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HGTV’s Beaufort episode of ‘Vacation Home For Free’ airs Sunday

Local builders collaborate with HGTV’s 'Vacation Home For Free'

Update: Show to air this Sunday at noon.

HGTV is back in Beaufort. Live Oak Builders, a custom home builder in Beaufort and the Sea Islands, announced this week that they collaborated with Home & Garden Television (HGTV) on their Vacation Home For Free program this past spring.

“We were contacted in January by the producer and were eventually chosen from a field of five local contractors, based on our small company structure,” explains Todd Bradley, owner of Live Oak Builders.  “It was important to them to have access to an on-site project manager for communications and a project coordinator to facilitate material orders.  Those are two key positions in custom home building,” he said.

With a list of renovation tasks and a budget of $60,000, Live Oak Builders was charged with completing the work in six weeks at the home of Ann and Bill Lamm, at 508 Craven Street in downtown Beaufort’s historic district.

A new kitchen and powder room, removal of interior fireplace and wall removal to create open space, repainted interior and exterior, refinished all original pine flooring, new light fixtures & fans throughout, added a gas lantern on front porch and freshened front landscaping were the main renovations. Eighteen local and trusted subcontractors assisted Live Oak Builders with the renovations.

Local builders collaborate with HGTV’s 'Vacation Home For Free'

HGTV’s Vacation Home For Free is hosted by Matt Blashaw, a contractor and renovation expert.  He helps couples realize their wish to own a vacation home mortgage-free.  He helps them shop for and renovate a “diamond in the rough” home in their dream location to command top dollar as a vacation rental.  The idea is for the homeowner to be able to rent out the vacation home for 16 prime rental weeks at maximum income, covering all their annual expenses and for the rest of the year lets them live in their Vacation Home for Free.

Check out more about the show:  http://www.businessinsider.com/vacation-house-for-free-2014-12#ixzz3gRjxMplm

HGTV recently announced that the Beaufort show will air Sunday, August 23rd at 12 noon, EST.  Time and date are subject to change.

Plans for a viewing event are underway and will be announced at a later date.

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