HGTV HITS TOWN: Crew starts filming two of Washington’s more unique homesPublished 8:30pm Friday, August 16, 2013
An AMS Pictures film crew hit town Friday for a weekend shoot spotlighting two unique Washington homes for the HGTV show “You Live In What?”
The show highlights homes across the world — homes eked out of structures that weren’t originally intended to be homes at all.
From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., the crew filmed Scott Campbell and Bill Sykes’ two Fire Station Lofts condominiums, which comprise part of the second story of the building known by many as home of the Washington Daily News. Since the building’s 1912 construction, it has served as a shirt factory, the town fire station, home to U.S.O. dances during the Second World War and a technical college that would later become Beaufort County Community College, before becoming Sykes’ and Campbell’s home.
“It’s a unique individual that can build a home out of something that wasn’t meant to be a home,” said Mikon Haaksman, producer for the segment.
Haaksman has seen some interesting homes during his tenure filming the HGTV segments, the oddest of which was a refurbished dumpster condo New York City that can be easily transported from one location to the another, but he said there’s a common theme that describes the owners of homes featured by the show: creativity, vision and determination.
“Most people just want a regular house,” Haaksman said. “It takes more energy than most people want to expend.”
Soon a national audience will see exactly how much energy was needed to turn empty and neglected office and classroom space into two HGTV-worthy condominiums.
Friday afternoon, Washington Fire Chief Robbie Rose was more than happy to volunteer a engine and the members of Shift C to make a film appearance for the segment’s exterior shots of Fire Station Lofts. Rose said he felt the department’s participation was important because of its connection with the building.
“The fact that it used to be the fire station — that’s part of the history of the fire department,” Rose said.
The production team also tapped the memories of Washington native Tay Carter, who organized U.S.O. dances held in the space during World War II.
Campbell said he’s not sure when the Fire Station Lofts segment will air, but has been told by producers it will likely be featured in Spring of 2014.
“You Live In What?” producers will film Sunday at the home of interior designers Beth and Chris Collier, who turned the old Tayloe Hospital, which became Britthaven nursing home, into a luxurious living space at the corner of Washington and West Main streets.