Television is no longer just a spectator sport. You can learn from experts just about anything: how to fish, how to cook, and even how to flip houses. Some of the networks that are ever growing in popularity are the one focusing on the do-it-yourself at-home projects. Networks like HGTV and DIY have really found their niche with shows like Fixer Upper and Flea Market Flip.
Here are our Top 5 remodeling project shows on TV now:
Premiering well before the home-makeover TV boom of the early 2000s, PBS‘ “This Old House” is still going strong 30 years into its run. The show launched Bob Vila’s career and whetted TV viewers’ appetite for programs about house transformations, and the other shows on this list couldn’t exist without this one.
As the name suggests, “This Old House” focuses on renovation projects involving vintage homes, all thanks to a team of carpenters, electricians, and contractors. It’s the most classic example of a home-based reality show, and it remains relevant to this day, earning it a prime position in our ranking.
“This Old House” may be the show that started it all, but the 21st century’s massive boom in home-makeover series happened because of one unforgettable show: “Trading Spaces.” This one had it all: quirky designers, interpersonal conflicts between neighbors, beautiful makeovers, and not-so-beautiful makeovers.
The show has returned to television and can be found on TLC.
Although many home-makeover shows involve high budgets and opulent design choices, HGTV’s “Design on a Dime” brings a much-needed accessibility to the genre. On each episode, host Casey Noble and her team completely redesign a room with a budget of $1,000-2,500. Because they’re not working with limitless funds, the team gets pretty savvy with their sourcing.
Their commitment to thrift-store finds, DIY projects, and saving high-dollar purchases for items that will last a lifetime make “Design on a Dime” the perfect show for broke 20-somethings who have ambitious decorative tastes.
On HGTV’s “Love It or List It,” hosts Hilary Farr and David Visentin can be pretty unpleasant to each other. But that’s part of the show’s structure: two home gurus (a decorator and a property expert) with drastically different points of view face off for the homeowner’s attention and business.
Because it’s basically a competition show, “Love It or List It” gets away with a non-harmonious host relationship, and between Hilary’s keen eye for style and David’s insider knowledge of the market, the homeowners often have a difficult choice to make — which is why we’re still watching.
Consistently ranked among HGTV’s most-popular shows, “Property Brothers” has a lot going for it.
Twin brothers, Drew and Jonathan Scott, are a formidable duo. Drew’s real estate know-how and Jonathan’s contracting expertise make them uniquely qualified for the tasks at hand, and their home transformations are among the most impressive on TV.
There are so many others out there and available on many platforms, like Netflix, Amazon Prime or Hulu. So find one you like and let the creative juices flow as you binge watch a few!
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