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HGTV’s home remodeling show "Bang For Your Buck" is coming to Sacramento for the first time.

And if you’re a homeowner who’s recently renovated your master suite or an outgoing Realtor who’d like to appear on the show, a TV production company wants to talk to you.

High Noon Entertainment is searching for three homeowners who’ve had their master bedrooms and bathrooms overhauled within the last three years. Applicants must send photos, renovation costs and applications by March 11.

Executives with HGTV and High Noon Entertainment decided to take the show to Sacramento after all the attention the city and the region have been getting lately. Some of that attention has come from local efforts to live sustainably, including building and designing in environmentally friendly or "green" ways, said High Noon Casting Producer Denielle Johnson.

"There are a lot of interesting things going on in Sacramento right now, as far as design and building," Johnson said.

The Sacramento area has also gotten a lot of recent attention from national reality TV shows, production companies and cable channels.

Last year, the Food Network show "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives" shot a segment at The Golden Bear in Midtown, and the Travel Channel’s “Man v. Food” filmed at downtown landmark Jim-Denny’s. Other eateries have been featured on the shows in recent years.

The Idea Factory, a TV production company based in Sacramento, has been spotlighting the Camellia City on "Yard Crashers," "Turf War" and two other DIY Network shows over the last few years.

A crew from High Noon Entertainment, which is based in Denver, will be in town in April to film "Bang For Your Buck."

Johnson said she’s looking for fun, enthusiastic and energetic homeowners from a wide range of backgrounds and ages.

"We really strive to have a good time on this show," she said. "We are definitely looking for a diversity of spaces, a diversity of people."

The renovations should cost $20,000 and up and include both bedroom and bathroom. Additions qualify as renovations. The production company will choose three renovations with similar budgets.

Individual homeowners and couples in the Sacramento area can apply. Single homeowners should recruit a friend, relative or design expert to interview and appear on the show with them so they can play off each other, she said.

"I think it’s more fun for them anyway," she said. "They’re less likely to feel intimidated if they have company."

On the show, the homeowners lead a tour of their renovated spaces. Then a local real estate expert and a design expert walk through discussing the renovations and the returns that could be expected on the investments.

The homeowners watch the experts talk about their home on a closed-screen TV.

Interested homeowners should send in photos of themselves, before and after photos of the master suites, and the cost of the projects as soon as possible. Realtors who can appear as guest experts are also being sought.

Johnson will set up calls to interview people by phone after getting two-page applications that discuss the renovations.

The whole process should be easy and fun, she said.

"The application is not meant to be brain surgery. You’re meant to have fun with it," she said.

To apply, e-mail Denielle Johnson at djohnson@highnoontv.com or call her at 303-872-8721.

Suzanne Hurt is a staff reporter for The Sacramento Press. Follow her on Twitter @SuzanneHurt. 

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