West Sedona Arizona 86336
HGTV - Vacation House For Free ~ Sedona Oasis
Hosted By Matt Blashaw
Featuring Joshua Lovell - Joshua Tree Landscape
This is a photo from after the "Big Reveal"
*Joshua Tree Landscape Design - Artist Rendition 2015
I saw a reminder from a Facebook post that talked about the "Big Reveal". At the time Rick did the photo shoot of the episode for Joshua, we were not allowed to post anything on social media until after the "Big Reveal". The episode did not air until season 2. Episode 7 first aired in 2016, 9 months after the filming was finished.
It was very interesting to be involved with this project. I initially got a call to air one of my listings as a vacation "choice" of the buyers but my sellers did not want to be part of the show. I found that odd, because it is great publicity for their home. Remember, this was 2015 and a buyers market. Homes were not "flying off the shelves" like 2021-2022!
WEST SEDONA, ARIZONA - Prior to filming this episode, there is a lengthy process of deciding what would go into the show. What areas would the audience like to see or visit. Picking an area that will captivate the audience is only part of the challenge. Other areas such as the participants (e.g. homebuyers), their personality, type of properties, B-roll film, charisma of the host as well as the emphasis on the "Big Reveal" all matter in a successful DIY or HGTV show, like "Vacation House For Free - Sedona Oasis".
HGTV was very fortunate to get Joshua Lovell to help with this particular episode, "Sedona Oasis". Joshua Treescape Landscaping designed and contracted the landscape project. Joshua is an actual contractor and has built his own home as well as other projects in the Verde Valley. His projects are built with quality in mind.
It was Joshua that saw that the drainage on the property was a real problem and had to be addressed. He was the only contractor who had discussed this with HGTV. It was also his idea to come up with the sliding door addition (not shown in these images) to make it easy to access the backyard paradise that he designed for HGTV.
Completed Fire Pit as shown in top image during construction.
* The "Before" Image and "Artist Rendition" were pulled off video as screenshots.
HGTV's website page for the teaser of the Sedona Oasis episode.
Rick Sperry Images© - Sheri & Rick Sperry were not compensated by any of the parties for their part in this episode.
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