Lincoln home to be featured in April “House Crashers”

Show staff mum about where the location is
By: Carol Percy, Reporter Lincoln News Messenger
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If a Lincoln house could have a Cinderella story, then Tami Teel would be its fairy godmother.

Chosen by cable-television channel HGTV to transform a room in a Lincoln tract house, the

Roseville-based interior designer said Monday that she “felt honored” to be chosen for the project. The project tapes March 1.

HGTV  “is quite secretive about the identity of the Lincoln homeowner and the redesign until it airs,” said Teel’s publicist, Krista Bernasconi of KFB Public Affairs in Roseville.

 The show will be “House Crashers” 100th episode and the 22nd remodel on which Teel collaborates with the network.

As a longtime fan of HGTV’s design shows, Teel, 41, said that she’s “incredibly grateful” to be on the flipside of the design work.

“On the first show I did with HGTV, I felt such a sense of satisfaction with the project—my ‘before and after’ were really dramatic,” Teel said.

Known for “ambush renovation,” HGTV’s “House Crashers” sends its host and contractor, Josh Temple, to big-box home improvement stores looking for unsuspecting shoppers. He then follows them home with a large crew of experts who transform a room in the couple’s home.

The Lincoln homeowners were randomly selected at a local Lowe’s Home Improvement store, Teel said.

Teel’s connection with HGTV began in 2010 when contractor/owner Monte Burtz, of Elemental Builders, Inc., asked her to be part of a design project for DIY Network. She “got to know the show’s producers” and was recently asked to work on the episode taping in Lincoln.

After raising two boys, Teel studied interior design at American River College in Sacramento.  In 2005, she opened Tami Teel Designs, a residential and commercial design business, located in a vintage office building in downtown Roseville.

Teel’s customers include “hundreds of clients” and about half of her work involves commercial projects for doctors, dentists and chiropractors. She recently completed a $20 million design project for a San Jose-based Christian school.

 Teel describes her design philosophy as “organic-modern,” a style which includes elements of architecture and nature, and merges the indoors with the outdoors.

“Bridges and the shape of trees inspire me,” she said.

Her designs include natural materials such as slate, granite, wood and grasses. The “modern” design aspect uses ‘clean, straight lines’ and trend-based color palettes. Teel works with clients to discover “not only how to make their space functional and attractive but also to express the client’s personality.”

Although the redesign for the Lincoln house “is top secret,” Teel said the plan will involve the renovation of an infrequently used room in the house that currently ends up as a catch-all for the family’s projects.

After Teel’s remodel, the room will be transformed into a highly functional, multi-use space where the family can play together and entertain friends and relatives, she said.

For example, Teel said, a dining room that in many houses is only used a few times a year for holiday dinners could be redesigned to become a multi-use space that could be used year round.

According to Teel, the “House Crashers” budget for the Lincoln house redesign could run up to $40,000.

The “tract house in Lincoln” episode will air in early April 2013. For examples of Teel’s work, go to YouTube or the designer’s website:

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Audrey Kilpatrick, the district’s assistant superintendent for business and operations, asked the board to approve a budget reduction for $1,322,800 for the 2013-14 budget year. She said that amount will cover items that the district “can do right away.”

The remainder of the nearly $1.3 million will require negotiations with the union,” Kilpatrick said.