfuscate the location, unlike many of the other projects in which you
can catch a house number or pick up other clues during the course to
be able to get the actual street address. There were absolutely none
in my recollection. Still found it, though.
I'm no contractor, but I felt from the first two or three episodes
that the budget must have approached seven figures--maybe even more
than Manchester (hard as that is to believe--they built a whole new
wing, there). It's one of the TOH projects which I never bother to
Funny you say that. I had the same feeling. Not so much "dislike" as
not finding anything to like. He was as dull as an old chisel.
The only thing I don't remember seeing was a cat. That would have
completed the stereotype perfectly.
As someone already pointed out, TOH wound up eating the cabinets. And
rightly so--as I recall, it was an issue of not sufficiently tenting
the unfinished roof coupled with a 100 year rainfall.
It had to have been one of the most expensive they ever did, and it
underscored how far the show had wandered from what it was originally
supposed to be.
My wife and I both had the reaction that the house wasn't a place for him to
live, it was meant to substitute for the life he didn't have. Perhaps we're
wrong and actually the house has been filled with family and friends ever
since, but somehow I can still see that guy wandering from room to room
admiring the place all by himself.
I wouldn't know because our affiliates have gone to their usual MO of
showing the first two or three episodes and then stopping for their
crap specials while they beg for money. It hasn't been on for I think
3 weeks and it's not scheduled for the next 2 weeks either. At some
point I in the future after having given up on it I will stumble upon
one of last episodes where their decorator is explaining how she
managed to make the current one even uglier than the previous.
As long as the checks are good I'll stain the cherry whatever she
wants. I've got a quart of "deep ocean" that's been sitting around
for years she might like.
I quit watching years ago when the kitchen appliances started costing
more than my first house. I can't say if they have gone back to their
more reasonable roots, but the show was definitely suffering from
mission creep. All I can think is that the contractors were bored by
trying to save money all the time and wanted a chance to do jobs with
Pretty much how I saw this show's evolution. What started as a DIY program
quickly became a pie-in-the-sky contractor's wet-dream.
"Today, we build a pre-stressed concrete walled NASA control bunker in the
basement of this simulated chrome-moly log cabin on the majestic unspoiled
shoreline adjacent to Marina Del Ray, CA. BTW, the owners are 3 oceans away
entertaining the czar of Russia on their 80 million dollar yacht and haven't
a clue what a 16 box nail is. Now, here's a word from our non-commercial
They eventually got the message about the "This Old Mansion" jobs, so now
they alternate those with more modest rebuilds. So long as I learn
something about how to do X, Y or Z in every series I don't care how
overblown the house is.
As I remember there was a house they did several years ago, where the
owner had to declare bankruptcy because he could not afford the taxes on
all of the expensive equipment they installed.
Does any one remember the outcome that situation?
I looked for that "case" for awhile but found nothing. Are you
sure it was "TOH"? It could have been Extreme Makeover".
There was a house done by EM in our area and the
couple had a problem in the property tax reassesment.
I think they were able to figure it all out, tho.
The reason TOH does the high-end remodeling, is that
they want to show as much as they can the "state of the art"
in fixtures, etc. Obiviously, it is no longer affordable
remodeling. Tho they do something more moderately
at times, like last year in New Orleans.
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