Probably not on THIS Sunday, 10/28. They were here in Mpls to do a house last month and it won't air until sometime in November. I didn't see an actual estimate of the airdate in the construction site info, but if I run into one, I'll post it!
Wonderful! I always wonder though what are the ramifications of such a makeover. I read somewhere that sometimes people had to sell their new house because they could not afford the increase in taxes due to the reno. Does anyone know what happens after if the homeowners do not have an income high enough to pay those increased taxes? The barn looked fine to me though... very functional and in good condition... but I guess it would not have the "right" look?
I hope it works out for them ..
Briefly the way it is handled so the family that gets the house doesn't lose everything is:
Under the IRS code if you rent the house to someone (in this case the production company) for 30 days or less any improvements are not taxed, and I'm hoping in the case of furniture donations that they are included under improvements. However the increased value of the property makes the property taxes go up-usually someone such as the builder or the local community pays off the mortgage, and raises money to pay for utility bills, and property taxes. And it might be different in the case of the riding center since I assume it's a legitimate registered charity-that part I don't know about.
This is the Freedom Hills Therapeutic Riding Center in Port Deposit, MD, that is being made over and I believe the work is going on right now - you can even contribute to it yourself. For more info, check out these links:
My daughter told me about this - she used to substitute teach (riding) there sometimes. Supposedly the mother & children were sent on a trip to Italy while the makeover was being done! I'm sure no one deserves this more than Rene. She is really funny - used to come to the cross-country schooling nights at Middletown Pony Club years & years ago (1999 - 2001, maybe?) & her stories about her experiences with horses can be a hoot. I used to see Rene & her sister at horse trials, also.
There isn't a horse named Bobbaloo there now. My friend trims the horses there, and I trim the ones she doesn't like to handle (the big ones that lean and the smaller ones that kick). I'd remember if there were a horse named Bobbaloo.
Kate is still there (retired now), Lucinda, Blondie, Maggie, Nina, Apples (retired), and a few others. If you list the names, I'll tell you if they are still there. Sadly, a few were put down when they became too old and unsound to be comfortable.
This is great! The extreme-makeover people did a house right in my area about three years ago, for a family who had a disabled child in a wheelchair. I didn't know what was going on until after they had finished. Coincidentally, the house was on route to my barn, so the road was closed for about ten days. I figured they were redoing the road or the sewer lines or something. The next time I went to the barn and the road was open, I did a HUGE doubletake - my daughter and I whipped around and said "What the H%%^? Where did that brand-new house come from??"
Then it was in the local newspaper the next week, so we knew we weren't hallucinating!
I realize that I'm generalizing here, but as is often the case when I generalize, I don't care. ~ Dave Barry