Chuck and Taryn Vetter knew Home and Garden Television was coming to shoot their home for its program, “You Live in a What?” on Nov. 12. What they didn’t know was how difficult it could be.
“If I had it to do again,” Chuck Vetter said, “I’d want to better prepare for the interview. The thing is, I wouldn’t know how.”
The Vetter home, which is located in the upper story of the building housing the family businesses Sounds Great Music and CT Fit 24, served as McPherson’s original Opera Hall. The building itself was constructed in 1880, and eventually served as an office building until it was left derelict in the ’70s.
The Vetters bought part of the building in 2001, followed by the rest in 2008, after which they spent six months converting the former opera hall and office building into their home.
HGTV became aware of the Vetter home after seeing it in another publication and approached the Vetters with the opportunity to feature it on the HGTV series.
Vetter said the experience of having a television crew in his home was fun.
“The first person showed up at about 8:30 a.m.,” Vetter said, “and at the end of the day’s shoot, the last one left at about 7 p.m.”
Vetter said the crew was very friendly and gracious, but the experience did have its challenges.
“When they did the interview part with us, it was a bit disconcerting trying to act natural with people walking around. You’re trying not to look at the camera. By the time we were comfortable with it, we were done.”
Vetter said the show’s format also caused him unforeseen difficulty.
“The format kept us from revealing what the building was before we lived here and renovated it, which was very difficult.”
The crew went all through the Vetter home, but spent the most time in the former opera hall, which serves the family as an open storage area.
Vetter said the whole experience left him feeling really good.
“It was really gratifying,” Vetter said. “We’ve told our story for four years, but it’s difficult with lights, cameras and people around. We were all exhausted by the end of the day. We were toast.”
Vetter said a producer on the shoot guessed the episode of “You Live in a What?” featuring the Vetter home would likely premiere toward the end of the first quarter of 2014.