This Old House always chooses a house renovation away from Boston for their winter project. They do minimal work, with the the host (currently Kevin), Tommy, Norm, Richard, Roger and camera crew flying in every couple of weeks to check in on the work, which is done primarily by a local contractor.
In the late summer of 2006 we here in Austin heard TOH was looking for a “green” renovation project and the producers were coming to town to talk to prospective owners.
I heard nothing about the project until I noticed that the Austin webcams were up and running! I then found this article, which explains the whole project.
Now it was detective time.
It took us a few days to track down the location of the site. I’m not going to post the address here until the project is complete, but it is located in a nice, older neighbourhood in central Austin. I think the renovation will fit in well with the flavour of the street, as opposed to some of the McMansion bulldoze-and-rebuild that’s going on in these neighbourhoods. So, on to the pictures. I drove down to the site on November 17, 2006 and saw that construction was well under way. The roof was bumped up at the front and back and looking through the front door I could see that the first level was mostly a shell, waiting for the rebuilding to start.