Our 'Showhouse Showdown' Journey

Cobblestone Homes was chosen to build two houses for the new HGTV series "Showhouse Showdown" during a nationwide search in summer 2011.

 

Our episode, filmed at the two Larkin Township homes in August 2011, drew a record-breaking crowd of about 700 people from throughout mid-Michigan. The episode will air at 2:30 p.m. March 24.

 

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"Showhouse Showdown" pits two professional interior designers against each other at nearly identical homes. The designers were given identical budgets and the chance to create a winning interior.

 

Mid-Michigan residents chose the winning "Showhouse Showdown" designer by voting which home they liked best during an open house Aug. 20.

 

The HGTV show is hosted by Michigan native Bob Guiney, who rose to fame when he starred on ABC's "The Bachelor" and later as the host of TLC's "Date My House" and the Game Show Network's "GSN Live" and "Bingo Blitz."

 

Cobblestone co-owner Mark Wahl showed Guiney around while he was in town — even taking him to the Midland County Fair, where they bought a pig.

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Get a Look Inside the Cobblestone Homes Featured on HGTV

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Now that our episode of "Showhouse Showdown" has aired on HGTV, we are happy to share the photo galleries of the two homes featured on the episode.

The "Showhouse Showdown" episode filmed in Larkin Township took place within two houses built by Cobblestone Homes. The show pitted professional Michigan interior designers Corey Damen Jenkins and Michelle K. Mio against each other at the two homes. The designers were given the same decorating budgets and the chance to create a winning interior.

If you missed the episode's premiere March 24, don't fret: An encore presentation will air today (March 30) at 1:30 p.m.

See Corey Damen Jenkins's winning interior designs here.

See the photo gallery of Michelle K. Mio's designs here.


 
'Spicy' Bob Guiney Talks with 'Showdown' Homeowners

"Showhouse Showdown" host Bob Guiney said he didn't know what was wrong with himself during Saturday's viewing party, but he was "feeling spicy!"

So check out a spicy Bob Guiney on this video as he talks with Scott and Karla McFarland, who bought the winning house featured on the Midland County episode of the HGTV show.


 
Bob Guiney Talks Oprah, 'The Bachelor' and More on Video

During the Cobblestone Homes viewing party of our HGTV "Showhouse Showdown" episode on Saturday, host Bob Guiney took questions from the crowd, which understandably included curiosity about his time on ABC's "The Bachelor."

Guiney talked about the reality show and how it propelled his career, leading to a friendship with talk show pioneer Oprah Winfrey and a lucrative stint with "The View," which he credits for getting him into home improvement shows.

Learn more by watching this video interview with local TV station NBC25.


 
Hundreds Attend HGTV 'Showhouse Showdown' Viewing Party

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About 225 mid-Michigan residents joined Cobblestone Homes to watch our long-awaited appearance on HGTV's "Showhouse Showdown" during a viewing party Saturday at Saginaw Valley State University.

"Showhouse Showdown" host Bob Guiney emceed the event, which was part of the weekend's 51st annual Home & Lifestyle Show at the Ryder Center.

"I'm proud of this episode because it shows off Michigan — the greatest state in the United States — to the entire country," said Guiney, a Detroit native who became a household name during his time as ABC's "The Bachelor."

The "Showhouse Showdown" episode filmed in Larkin Township took place within two houses built by Cobblestone Homes. The show pitted professional Michigan interior designers Corey Damen Jenkins and Michelle K. Mio against each other at the two homes. The designers were given the same decorating budgets and the chance to create a winning interior.

Bob Guiney Guiney said that before the show came to Midland County, they had just wrapped up filming out West, where the design competition took place in town homes.

"Then I get here, and these beautiful custom homes are on big lots, and they had everything you could want — plus great energy ratings," Guiney said of the homes, which, like all Cobblestone homes, were built to high performance standards, operating at energy levels far below the industry standard.

He said that, as always, he was impressed with the Great Lakes Bay Region — "You treated us like rockstars" — and was amazed that so many people came out for the show's Aug. 20, 2011, open house, which determined the show's winning designer. About 700 area residents showed up that day, setting a "Showhouse Showdown" open house attendance record, Guiney said.

During the episode that aired Saturday, Cobblestone co-owner Melissa Wahl told the designers that Midland is home to intellectual, professional folks who move here from all over the world. Jenkins and Mio had to keep that in mind when competing so they could appeal to this home market and the homes' potential buyers.

Of the 700 people who attended the open house, the first 100 voted to determine the winner, which was revealed as Jenkins during the airing Saturday.

