We’re Filming a Pilot for HGTV!


We’ve been working on something really big behind the scenes around here and I’m so excited to finally share it with you. We’re filming a pilot for HGTV!

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The pilot is for a 30-minute show currently titled ‘Rehab Crazy’, and if it gets picked up, it will focus on Garrett and I as we renovate old houses in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.  The kiddos will make an appearance too, of course. But before I get into more details, let me back up and start at the beginning…

Last year I got an email from an HGTV exec asking if we’d be interested in doing a TV show.  It was totally crazy, but not altogether unprecedented.  We get emails from production companies asking us that same question about once a month or so (and we aren’t the only ones).  We even filmed a sizzle on HGTV’s dime in 2015.  A sizzle is a short, 5-minute clip that gives the network an idea of who you are and what you do and takes 2+ days to film.  The first sizzle was a really fun experience, but didn’t lead anywhere (you can read about that experience here).  It was the type of opportunity that doesn’t usually come around once let alone twice so we never expected to get that email from the HGTV exec last Spring.  But we were sure flattered when we did!  So we happily filmed a little introductory video of ourselves and our projects and sent it to her, which she pitched to her team.  Can’t you just imagine a bunch of HGTV folks sitting around a conference table watching yours truly and my peeps in a self-produced iPhone video?!  Talk about a cringe moment!  Thankfully they liked it and we found ourselves filming another sizzle, which was shot over two days.  During our road trip last Fall, we got the call that HGTV commissioned a 30-minute pilot about us!

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Garrett and I were immediately tasked with buying an old house to renovate for the pilot, which was convenient timing since we were already looking for a renovation project in Ellensburg. We closed on the Porch House in February and dug into pre-production for the pilot.  Let me just say, that I had no idea how much work goes into a 30-minute show!  Both the network and our production company have been busy preparing for the shoot and making sure we craft the best show possible. The filming timeline is super tight so Garrett and I have also been deep in construction prep to make sure we can actually pull this whole thing off.

We don’t know if our pilot will air yet or not – I’ve been told that HGTV makes plenty of pilots that never see the light of day – but we hope it does!  Either way, we’re excited to tackle our renovation on the Porch House, put together the best possible pilot, and soak up this crazy experience.

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I’m hoping to share updates during filming over the next couple of weeks via Instagram Stories.  Once the crew goes home and we can take a breath, I’ll share more of the Porch House renovation here on the blog.  In the meantime wish us luck!



p.s. these photos are from the Sizzle filmed last Fall and taken by me and our great onsite Producer, Michael.

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  1. That’s great! Congratulations!

  2. I couldn’t be more excited for you guys! Such an exciting opportunity. Can’t wait to watch you do your thing on national television!!!

  3. Oh, I’m doing a happy dance over here for you! That’s really exciting, good for you guys! Looking forward to more posts on here, as always:)

  4. Congrats! It’s well deserved, If you want it, I hope they do pick it up. Not sure how you will manage it all, and sleep. 🙂

  5. I’d watch your show! Congrats!

  6. Congrats! Well deserved with your hard work. And looking forward to seeing what you do with yet another house.

  7. Congrats Cathy! We will definitely watch 🙂

  8. Geraldine says:

    How exciting! Hope the pilot does get aired, and leads to a show.
    Was scrolling down the post and caught a glimpse of the “ads” on the side. So glad you have gone this route in terms of ad placement. Subtle, unobtrusive and the products you love and use. A couple of other blogs I read have become almost unreadable with ads popping up at the top and bottom of the screen every time you click on a new page. Drives me nuts and totally detracts from the blog. Hope you are able to keep to your chosen format.
    Congratulations on the pilot and new baby on the way.

  9. Congrats from Bellingham!

    …and let me know if you need a old Victorian within walking distance to no less than three micro breweries to work on 😉

  10. Oh my word–I can’t believe you’re in Ellensburg! I just heard about you from a friend and can’t tell you how much joy it brings me to have you in our very own town! I may or may not be the creepy stalker driving the minivan slowly by the Porch House tomorrow checking this out first hand. Welcome to town and congrats on the pilot!

  11. Alecia Kleiner says:

    It’s funny, I actually wondered about this when I saw that you bought the Porch House. lol I’m a long time lurker/fan and currently live here in Seattle. But my mom’s family is all from Ellensburg and I’m thinking about relocating. Even eyeing an old farmy house that needs some love. When your life is less insane, I’d love to talk about your move. Wishing you well as you kick butt over there.

  12. We (being all the people I know in Ellensburg) couldn’t be more excited to have you guys here, making old houses new and beautiful! I want you to know, I’d love to do anything possible to help promote you guys and nudge HGTV toward airing your show! (That is, assuming you want a show after this week…) Keep our community posted about how we can generate buzz and support you guys in your journey–it feels like we’re all in it with you!

    • Thanks Jillian – it means to much to have this excitement for the pilot in our town. Ellensburg really is a special place to call home!

  13. Did y’all get picked up? I see so many shows on hgtv and none of them are in the PNW! What a bummer but honestly so many people are moving here from, well just about everywhere, for tech jobs. do we really need a Waco-like explosion to happen in our area? Love your work and wish y’all the best!

  14. Wow I hope it airs. It looks like an amazing transformation!!’

  15. S Kuczynski says:

    Really enjoyed the showed. Hope they make it a regular part of the HGTV family.

  16. Julia Nufer says:

    Hello, Saw your show and loved it! Wish I had taped it. I looked for more of your shows and nothing showed…. yet? Searches let me to your blog. I loved it. Hope to see more of you two make more shows!

    Julia- from Portland OR

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