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Thrill of a lifetime for 'true redneck Canadians'

Despite her husband's unhandy handiwork, Suzanne Taylor said she created "lifetime memories" last Friday when Home and Garden Television (HGTV) spent the day shooting at their Black Creek home.

"It was very interesting. It was long hours, from the morning until 9:30 p.m., but we turned it into a lot of fun," she said.

Suzanne's husband Coleman was featured in the new special hosted by CBC Radio's Steve Patterson, which searches the country for unhandy homeowners with an eccentric, unconventional approach to home repairs.

"Coleman is not a journeyman carpenter, but he wanted to build to the best that he can," explained Taylor. "It's not all the best and, yes, there were a lot of screwups."

She said she signed up her husband for the show at the end of October.

"How often does HGTV come to the Comox Valley? It was fun and Steve was an amazing host," added Taylor.

The yet-to-be-named one-hour show is scheduled to air in the spring and seeks people who are more like MacGyver than Mike Holmes.

The show asks why return empties for a refund, when an old can converts into a new showerhead?

"They were looking for people who are unconventional and eclectic," added Taylor, who said she and Coleman are self-admitted "true redneck Canadians" who use lots of duct tape during construction.

Mountain Road Productions, which is contracted by HGTV to produce the show, gave the couple a gift certificate to aid in completion of their renovations, but Taylor said by participating, the show said they would pay for all the renos to be fixed.

Taylor explained although it would put her mind at ease to see their project funded, she is glad her family participated in the show.

"We're just an ordinary family and we had the opportunity to get the thrill of a lifetime."

For more information, visit www.hgtv.ca.

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