Scott Omelianuk is an unlikely character to play the part of Editor in Chief of This Old House. This is the popular home improvement magazine that The New York Times says has “turned home improvement into an art form, its knowledgeable contractors guiding homeowners through seemingly flawless renovations for the last 34 years.”
The 14 Year Renovation
Omelianuk, on the other hand, has lived in the same three-story house for 14 years and has yet to complete his own remodel. He has run into all the same problems the average homeowner encounters: everything from negligent contractors to the birth of a child. He became editor of This Old House in 2004 and since then has brought his own spin on home improvement to the magazine, colored by his life experiences.
A Home Under Construction
Perhaps out of frustration with his own home improvement efforts, his editorials are full of scathing comments about the shows on television that show homes go from drab to perfectly remodeled in just a few short days. Visitors to the Omelianuk home will find that despite the 14 years of renovation it has undergone, the building is still a construction zone. The front sidewalk is dug up, replaced “temporarily” with plywood boards, abandoned doors are stacked in the mudroom, and the master bathroom has yet to be updated.
A True Perfectionist
Omelianuk himself has been a source of delay for the home remodel. He admitted to repainting his living room “a half-dozen times before finding exactly the right shade of purple.” He also worked with his contractor when building the kitchen cabinets so that the wood grain would wrap continuously around the room. How’s that for perfection?
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