David: This article is by Spencer Buell of wickedlocal.com/arlington.
Heather and Malcolm Faulds have lived in the house in Arlington Heights for five years now, but want to redesign its floor plan and expand its kitchen, build in some extra storage space and construct a small addition.
The home, built in 1872 in the Italianate style featuring vibrant colors, ornate windows and deep overhangs, is like many lining the street in its neighborhood. Over the years, it has been divided into a two-family home, then renovated back into a single-family, which show host Kevin O?Connor said has left it in need of some internal layout fixes.
The show requested that the address not be publicly shared.
"It?s not going to be a hardcore preservation of the original house," O?Connor said. "It is going to be a respectful renovation from that style and that era."
For example, he said, the kitchen will be showcased in the new home - reflecting modern reverence for all things cooking, whereas Victorian architects typically hid the cookware out of sight in the back of the house.
While filming for the show, O?Connor said he and his team visited the historic Victoria Mansion in Portland, Maine - also an Italianate - for inspiration on ways to stay true to the house?s original 19th century feel.
"They?re excited about this old house - saving it and fixing it, but also being respectful of its origins," O?Connor said. "It?s important to us that we kind of respect the bones of the house, and we can?t do that if we don?t have the support from the homeowners.
"They are psyched that we?re there, and we are psyched to be helping them."
The Faulds family was not available for comment.
According to local historian Richard A. Duffy, the Faulds? house was among the first built in the Heights ? one of several constructed as part of an architectural competition.
Duffy, who lives in a similar home two streets away, said "stick style" houses such as the Faulds would have been much more prevalent in the neighborhood were it not for the Financial Panic of 1873, which, he said, "brought the Arlington Heights subdivision to a near-halt."