During a commercial break before the winner was revealed at the viewing party, Guiney asked the crowd to indicate, by round of applause, which designer they thought had won the competition. The roar of the crowd was the same for both, which mimicked the result of voting on the day of the open house: Only 10 votes separated Jenkins and Mio.

Both houses sold within 48 hours of the open house.

"That's what I do, people," Guiney joked.

Scott and Karla McFarland, who bought the winning house, attended Saturday's viewing party. They said they are extremely pleased with how the house turned out.

They had been looking to build a Cobblestone home before finding out about the HGTV homes. They didn't get to tour it during the open house because they were in Las Vegas, but they fell in love with it upon their return.

When questioned Saturday, Karla McFarland revealed she is a Spartan, which prompted a hug from Guiney, a fellow Michigan State University alum.

"Showhouse Showdown" premiered in fall 2011 as a one-hour show. After a brief hiatus, it returned to HGTV's lineup in March as a 30-minute show, which Guiney thinks works better.

"Showhouse Showdown" airs at 2:30 p.m. Saturdays on HGTV. An encore performance of the local episode is slated for 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 30.

Did you watch the episode? What did you think? Leave us a comment on our Facebook page.

 

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Bob Guiney Excited to Return to Mid-Michigan for Viewing Party

Bob Guiney — the "Showhouse Showdown" host who will join us for a viewing party during our HGTV appearance Saturday — says he is excited to return to the Great Lakes Bay Region.

MLiveHomeShowStory"I'm a Detroit boy," Guiney told MLive.com. "I absolutely love the Midland area. My family has a home near West Branch and I've been going through Bay City and Saginaw and Midland all my life so it was great to have a show that can showcase my home state."

Cobblestone Homes will be featured on HGTV's "Showhouse Showdown," and you're invited to join us for a public viewing party when the episode airs at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 24. The viewing will take place on the main floor of Saginaw Valley State University's Ryder Center during the 51st Annual Home & Lifestyle Show.

The Home & Lifestyle Show will feature a couple hundred local vendors.

"We've had over 200 booth spaces sold, so it's going to be a really massive show," Audra Davis, executive director of Home Builders Association of Saginaw, told MLive. "This will be our biggest year in quite a long time. I think the weather has helped, the economy is changing. The survivors in the industry, who are dedicated to their craft, are out to generate new business."

Read more of MLive's interview with Bob Guiney here.

Read more about the March 24-25 Home & Lifestyle Show here.


 
You Can Meet Host Bob Guiney During Our HGTV Viewing Party

BobGuineyOnsite"Showhouse Showdown" host Bob Guiney is filmed in front of a Larkin Township house built by Cobblestone Homes for the HGTV television show in August. Guiney will appear at a public viewing party when the episode premieres at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 24, during the 51st Annual Home & Lifestyle Show at Saginaw Valley State University's Ryder Center.

Everyone attending the viewing party for our HGTV "Showhouse Showdown" episode during the 51st Annual Home & Lifestyle Show on Saturday, March 24, will also get to see a famous face: Host and reality TV star Bob Guiney will be there, too.

Cobblestone Homes will be featured on HGTV's "Showhouse Showdown," and you're invited to join us for a public viewing party when the episode airs at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 24. The viewing will take place on the main floor of Saginaw Valley State University's Ryder Center during the Saginaw home and lifestyle show.

The HGTV show is hosted by Guiney, who became a household name during his time on ABC's reality show "The Bachelor."

"Bob is more than happy to come back for another chance to meet and greet with the people of the Great Lakes Bay Region," said Cobblestone Homes co-owner Mark Wahl, who got to know Guiney when the two worked together during "Showhouse Showdown" filming in Midland County in August. "He's a real down-to-earth guy who cares about Michigan and loves meeting new people through the show. If you've ever wanted to meet him, the Saginaw home show is your chance."

Guiney, a Detroit native, will sign autographs and pose for photographs during Saturday's viewing party. He will give away T-shirts after the episode airs. Cobblestone will exhibit at the show from Booths #116-117 and #761-762.

In addition to his time on "The Bachelor," Guiney has hosted the Game Show Network's "GSN Live" and "Bingo Blitz," and TLC's "Date My House." He also is finishing his fourth studio album with his longtime band Fat Amy, which also goes by the name "The Bob Guiney Band." He also is the lead singer of Band from TV, which features several prominent actors.

Last summer, we built two houses in Larkin Township for the local "Showhouse Showdown" episode. Both homes have since been sold.

"Showhouse Showdown" pits two professional interior designers against each other at two separate homes. The designers were given the same decorating budgets and the chance to create a winning interior.

