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 February 7, 2012
Barrington Builder Ready For TV Gig

David: Contractor Andy Tiplady to be a regular on the 'This Old House' show featuring the remodeling of a Barrington Beach-front house by his company.

Andy Tiplady is ready to become a TV star.

?I don?t know about being a star,? said the Barrington contractor who is remodeling the Barrington Beach-front home for the "This Old House" TV show. ?But I?m ready to work.?

Tiplady is expected to be a regular on the award-winning show, which is chronicling the remodeling of a home at the end of Lorraine Street owned by pediatricians Geoff Allen and Michelle Forcier. The 10 episodes are being filmed this fall for a January premiere.

?I?ve never been on TV,? Tiplady said from the job site Tuesday afternoon. ?I?m doing this for Geoff and Michelle. But the exposure will be good. If something comes along, so be it.?

Tiplady said his company, which he started in 1986, has been busy even with the recession and the housing downturn. He was approached by "This Old House" through the architect for the project, Mary Brewster.

?She called me when they were down to the final dozen applicants,? said Tiplady. ?She asked me if I was willing to do this.?

He told here he wanted to think about it. He called her the next day and said yes.

Tiplady said his role will primarily be ?walking through the house showing Kevin (O?Connor) what we?re doing.? O?Connor is the host of the show.

Tiplady has already met everyone connected with the show, including master carpenter Norm Abram, the Rhode Island native known for his role on ?This Old House? and ?The New Yankee Workshop? show.

?His input will really be appreciated,? Tiplady said.

The project ?is fairly well along,? said Tiplady, who has five months to complete the job. His crew, all of whom also will spend periods of time on the show, have completely gutted out the interior and were making preparations on Tuesday for the two-story addition being added on the west side of the house.

Besides the TV show, Tiplady and his crew will be regulars on the TV show's website through webcams showing work in progress.

Tiplady is a Barrington native who graduated from high school with the intent of becoming a tool-maker. He began working construction for a relative, where ?I got my feet wet,? he said. The next thing he knew he was running a construction company.

Tiplady said he wasn't asked to audition for the TV show. He did show the producers the quality of his work by taking them on a tour of several houses he has built.

Tiplady and his wife, Cindy, have two children, Zach, 14, and Emma, 11. His wife helped him make the decision to work with "This Old House."

The Tiplady family is known for its clambakes in Barrington.

?We used to do them several times each summer,? he said. ?Not as often now.?

Tiplady will have to do at least one more clambake this year. "This Old House" wants to incorporate one into the show as a sidebar, he said.

?This is a fun project,? Tiplady said. ?And the views are spectacular. What better house to represent Rhode Island??


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Barrington contractor Andy Tiplady.Credit William Rupp

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Andy Tiplady (second from right) and his four-man crew (from left), Rick Tiplady, a cousin; Chris Aguiar, George Duarte, and Mike Younger.Credit William Rupp

Source: William Rupp/barringtonpatch.com


 
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