Eric Richards’ Life Nearly Changed Forever in the Summer of 2012

Local contractor almost builds his dream

The following article was posted on June 16, 2014 on the Janesville Gazette

JANESVILLE—Eric Richards’ life nearly changed forever in the summer of 2012.

An NBC representative called the South Central Wisconsin Builders Association asking for local builders to apply for a reality show that the TV network wanted to run, originally called “Home Transformers.”

SCWBA Executive Officer Carol Engebretson thought the whole thing was a joke at first.

“I had noticed on my caller ID that I had a missed call from NBC studios,” she said. “I kinda thought, ‘Yeah, right.’ I was skeptical—extremely skeptical.”

After noticing a few more missed calls over the next several days, Engebretson eventually picked up when she saw NBC calling.

The representative said NBC was looking for builders from all over the country to audition for the reality show in Los Angeles, she said. Engebretson emailed SCWBA members and told them they could apply.

Eric Richards Construction / General ContractorRichards did, and he received a call within two days.

The network’s casting company interviewed him several times on the phone and through Skype. He then had to send in a five-minute video showing why he’d make a good pick for the show.

In January 2013, Richards drove to Chicago to do in-person interviews with the casting company. The network did extensive background checks on Richards by contacting his customers, looking at pictures and videos of his work online and even hiring a private investigator.

Richards eventually got the call that he was on the show, and he found himself on a plane to L.A. He went through more interviews, training and psychological evaluations in California.

“It was exciting,” he said. “It was kind of a rush.”

NBC assured Richards he was in and sent him home.

Three months went by, and the show’s focus shifted from architecture to interior design and became “American Dream Builders.”

“I’m a building contractor that has a good feel for shapes and design and layout and structure,” Richards said. “The actual placing of pillows on couches and stuff like that? It’s not really my forte.”

Still, Richards made it through casting for a second time and prepared to fly out to L.A. to begin shooting in November of last year. That’s when his year-and-a-half journey came to an end.

“Literally two days before I fly out there, I get a call, and they say, ‘We cut the cast from 14 to 12. You’re the first one out,’” Richards said.

He jokingly refers to himself as the show’s first loser.

“It’s disappointing,” he said. “You get that far. You’re right there. You can see it. You can taste it, and you can’t quite get there.”

The producers still asked him to fly to California as a backup in case one contestant quit. Richards decided to go because he knew it’d be a unique opportunity, he said.

“The first day of the shoot came, and, lo and behold, no one dropped out, so they threw me on a plane and sent me home,” he said.

In his exit interview, NBC asked Richards if he’d be willing to do a second season. He isn’t sure that he would.

“Business here is first and foremost,” he said. “It would have been extremely hard to be away from my family for that long.”

Of the several thousand applicants for the show, Richards was essentially number 13, a fact he and Engebretson are proud of.

“Obviously, they saw something in me that they liked and saw something in what I do in my business that they liked and that they thought would work out good for the show,” he said.

“He’s got high quality and high standards in the building industry,” Engebretson said. “He thinks outside the box and does something unusual or different from someone else.”

Richards doesn’t regret his decision to apply for the show. Going after something you want is important, he said.

“It’s like anything in life. If it’s something you think you wanna try, go for it,” he said. “Be willing to take every opportunity possible when you can and just run with it.”

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1st Place: SCWBA 2013 Parade of Homes Remodeled Homes People’s Choice Award

Eric Richards Construction / General ContractorEric Richards Construction is extremely proud to have taken this unfinished home basement in Janesville and turned it into a beautiful finished basement that our home owners truly loves. Winning first place in the remodelers category is nice, however at Richards Construction our real award is another happy home owner.  Thank you Lyle & Chris.  We wish you man years of health and happiness enjoying your newly remodeled basement in Janesville, Wisconsin.

“Plaques and awards are nice, however the real award and quite honestly the only award or accolade that matters is when a homeowner tells us we fulfilled their dreams and visions” – Eric Richards

2013 SCWBA Peoples Awards

 

 

 

 

 

 

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You have all come to know and love Richards Construction for the highest quality custom homes in the area. Upon entering this newly remodeled basement you will find everything you have come to expect in a Richards Construction project. As in all our new construction home or remodels, you will notice the attention to detail and custom features that set us apart from the rest. So whether you are looking to build, remodel or put a new addition on your home, call us and together we can turn your vision into reality. Thank you to this year’s parade homeowners for allowing us to showcase our talents and create a beautiful entertaining space.

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Come See the Newly Remodeled Basement In Our 2013 Parade of Home Remodel

Join Richards Construction for SCWBA’s biggest upcoming event of the year…the 2013 Parade of Homes on September 14th & 15th from 11am-5pm!

Parade Of Home Location Address4246 Capella Dr., Janesville, WI (Driving Directions: E. Rotamer Rd. to north on N. Wright Rd. to east on Starbrite Dr. to north on Onion Dr. to west on Cappela Dr. – google map) Customize Your Home with Richards Construction! You have all come to know and love Richards Construction for the highest quality custom homes in the area. Upon entering this newly remodeled basement you will find everything you have come to expect in a Richards Construction project. As in all our new construction home or remodels, you will notice the attention to detail and custom features that set us apart from the rest. So whether you are looking to build, remodel or put a new addition on your home, call us and together we can turn your vision into reality. Thank you to this year’s parade homeowners for allowing us to showcase our talents and create a beautiful entertaining space.

EVENT INFORMATION

2013 South Central Wisconsin Builders Association Parade of Homes & Tour of Remodeled Homes is a celebration of 28 years showcasing some of the area’s best builders and remodelers. The fact that this is their 28th year signifies the strength and resolve of the businesses in the South Central Wisconsin’s Builders Association. Remodeled Homes are Open the Second Weekend ONLY (Sept. 14 & 15)! This year’s homes are located in Janesville, Milton, Edgerton & Beloit.

Saturday, September 7th, 2013 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Sunday, September 8th, 2013 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Friday, September 13th, 2013 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Saturday, September 14th, 2013 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Sunday, September 15th, 2013 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM

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COST to ATTEND

Advance Ticket Purchase is $6.00 Each!

BUY Early – SAVE $1 per ticket! Tickets will be available beginning Monday, August 26th at the following locations:

  • AnchorBank – Holiday Dr & Racine St
  • Associated Bank
  • Bank of Milton
  • Blackhawk Community Credit Union – East, North & West branches
  • First Community Bank – Milton
  • Johnson Bank – Main St, Holiday Dr, N Wright Rd
  • BMO Harris Bank – Main St, Creston Park, Center Ave, Milton Ave, Evansville, Beloit, Edgerton
  • Marklein Builders
  • Marling Homeworks
  • Marling Lumber
  • Nelson Young Lumber Company
  • SCWBA Office
  • The Title Team

Tickets Purchased During the Event are $7.00 Each! All Parade Homes will have Tickets available for Purchase onsite! One ticket allows you entrance to ALL Parade Homes (New & Remodeled) throughout the duration of the Parade.

We hope you enjoy the Parade this year and don’t forget, when condisering your next remodel project or construction of your dream home, be sure to contact Richards Construction in Janesville, WI [/one_half] [one_half_last] [/one_half_last]

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