This is going to be controversial article for some but it has to be said. As I get a bit older, I find myself really gravitating towards shows around buying, selling, and renovating homes. There are few hits that never get old like This Old House (those dudes know what the fuck is up) and others that fall short like HGTV’s hit show, Fixer Upper which is the biggest bunch of bullshit I have ever seen. I have given the show more than enough opportunities, but after today’s episode I am calling it quits. If you haven’t seen the show, it’s about a couple who fixes up an old and rundown home and by the time the episode is finished, they reveal a newly renovated house. One of the more obscene problems is that they don’t leave Texas. The budget is usually $100,000 with around $100,000 renovation budget. Where I am from, 100k gets you a half acre of nothing. It is really frustrating seeing a budget with out of touch line items. Usually the episode goes as such:
Host: This house a lot of potential. What’s the budget?
Homeowner: Well, I spent 105k on the home, so i have 80k reno budget.
Host: With that budget, we will have a lot of options.
works on home for 5 weeks
Homeowner: Wow I love what you did to the house! You opened up the floor plan and put in barn doors for my closet! I love it!
END OF EPISODE
Does everyone in Texas want the same fucking house? It is the same shit every episode. They first find a rundown home, paint the every brick they can see, knock down a few walls opening up the floor plan, paint everything white and put in dark cabinets. Oh and I forgot – gotta put barn doors on the closet in the master bedroom. These two are one trick ponies. Do something else with your designs and for God’s sake: stage the home realistically…Am I the only one who notices they never put a TV anywhere in sight?
Side note: no one wants to see your kids “help” every episode…
I’m going back to the OG’s of duel home renovation – Property Brothers. That or Love it or List It IDGAF.
Sounds like you have a bad case of Show Envy. They do excellent work and I LOVE seeing the kids. You don’t like it….well, it’s like everything else – go somewhere else – which is what you say you are going to do!!! But why be mean and bad mouth people you don’t EVEN know???
The cost estimates on this show are a complete fabrication. It isn’t ethical to give people such a false sense of reality when it comes to the most expensive item in life, a home. How many people who love this show, end up under water because they have taken on a renovation project and gotten in over their heads? The price of these renovations are half or less, what they cost in real life. I’ve been in construction for more than 35yrs. Love this show all you want, just don’t be fooled into thinking the cost estimates are even remotely close to reality.
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False – and also, bad rebuttal. You cannot and will not pull the “IF YOU DONT LIKE IT MOVE OUTTA THE COUNTRY” bullshit excuse – especially when it comes to HGTV shows. I am an expert at HGTV network. You are barking up the wrong barn door buddy. lmfaoo
The main point is, with the amount of great content they produce, this is at the bottom of the totem pole, catering to mindless viewers. And why would I bash other people you ask? Because I am a hater/grudge guy. I hate a lot of people I don’t know.
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I think the show is more hocus pocus than reality!!! the amount of work done versus time and cost is a bit far fetched!!! I have renovated alot of homes and the cost and unseen problems is unforseen in many cases!! It is funny that the few workers you do see are Mexican which I am sure are not paid alot!! Just think the TV network is paying alot of the bill !!! Just a reality Tv show based on a “wholesome” family from Texas!!! Just like the internet…. dont believe everything you see or read!!!
Just watched, “The Beast” episode. There is absolutely no way that house was renovated for 100k. 3000 feet gut renovation, new siding, new roof, new driveway, a 10k front porch (they said was 5k) new walkway and grass sod installed? I agree. This show is not just B.S., it is complete BS!
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couldn’t agree with you more, Alan