A recently renovated Southold summer home is getting a major overhaul and will be featured on an upcoming episode of HGTV’s “Vacation House for Free.”
The series stars Matt Blashaw who helps couples find and renovate fixer-upper type vacation homes to rent out during a bulk of the year to cover the cost of the mortgage. Thus the title, “Vacation House for Free.”
A representative from the show’s production company, Departure Film,s confirmed the series was filming on the North Fork, though she deferred additional comment to HGTV. A representative from HGTV did not immediately return a call for comment.
The home, located at the corner of Bay Haven Lane and Midway Avenue in Southold, is in the process of getting a new deck, floors, kitchen appliances and maybe even a hot tub, according to the contractor working on the home on Thursday.
“It was very dated,” said John Jurgensen, owner of Kem Contracting of East Hampton. “We’re doing everything. Adding a deck in the back, new floors, maybe even a Jacuzzi if their budget allows.”
He expects construction to be completed sometime in August.
Brendan and Jacqueline O’Connor of Amityville purchased the house for $515,000 in September 2013, according to public records. The couple could not be reached on Thursday.
Season 2 will premiere on New Year’s Day 2015 at 5 p.m., according to the show’s website.
The show’s producers were still looking for season 2 contestants as of June 4, according to a Facebook posting.
“Hey everyone!!! We’re still looking for vacation homes to showcase for SEASON 2 of VACATION HOUSE FOR FREE!! We are looking for second homes to renovate in warm weather climate areas (FL, GA, AL, TX, AZ and CA). Please get the word out! If you know of anyone- you can tag them here or shoot me us an email at [email protected]
Another online posting also says the producers are looking for homes in warmer climates, though they must have made an exception for the temperate weather of the North Fork.
To audition, recent second home buyers must have $30,000 set aside for renovations and the home’s value can be no more than $700,000.