July 10, 2006
A crowd gathers during a recent filming day (photo by Russell Kaye)
There was one of those moments last week when I was overwhelmed by it all. If anyone has their kitchen, yard, or house done over and there is not a moment of anxiety, do not believe them. Liz and I are very flexible and tend to just go with the flow, but…
Last Wednesday was a very busy day here. David Vos, the director of This Old House and Deborah Hood, the producer of the show, really pushed out doing a number of scenes in one day. A lot of hard work! There was Dino, the cameraman; Heath, our production assistant; and Todd, our grip. They all work so well together. You would have to, as it can be pretty intense at times.
Kathy Marshall, the ever patient kitchen designer, was on board as well, as was Pat Hunt, the flooring contractor, who was scratching and smelling the kitchen and living room floors to see what kind of wood was actually there. Norm offered to build a banquette for me—a Norm Abram original. He said it wouldn't be too difficult and would help with the budget. (Norm, you do remember offering that, don't you?)
A few friends stopped by to give their thoughts on life, etc. The boiler was also being dismantled and removed from the cellar. We shaved the face of the house by taking the ivy down. Liz and I climbed rather lofty heights to do so. Thank God Roger Cook was there to supervise us!
I like to put off things until the day of reckoning is near. I should have had the appliances picked out, the tub, the shower, fixtures etc. When asked, I froze; I had been looking at merchandise on line, but as Richard Trethewey so kindly put it: I'm more of a "tactile" person. In other words, I need to see and feel the goods. He and Tom Silva saw the deer-in-the-headlights look from me, so they were very kind and took the time to call and order catalogues for me. They peeled me down from the ceiling. Thanks!
Needless to say, I went to a few showrooms the next day. Now I have my catalogues, and am on my way to choosing what will work.
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I can't imagine renovating under a deadline, much less the scrutiny of a camera. What if I'm stuck with something I don't like simply because it's the only thing available? Too much pressure for my indecisiveness.
I find this really cool to hear from the owners of the house that This Old House is working on. To get there insight on having some of the best in the business working on their house.
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