We wanted to make this homestead so wonderful, that we would want to own it ourselves," said the series executive producer/director."And, to our dismay, we succeeded." The actual purchasers were Robert and Suzanne Grudem who, with their three children, moved back to the Boston area from Bellevue, Washington.And finally, well-known local and national design teams—from Laura Ashley to Smith & Hawken—arrived to transform each room in their own signature fashion."Our hope was to leave more than our goodwill behind on this project.Think about it:green, blue, khaki, brown go together perfectly, so why not in a bathroom with avocado tiles and aqua countertops. When I found these towels at Homegoods, I knew this was my answer on how to blend those colors.
Throughout its nearly three-hundred-year history, the Crehore House had been home to the families of a New England furniture maker, a gentleman farmer, a prominent Boston judge, and a respected psychiatrist.
Located in a sought-after neighborhood of historic homes, the expansive homestead can easily be considered today's commuter's dream, a rural-seeming spot less than ten miles from downtown Boston.
The house was purchased off the open market for 5,000, and the producers initially gave the team a budget of 0,000 to accomplish the entire project.
The subject of the restoration was the John Crehore House, named after the gentleman who first notched and pegged the traditional timber-frame Colonial in 1724.
Upon purchase, the classic symmetrical white clapboard and black-shuttered facade still looked much as it did when it was first built.