Call it a sign of the times (or my age) but I can’t get enough of home renovation TV shows at the moment. I’m addicted to tuning into a good restoration project, live for a home makeover reveal and spent 60+ hours of the last few weeks hooked to a reality renovation competition filmed in Australia. (No judgement please.)
So, for anyone else who might be looking for some interior design inspiration while spending more time inside, here are 6 of the best home makeover and renovation shows to watch right now, from someone who’s binge-watched them all!
6 home renovations shows to watch during lockdown
Your Home Made Perfect
I recently discovered this show on the Beeb and love it. It’s like home renovation for the digital generation. Two architects pitch to transform a couple’s home by showing them their ideas using virtual reality.
The homeowner’s pop on a headset and get absolutely blown away by their home’s potential before having to choose one of the designs to implement. Some of the architects’ ideas are pretty cutting edge and I love the episodes where the owners are brave enough to fully run with them.
Love It Or List It Australia
Brits may be familiar with Kirstie and Phil’s version of the show, which sees couples renovate their current home with Kirstie’s help and view alternative properties with Phil, before deciding if they will love or list the home they are in. It’s an interesting concept for a property show and one that works incredibly well in the substantial sun-filled homes on the Aussie version.
Pretty much every home that features on Love It Or List It Australia is big, bold, beautiful and often features a butler’s pantry. (Swoon.) The Love It renovations are truly inspiring – Neale Whitaker loves a cathedral ceiling and Velux windows – and having a snoop around the Aussie property market is always interesting. It’s pretty hard to call whether they will love or list every week, and personally I’d be more than happy with either option.
George Clark’s Old House New Home
It’s my dream to renovate a period property one day and this show is great at demonstrating all the different ways you can restore an old house into a functional new home. I’m also a fan of the way George Clark digs into the history of the properties and discovers the stories of the previous occupants.
Ugly House To Lovely House With George Clark
Another George Clark classic in which British homeowners tackle their ugly houses. There is quite an abundance of ugly homes in the UK (the post-war housing boom in the 60s wasn’t a great era for architecture) and it’s so much fun seeing the ways some of these cookie-cutter houses can be reinvented with a little help from a leading architect.
If you’ve ever been put off buying a house because of its poor curve appeal, this show might make you rethink taking it on.
Masters Of Flip
Dave and Kortney Wilson are a property flipping duo who take on run-down houses in Austin, Texas. The show follows their process from choosing which property to flip, to the build, the staging and the potential profit they make at the end of. Kortney has some pretty unique design ideas and Dave is good banter, even if he always goes over budget. (He’s also quite skilled at uncovering bizarre items in the derelict houses they are viewing.)
The Block is my all-time favourite Aussie TV show, I don’t think there is another reality renovation contest like it. The concept is that 5 couples take on a massive build project, renovating and revealing a room each week until they have a whole house to put up for auction at the end of the series. The contestants have to try to win room reveals and challenges along the way to put towards their renovation budget and then at the final auction take home any profit they make over the reservation price, plus $100k if they make the most money. I recently watched 57 episodes of the latest season in 3 weeks and it’s got everything from design inspiration to drama with a capitol D.
Aussies can catch up with the latest season on Channel 9, while the rest of can enjoy the nostalgia of seasons 1-5 and 8 on Amazon Prime.
If I had to choose one TV couple to renovate my home I think it would have to be Chip and Joanna Gaines. One of the original reality TV renovators, Chip and Joanna make great TV and even better home makeovers.
They take on rundown properties for their clients and with a heavy injection of shiplap, upcycling and interior design, present them with barely recognisable dream homes at the end of every episode.
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