Well…here goes nothing! I just submitted our bathroom project to This Old House Projects. Now we wait and see… wish us luck! It is too bad you can’t vote for us!
—email submission Nov 9th 2011————————————————-
In September of 2010 we bought a circa 1900 farmhouse.
The house has only one full bathroom which is in dire need of renovation.
The bathroom was carved out of the existing rooms. The floor plan is awkward. One wall is slanted (there was a window in the way so they cut the wall around it) and another big chunk is taken out of an adjoining bedroom to recess the toilet.
The bathroom has no window so it is dark. There is an exhaust fan from the 1970s but it does not work. The ceiling is a drop ceiling and we can only imagine what is under there. The plumbing is a disaster. The pitch is incorrect, the toilet is not properly vented and there is a contamination of hot water lines crossing into cold water lines we think somewhere near the shower or sink. The tub is undersized with thin plastic on the walls around it and grout caulking that looks like toothpaste (thick and sloppy).
We are a family of five – with three children (ages 10, 7 and 4). We bought the house for its lot and location and knew about the massive project we were undertaking…although maybe we have bitten off more than we can chew? I love old houses and my husband is very handy.
Budget and Time frame
We would like to stay under $10K. Our time frame is flexible. The project could be started at any time. It is our only shower/bathtub so I am not exactly sure how to deal with that.
Please check out my bathroom photos on my blog at
Thank you for reading this and considering us! I love your magazine and television show.
—automated response Nov 9th 2011—————————————————
Thank you for your recent e-mail. We are currently accepting applications for projects in the Boston area for the 2012 season.
TOH will review proposals starting in November, 2011 with hopes of making a final decision by March 1st , 2012. Please note that the renovations are completely funded by the homeowners and not This Old House, though the show coordinates product discounts and donations where possible. All donated items are considered gifts, on which the homeowners pay taxes.
To be considered please make sure you have submitted all of the following:
Brief description of the house including house style and year built
Architectural plans, if available
Low-res digital pictures of the home’s interior and exterior
Brief description of the current owners
Low-res digital pictures of the homeowners
Scope of the renovation
Please send proposals to:
This Old House Productions, Inc.
P.O. Box 130
Concord, MA 01742
***PLEASE NOTE: Select homeowners will be contacted by show producers for interviews. Due to the large volume of submissions and proposals received, This Old House will not be able to respond personally to everyone or return submitted materials. Producers cannot accept or reply to phone calls.