But I want to have my house on This Old House!Many people with old houses would love to have Steve and Norm pick their house for one of This Old House's projects. They envision a swarm of workmen descending on their house with architects and plans and contractors and decorators, turning their ramshackle purchase into a beautiful museum showcase.
Such is not often the case. As often as not, old-house enthusiasts decry the "Project House" as a gut-and-rebuilt project that does little to restore or retain the historic character of the house, and can end up costing much more than the initial estimates, and can effectively destroy a perfectly respectable old house.
Don't get me wrong - I'd probably agree in a minute if they wanted to come and work on my house. But remember that this is a television show that is meant to entertain more than educate, and few people have a true love and understanding of old house living, so the show caters to people who want an 'old house' that behaves and often looks like a 'new house'.
So, some guidelines ( from This Old House Magazine) on getting your house on the show:
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