When reality tv comes calling you get to see how these shows are made and it's fascinating. The crew that HGTV sent out to us was focused like a laser beam on their project, a woman in search of a steampunk styled tiny home who lands in the Austin area.
If day one was an adventure getting the tiny home down our road, day 2 was a lesson in how the pros put together a reality tv show.
We have a rich assortment of locations for reality tv like our swimming pool, the pool house, the 5,000 sf AustinSpring Lodge with its 4 kitchens which contrasts sharply with a 240 sf steampunk home, our gorgeous hike and bike trail along Cedar Creek with it's wealth of wildlife (some of our residents decided to go fishing during the shoot and I marveled at one of the bass fish they were later prepping for the wood fired grill), our campfires, and barbecues.
But they chose the more spartan downstairs kitchen in favor of the upstairs kitchen with its higher cabinets and soaring vaulted ceiling and hand hewn cedar trim work. And they chose the folksy back stairs instead of the majestic creek because it told the story better. And they set up outdoors at the gateway to our hike and bike trail for the interview.
I learned a lot about how the pros do it and what goes on behind the scenes in reality tv. The day ended with the realization that we didn't have 220 volts for their tiny home to plug in to so we're off to Home Depot as soon as it opens up today to gather some parts.
Day three should even be more exciting as the production crew will focus on the tiny home itself.
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