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HGTV wants to know who has the best remodeled kitchen in Vail?

Caramie Schnell
VAIL CO, Colorado
Special to the Daily

Home-improvement show addicts, listen up. HGTV’s “Bang For Your Buck” is coming to Vail or Aspen, depending on which town has the best entries. That’s right, the show’s producers are hoping local residents will apply to be on the show, which will likely be filmed Oct. 13 to 15.

“We are looking to feature fun and energetic homeowners who live in mountain homes and have recently – in the past five years – done a renovation on their kitchen and/or dining-room spaces,” said “Bang For Your Buck” casting producer Katie Woolsey. “A kitchen/eating area that opens directly onto an outdoor patio or deck is an added bonus. We are really hoping to find spaces with a distinct rustic, mountain vibe to them.”

The episode will focus on three similar indoor/outdoor entertaining spaces at similar price points. The show’s expert, Vern Yip, will then determine which of the three homeowners have gotten the biggest bang for their buck. New this season, the winner of the episode will receive a grand prize, which will be in the “thousands of dollars” range, Woolsey said.

“Vern goes through each house individually and talks about what they did an amazing job on and what he would have done differently,” she said. “He talks the whole renovation out on the show. At the end, the family who got the most bang for their buck, according to our expert, wins a substantial prize.”

This is the eighth season of the show, which Woolsey said is “one of the most popular shows on the network.”

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“This is the first season we’re doing big prizes. It’s a new, updated, improved season,” Woolsey said. “It’s always been a super popular show, but this will be even more intriguing to homeowners, I think.”

So just what does that “distinct rustic mountain vibe” entail? Antique skis hung on the walls? Or perhaps antler chandeliers?

“That’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of that, but it doesn’t have to be that,” she said. “It could be exposed beams or stone work or specific granite work that feels more mountain-y. We’re really hoping to find decor with a mountain feel to it, but we’re open. We might do a rustic modern or an updated take on what used to be rustic.”

Homeowners in both the Aspen and Vail area are being solicited for entries.

“We’re probably going to do one (town) or the other, depending on which one works out the best and what entries we get,” Woolsey said.

To apply, homeowners are asked to submit before and after photos of the space and photos of themselves. Homeowners also will be asked how much the renovation cost and to give a breakdown of those costs. If it was done using an interior-design company, that company will receive credit on the show website.

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