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Help! I Wrecked My House Review

From an outsider’s perspective, renovating one’s home is a simple process. But those who know better can easily say otherwise.

Help! I Wrecked My House premiered last night on HGTV. On the series, homeowners who have attempted and failed to do DIY home renovations turn to Jasmine Roth. The goal of Roth and her team is to complete the process that the owners were unable to.

I enjoyed the show. Though it is reality television, it is not as much of a brain drain as other programs in the genre are. Roth comes off as both amiable and knowledgeable. As a viewer, I was engaged, eager to see the final results of the renovation.

I recommend it.

Help! I Wrecked My House airs on Saturday night at 8PM on HGTV.

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Throwback Thursday: You Live In What? (2012-2018)

A house is much more than the four walls and the roof that make up the physical structure. It is made up of the emotions, the memories, and the familial connections that make a house a home.

You Live In What? aired on HGTV from 2012-2018. The show took viewers into homes that at another point in time were used for other purposes.

Among the television programs that HGTV presents to their viewers, I think this is one of the most interesting. It shows the creativity and the ingenuity that it takes to transform any building from just a building to something more.

I recommend it.

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Flashback Friday- Tiny House Hunters (2014-Present)

It has been said that bigger is not always better.

Tiny House Hunters has aired on HGTV since 2014.

The premise of the show is as follows: a home owner looking to downsize to a much smaller home, known as tiny homes. The subject(s) of the episode are shown three potential options. At the end of the episode, one home is chosen.

What I like about this show is that it proves that one does not need a huge home to be happy. Sometimes a smaller home is best.

I recommend it.

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Flashback Friday-Beachfront Bargain Hunt (2013-Present)

For some of us, the dream is own a house on the beach. Waking up to the rising sun and walking into the sand just steps from your front door is the vision of the perfect day.

Beachfront Bargain Hunt has aired on HGTV since 2013. The structure of each episode is the same as any other house hunting program on the channel. The subjects are looking for a new home. The difference is that they are looking for houses on or near the beach and they are on a limited budget. After being shown three different homes, a decision is made as to which house to purchase.

I don’t watch this show very often. But when I do, I feel like I am watching it as wish fulfillment. For me, it’s almost a what if scenario. What if I was able to purchase one of these homes? Where would I purchase it and which house would I choose?

Do I recommend it? I am leaning toward yes.

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Throwback Thursday- Property Brothers: Buying + Selling (2012 to Present)

The process of preparing your home to be sold so you can buy another requires that the homeowner put their best home foot forward.

Property Brothers: Buying+ Selling has aired on HGTV since 2012. The premise of the program is that brothers Drew and Jonathan Scott step in to help the subject of each episode with the home buying process. But before the house can be sold, it requires some sort of renovation. While this renovation is being done, the homeowners are looking at potential new homes. At the end of each episode, the homeowner’s current home (post renovation) is sold and they will be moving into a new home.

Anyone who has read this blog knows that I have mixed feelings about the reality genre in general. This show, however, I like. It has enough of a high stakes drama to it, but it is not so derogatory that I feel my brain cells dying while I am watching it.

I recommend it.

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Flashback Friday: My Lottery Dream Home (2015-Present)

Winning the lottery can be described as wishful thinking. We often say “I will do x when I win the lottery or I will buy y when I win the lottery”. But for a lucky few that do win a significant amount of money, it can be life changing.

My Lottery Dream Home has aired on HGTV since 2015. The premise of the show is that the home buyers have won a significant amount of money playing the lottery. With their winnings, they are looking to purchase a new home. Host David Bromstad takes the home buyers to three potential new homes. At the end of each episode, a decision is made as to which house they will buy.

Watching this show is akin to wishful thinking becoming a reality. It’s as if the viewer is living vicariously through that episode’s subjects. What makes this show so curious and compelling is the question as to which home the buyers will choose.

I recommend it.

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A Very Brady Renovation Review

Fifty years ago, a little family show premiered. It told the story of the marriage of a widower, a widow, their combined family of six children and their maid. It was only on the air for five years, but this show is as iconic as it gets.

The show is The Brady Bunch.

Monday night, A Very Brady Renovation premiered on HGTV. Last summer, the house was used as the exterior shots The Brady Bunch was put on the market. Purchased by HGTV, the house is being renovated to match the set. Led by HGTV stars The Property Brothers and advised by the actors who played the Brady kids, each episode focuses on the renovation of a specific portion of the house. At the end of the season, the home will look like it came straight out of the Hollywood sound stage.

I really like this show. It is unique, entertaining and full of nostalgia with just enough of the home renovation process to easily ensnare home renovation show addicts.

I recommend it.

A Very Brady Renovation airs on Monday nights at 9pm on HGTV.

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Flashback Friday-House Hunters International (2006-Present)

Looking for a new home is never an easy process. It is even harder when one has moved to another country.

House Hunters International premiered in HGTV in 2006 and for the last 13 years, has been a staple of the network’s schedule. The subject of each episode is looking for a new home outside of their home country. On top of dealing with the usual decisions when it comes to buying or renting a new home, they must also contend with the idea that their standard of what a home should be does not always match with the possibilities that the realtor has presented to them.

I like House Hunters International. I like it because it presents a different view of the world while simultaneously reminding the viewers that the house hunting process is the same, wherever one is looking to live.

I recommend it.

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Throwback Thursday-House Hunters Renovation (2012-Present)

The process of looking for a new home is hard enough. Adding a complete renovation to the process is almost akin to asking for a major headache on top of the home buying process.

This is the premise of the HGTV program, House Hunters Renovation (2012-Present). The first half of the episode follows the homeowners as they choose from one of three possible new homes to purchase. The second half of the episode continues to follow the new homeowners as their home is renovated.

I enjoy watching House Hunters Renovation. Unlike other reality shows, I feel like I am learning something. It’s also groan inducing to watch the homeowners as they deal with the pitfalls of renovating their new home.

I recommend it.

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Throwback Thursday-Flea Market Flip (2012-Present)

Finding something at a flea market is akin to finding a needle in the haystack.

The HGTV show, Flea Market Flip premiered in 2012. Hosted by Lara Spencer, the premise of the show is as follows: two teams are challenged to visit a flea market and find items that they can turn into something else. After they have found their raw materials, they go to a workshop where they rebuilt what they have bought into new household objects. After all three items are assembled, the teams are in a race to sell those items at another flea market at the highest price. The winning team earns $5000.

Flea Market Flip is obviously reality show. But from my perspective, the challenge of finding the items, rebuilding them and then reselling the items makes the show worth watching.

Do I recommend it? Yes.

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