December 31, 2007
Wrap day―clockwise from top: Executive producer Jeff Ruhe, producer Deborah Hood, general contractor Tom Silva, host Kevin O'Connor, landscape contractor Roger Cook (on phone), production assistant Heath Racela, director David Vos, cameraman Steve "Dino" D'Onofrio, master electrician Allen Gallant.
As I write―exactly one week after the wrap party―we are about to spend the first night in our new home! Despite a major snowstorm, we had a great time with everyone from the show and project, as well as our friends and neighbors who joined later.
However, looking back to just forty-eight hours before the wrap party, we were facing a huge effort to bring everything together…
We were unloading old and new furniture, mounting lights, finishing up carpentry, painting, hanging pictures, installing window treatments, laying down carpet in rooms and stairs, and staging our own antiques and clothing. On top of that, the snow was being blown off and sod was being laid! This Old House made this day―and all the days leading up to this - possible.
Beyond the hammers and behind the scenes are the people who bring the show together week in and week out. As you read the credits, you'll see the names of those on the production team who don't physically drive in a nail, but who can change the speed of construction activity based on the needs of the show.
From the day we got an email looking for candidate homes, producer Deborah Hood helped us navigate every step of the way. Deb has a challenging job, which includes significant involvement in the selection of projects, coordination of suppliers, development of show "rundowns," coordination of all participants, and overall tracking of the show and construction. Through her and associate producer Jennifer Wells's assistance (who sent us the email that started the whole process), we've enjoyed the benefits of the finest products and craftsmen, and through the show, we've completed our dream renovation in just seven months.
Just like the fine work we see in our home, we know that for each show there are days and weeks of preparation and post-production hidden behind the walls of the studio.
And―notwithstanding the apprehension and butterflies in the stomach―being on camera has been an exciting and stimulating experience. We now have a much greater appreciation for the incredible talent it takes to plan, direct, film, edit and produce each show, as well as the versatile talent of The Guys―both on and off camera―who make it all come to life.
We also appreciate the hard work from many others at Time/TOH and WGBH. These include executive producer Jeff Ruhe, director extraordinaire David Vos, cameraman Dino D'Onofrio, production assistant Heath Racela and Jerry for lighting. We also enjoyed working with Alex Bandon from the magazine and for blogs. There are many others, of course, who manage and develop this incredible brand.
We left a nice home that we didn't feel inspired to renovate after finding a diamond in the rough that had so much potential. We are so appreciative that the collective vision of the TOH team and our own amazing architects and designers made it more beautiful than we ever imagined.
Now, already past midnight, we hear the soft whir of the heating systems as our home comes to life and begins to perform for us. Maddy is at her desk, I am at mine. Tomorrow we move our things from our apartment and from storage, so our space is still pristine, uncluttered, and similar to how our rooms were staged for the photography shoots the past few days.
As I settle into the fabric of our home for the first time, I think of the people with whom we've connected, and how we are so fortunate that we were invited to jump into this once in a lifetime adventure.
Your very grateful homeowners,
Paul and Maddy
(7) CommentsComment on this Blog
Congradulations on the completion of your new "Old House". It's beautiful, and I'm sure it will warm your hearts for many years to come.
i want to see on line the house shown on your this old house program around the holidays featuring a somewhat conventional design with a "eyebrow dormer" it was a very big house.
Perhaps you should thank Joe Ferrante in your last blog of the endeavor.
Enjoy your house.
Congrats on your "new" home, and on having done so well with your TV debut!
You have a gorgeous home, and your renovations are terrific! Thank you for sharing all of the experiences with us. I hope you have many wonderful years of creating cherished memories in your beautiful new family home!
Dear John and Maddy,
Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your adventure. The last episode aired this past weekend and the house is absolutely beautiful...
May you have many many happy hours in it. Oh if you ever need a house sitter email me. ;)