Is Long Beach This Old House material? Are you?

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Photo courtesy of the Rose Park Restoration Trade Fair.

Do you have an historic home currently under or about to start renovation? Do you think that your Long Beach home might have “star quality?” For the first-time in it’s history, the popular home-improvement series This Old House is looking for a historic home to renovate in Los Angeles County.

The TV crew is hoping to find a dynamic family with a classic old house in need of help, with plenty of things to save and update. However, the project’s scope must be “just right” — not a whole house, but more than just a kitchen.

The renovation must be able to be completed in about five or six months, with construction potentially beginning as early as August 2010 and finishing by January 2011.  According to This Old House, the ideal project should already be underway with architectural plans and/or have the ability to be “fast-tracked” to the building phase.

The selected project will be featured on multiple This Old House episodes airing on PBS in early 2011. The deadline for submissions is June 14, 2010.

Long Beach homeowners should note that the renovations are completely funded by the homeowners and not by 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.

This Old House is reviewing proposals now.  To have your Long Beach restoration project considered, submit the following:

  • Brief description of the renovation project—be sure to also include house style, location and year built
  • Low-res digital pictures of the home’s interior and exterior
  • Brief description of the current owners
  • Low-res digital pictures of the homeowners
  • How much you plan to spend
  • When you need to start and conclude the project

Please e-mail proposals to or submit them via regular mail to: This Old House Project Proposals, P.O. Box 130, Concord, Massachusetts 01742.

Select homeowners will be contacted by show producers for further interviews.  Due to the volume of proposals received, This Old House will not be able to respond personally to everyone or return submitted materials.

For more information about this and other This Old House projects, please visit

(* Editor’s note: Go Beach!)

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