“The show focuses on people who’ve been taken advantage of,” he said. The family on Redwood Drive was chosen after Holmes put the word out on his Web site that he needed a Southern California subject to use as an example for his appearance on “Ellen.” The family had become involved with a contractor the family says depleted a $210,000 budget last year, he said, while only completing about 10 percent of the project – before suing them for an additional $100,000. “Especially in California, homeowners aren’t well-protected by the law,” Holmes said. “Contractors have the ability to control their homes through legal channels.” A judge later decided the contractor could not collect the money it was suing for, but the family still lost the initial investment, Holmes said. It took a month to fix mistakes left by the contractor, Holmes said. PASADENA A home-renovation project gone awry in Pasadena will be the subject of segments on two popular TV shows this month. The 1,700-square-foot house in the San Rafael Hills on Redwood Drive will appear as a two-part episode titled “Pasadena 911” on the Canadian home remodeling show “Holmes on Homes.” Part of that show will be featured on an upcoming segment of the Los Angeles-based “Ellen” talk show, hosted by Ellen Degeneres. “I just got sick of hearing about and seeing homeowners get ripped off,” contractor Mike Holmes, creator of the Canadian show, said Tuesday while overseeing work at the site. He decided five years ago to launch the show in order to inform viewers about the pitfalls of remodeling while helping unwitting families, who have often been financially ruined by unscrupulous contractors. The house with a hillside view features a dramatic vaulted entry and vaulted ceilings, which make it appear much larger than it is, Holmes said. Most materials for the televised projects are donated by a variety of companies. This one will receive bamboo flooring, multi-colored porcelain tile and exotic wood decking from www.builddirect.com, a Canadian company that delivers products to job sites. “We saw an opportunity to partner with a Canadian TV show to help a family in distress,” said Rob Banks, the direct-supply company’s co-founder. “We do a lot of business in California and saw the chance to help a family in distress.” Holmes has three principles for homeowners considering hiring a contractor, no matter how small or large the job: Become educated about building codes and building inspectors; check out the prospective contractor by calling numerous references; and participate and be present through the process as much as possible. For further information and the show’s air times, visit www.holmesonhomes.com [email protected] (626) 578-6300 Ext. 4461160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!