Mid-Michigan residents chose the winning "Showhouse Showdown" designer by voting which home they liked best during an open house Aug. 20. About 700 area residents showed up for filming, setting a "Showhouse Showdown" open house attendance record, producers said.

The winning interior designer will be announced when the Midland episode airs at 2:30 p.m. March 24 on HGTV. Some mid-Michigan residents were interviewed during filming and will appear on the show.

The public viewing party will take place during the Home & Lifestyle Show, the largest professional "Home & Lifestyle Show" north of Detroit. The show runs 9 a.m.-8 p.m. March 24 and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. March 25 at Saginaw Valley State University's Ryder Center. Admission is $5 per person; 18 and younger free (free parking).

Will you be joining us for the viewing party? Let us know on our Facebook page!


 
MLive Tells Readers About 'Showhouse Showdown' Viewing Party

MLiveViewingPartyWe're just days away from the premiere of our episode of HGTV's "Showhouse Showdown," and MLive.com is making sure area residents know about Saturday's public viewing party.

The viewing party is set for 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Saginaw Valley State University's Ryder Center. The episode, which will feature many Great Lakes Bay Region residents, will air during the 51st Annual Home & Lifestyle Show. The viewing will take place on the main show floor at the Ryder Center.

Cobblestone Homes built two houses in Midland County's Larkin Township for the local episode.

Read more about the viewing party in this MLive article.


 
We're Hosting an HGTV Viewing Party — and We Want You There

Cobblestone Homes will be featured on the March 24 episode of HGTV's "Showhouse Showdown," and we want you to join us for a viewing party!

The public viewing party is set for 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at Saginaw Valley State University's Ryder Center. The episode, which also will feature many Great Lakes Bay Region residents, will air during the 51st Annual Home & Lifestyle Show. The viewing will take place on the main show floor at the Ryder Center.

HGTV-mailchimp-2"We couldn't have had such great success with our episode of 'Showhouse Showdown' without the help and participation of hundreds of wonderful folks from throughout the Great Lakes Bay Region," said Mark Wahl, co-owner of Cobblestone Homes, which was chosen for the HGTV show through a nationwide search.

"We see this viewing party as a big thank you to the tri-cities for supporting us — plus, it will be so much fun to all get together and watch ourselves on HGTV."

Cobblestone built two houses in Larkin Township for the local episode. Both homes have since been sold.

"Showhouse Showdown" pits two professional interior designers against each other at two separate homes. The designers were given the same decorating budgets and the chance to create a winning interior.

Mid-Michigan residents chose the winning "Showhouse Showdown" designer by voting which home they liked best during an open house Aug. 20. About 700 area residents showed up for filming, setting a "Showhouse Showdown" open house attendance record, producers said.

The winning interior designer will be announced when the Midland episode airs at 2:30 p.m. March 24 on HGTV. Some mid-Michigan residents were interviewed during filming and will appear on the show.

The public viewing party will take place during the Home & Lifestyle Show, the largest professional "Home & Lifestyle Show" north of Detroit. The show runs 9 a.m.-8 p.m. March 24 and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. March 25 at Saginaw Valley State University's Ryder Center. Admission is $5 per person; 18 and younger free (free parking).

Will you attend the viewing party? Join the discussion on our Facebook page, and let us know you're coming!


 
All Your 'Showhouse Showdown' News, All in One Spot

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The countdown is on until the Cobblestone Homes episode of "Showhouse Showdown" premieres on HGTV, and we have a new spot on our website for all the news related to the show.

We will appear in the "Showhouse Showdown" episode at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 24, on HGTV.

Our new HGTV "Showhouse Showdown" news page features all you need to know about our episode in one spot, including premiere information, a slideshow of photos during filming and news articles written by us and local media about the show.

We were chosen to build two houses for the new HGTV series during a nationwide search in summer 2011.

Our episode, filmed at the two Larkin Township homes in August 2011, drew a record-breaking crowd of about 700 people from throughout mid-Michigan.

"Showhouse Showdown" pits two professional interior designers against each other at nearly identical homes. The designers were given identical budgets and the chance to create a winning interior.

Mid-Michigan residents chose the winning "Showhouse Showdown" designer by voting which home they liked best during an open house Aug. 20.

Did you attend the open house? Did you tour the HGTV houses during the Fall Parade of Homes? We want to hear from you. Join the discussion about "Showhouse Showdown" on our Facebook page!


 
Local Papers Tout Cobblestone 'Showhouse Showdown' Episode

The buzz is growing as we make our way toward the March 24 premiere of Cobblestone Homes' "Showhouse Showdown" episode on HGTV.

