Watching HGTV, the impression one gets is that home building and renovation industry is a gendered one. The man handle the construction and the women are in charge of the decor.
Good Bones premiered on the channel in 2016 and has been a regular part of the schedule ever since. The redheaded mother-daughter duo Karen E. Laine and Mina Starsiak Hawk, co-owners of Two Chicks and a Hammer, renovate and restore houses in their home town of Indianapolis. As is expected, there are issues along the way. But the hope is that once the home is done, it will be sold for a nice profit.
What I like about this show is the unique mother/daughter relationship. Mina is the levelheaded one while Karen is more creative. I also love that it disputes the myth that women are only able to and/or not interested in the construction aspect of home building and renovation.
Success in the entertainment industry, if nothing else, breeds copycats.
The HGTV show, Desert Flippers (2016-Present) follows IRL couple Wisconsin to Palm Springs transplants Eric and Lindsey Bennett as they buy and flip homes. The structure of the episode is the same as it is in the genre of home renovation shows. A rundown home with potential is purchased and renovated. Along the way, there are challenges. By the end of the episode, property of the week is redone top to bottom and ready to be sold.
As home renovation shows go, this program is par for the course. But it is still interesting to watch the process of finding a diamond in the rough and making it shine like new.
We all know that home prices within the United States vary.
A Sale of Two Cities has been on the HGTV schedule since 2014. The premise of the program is as follows: two sets of homeowners are looking to buy a new home in different parts of the country. The catch is that while the price point is the same, the types of properties that are available for purchase vary based on the location.
I find this show to be fascinating. What makes it different than your standard house hunting TV show is the revelation of how one can buy a four bedroom home with an acre of land in one part of the country and a two bedroom apartment in another part of the country.
Sibling rivalry is for many, part and parcel, part of the growing up experience.
Since 2013, Brother Vs. Brother has aired on HGTV. In the series, Drew and Jonathan Scott each buy and flip a rundown home. At the end of the season, the winner is the one whose newly renovated property sells for the highest purchase price.
Among the catalog of shows starring the Scott brothers, this is five out of ten for me. It’s fine and entertaining, but I can’t say that it is appointment television.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.