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'This Old House' auditioning L.A. remodel projects for next season

May 5, 2010 |  6:01 am

Audition notice: TV producers from Massachusetts seeking L.A.-area house with the right balance of solid character and desire for change. Plans and permits a bonus. Bring photos, bio, dynamic homeowners and home equity line of credit to audition.

It's taken 29 seasons, but the PBS series "This Old House" is finally coming to Los Angeles to tackle a right-size project -- bigger than a new kitchen but smaller than a top-to-bottom remodel. But before you e-mail the producers about your Victorian in Angelino Heights or Craftsman bungalow in West Adams, there are a few prerequisites: Construction could start as early as August and must finish by January. The ideal project should already be underway with architectural plans and/or have the ability to be "fast-tracked" to the building phase.

Though the show coordinates some product discounts and donations, the renovations are completely funded by the homeowners. All donated items are considered taxable gifts. The experts from "This Old House" will oversee the remodel and assist where they can, but local contractors will do the work and must be on site every day.

To be considered, submit these items: a brief description of the house, including style, location and year built; low-resolution digital pictures of the home's interior and exterior; a brief description of the current owners; low-resolution digital pictures of the homeowners; scope of the renovation; ballpark budget and anticipated schedule.

Send it all via e-mail to pickmyhouse@thisoldhouse.com or regular mail to This Old House Project Proposals, P.O. Box 130, Concord, MA 01742.

The deadline for submissions is June 14.

-- Lisa Boone

Photo credit: Anthony Tieuli