HGTV, which filmed an episode of its new series "Showhouse Showdown" in Larkin Township in August, says the local episode will premiere at 2:30 p.m. March 24.

MLive tells readers about the upcoming episode in this report.

Did you attend the "Showhouse Showdown" open house? Did you tour the houses during the Fall Parade of Homes? Tell us what you thought about the houses on our Facebook page!


 
Cobblestone's 'Showhouse Showdown' Episode Set to Air in March

walkinhomeA2"Showhouse Showdown" host Bob Guiney leads a record-breaking open house crowd of nearly 700 into one of two houses that we built in Larkin Township for the HGTV television show in August. Our episode will premiere at 2:30 p.m. March 24.

Mid-Michigan residents who have been waiting all winter to possibly catch a glimpse of themselves on national television will finally get their chance.

HGTV, which filmed an episode of its new series "Showhouse Showdown" in Midland in August, says the local episode will premiere at 2:30 p.m. March 24.

Cobblestone Homes built two houses in Larkin Township especially for the local episode, which HGTV has named "Old World Style vs. Fun Floating Furniture." Both homes have since been sold.

Cobblestone was chosen for "Showhouse Showdown" through a nationwide search.

Mid-Michigan residents chose the winning "Showhouse Showdown" designer by voting which home they liked best during an open house Aug. 20.

"When HGTV first approached us about doing 'Showhouse Showdown,' the producers asked me if I thought mid-Michigan folks would turn out to support it," Cobblestone co-owner Mark Wahl said. "They had just filmed episodes in Oklahoma City, Pittsburgh and other big cities. They were concerned about Midland being smaller.

"Little did they know we'd set an attendance record. We got about 700 people here for the televised open house, and at the time of filming, that was by far the biggest crowd they'd ever had. I was proud of our work, and proud of the people in this region. I think Michigan's Great Lakes Bay Region comes off looking great."

The winning interior designer will be announced when the Midland episode airs at 2:30 p.m. March 24 on HGTV. Some mid-Michigan residents were interviewed during filming of the "Showhouse Showdown" open house and will appear on the show.

HGTV originally had planned to air the Midland episode in October 2011 but delayed the release of new shows until March 2012, citing stiff competition in the Monday night television lineup.

Join the discussion about "Showhouse Showdown" on our Facebook page as our episode's premiere nears!


 
'Showhouse Showdown' Host Bob Guiney Returning to Area

Bob Guiney, host of HGTV's "Showhouse Showdown" and former star of ABC's "The Bachelor," will return to mid-Michigan on Friday, Nov. 11, during a 7 p.m. appearance at The Saginaw News' 8th Annual All About Women Expo at Saginaw Valley State University's Ryder Center in Saginaw.

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Guiney was in mid-Michigan in August when Cobblestone Homes hosted filming of "Showhouse Showdown" at two of its homes in Midland. That episode, during which local residents voted to determine the winning designer, had been tentatively scheduled to air in October. HGTV has delayed the airing of "Showhouse Showdown" for now, citing stiff competition in the Monday night TV lineup.

HGTV says it has invested a lot of money into "Showhouse Showdown" and still believes it will draw viewers. It plans to air the remaining episodes once the network determines a more favorable time slot.

For ticket information and other details about the All About Women Expo, click here.


 
Tough Competition Cited for HGTV 'Showhouse Showdown' Delay

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HGTV says stiff competition in the Monday night television lineup is the reason it has decided to delay further episodes of its new show "Showhouse Showdown," which filmed an episode in August in Midland.

Cobblestone Homes built the two homes where the local episode was filmed. That episode, during which mid-Michigan residents voted to determine the winning designer, had been tentatively scheduled to air Oct. 17.

"The executive producer is extremely happy with our episode — the homes, the designers, the crowd, everything. We had more than 700 people show up for the last day of filming, and that broke a 'Showhouse Showdown' record," said Cobblestone co-owner Mark Wahl. "So our episode isn't the issue.

"The issue, producers said, is competing shows on competing networks. Folks are tuning into shows like 'Dancing with the Stars' (on ABC) during that time slot, and HGTV just isn't getting the numbers of viewers it needs right now to justify airing its new lineup."

HGTV says it has invested a lot of money into "Showhouse Showdown" and still believes it will draw viewers. It plans to air the remaining episodes once the network determines a more favorable time slot, Wahl said.

"Showhouse Showdown" pits two professional interior designers against each other in nearly identical homes. Designers are given identical decorating budgets and the chance to create a winning interior design. Cobblestone was chosen to build the two Midland homes for the show through a nationwide search.

We will announce via this website and our Facebook page any word we receive from HGTV regarding the air date.

For more information, contact us.


 
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