I am probably alone on not liking some aspects of the show. I prefer for these shows to focus more on the properties as opposed to the personalities of the hosts. That to me is the core issue with HGTV these days.
I love this show and Chip and Johanna- they are the cutest couple ever! However, I do think the show could be improved by increasing the variety of styles shown in the end products. The houses, while beautiful to be sure, do kind of all seem to reflect J's personal style and look rather similar-esp the paint colors. Finding a way to pull in each home owner's design preference could add to the variety and increase the show's appeal.
I believe that all of these houses are done in Texas, wouldn't there be a style that predominates in the area? I still love this show mainly for what they can do as far as the cost of their renovations. I can't help in comparing them with Property Brothers and Love it or List it.
I really like this show and it's probably one of the only HGTV shows where I actually watch the entire episode. Property Brothers, I usually skip to the last 30 minutes after they've chosen the house and then get into the reno. My only complaint is some of the costs I've seen on Fixer Upper. On one episode they were changing the kitchen counter outlets over to GFI and said it was going to cost an extra $800. What?? My husband was watching the episode with me and he nearly spit out his food. I can only think that the estimates are padded to add in the furnishings of the homes with the cost of the renovations because they don't show you the breakdown and they do all the furnishings too. I absolutely looooove what they do and how they bring back these old homes and restore them to such a beautiful state. I would love it if they did a book on their reno's. That one house they did for the missionary couple that looked so tiny came out so amazing, I wanted to live in it! They prove that you don't need to buy these grand homes to have the most beautiful space.
Posts: 87 | Location: Massachusetts | Registered: Nov 10, 2011
So the reno budget covers the cost of the furnishings,too? I wondered about that, since the furnishings aren't usually mentioned on the episodes I've seen - unless it's something that Joanna is having custom built. The furniture always appears to be new, but I wasn't sure if the homeowners gave Joanna a separate decorating budget.
Posts: 361 | Location: SoCal | Registered: Mar 17, 2008
I really like this show, but somewhat disappointed about the furnishings. Are they included in the cost of renovating? if so, why? don't the people have their own furniture? If it is a matter of staging the property so that it looks really nice because the furniture that the owners have are really bad. Why not rent the furniture? but including the furniture in the cost or renovation is terrible for anyone that is looking at a loan which include for the next 15-30 years, paying for the sofa.
I really like this show, but somewhat disappointed about the furnishings. Are they included in the cost of renovating? if so, why? don't the people have their own furniture?
That's something I'd like to know, too.
You're 100% right, rker321, about not including the cost of the furniture in a reno loan. I also wouldn't want to give someone else free rein in selecting my furnishings. (Read "someone" as Jonathan or Drew, more than Joanna.) Guide me in my shopping? OK. Surprise me when spending my money? No thanks.
At least with Flip or Flop, we know it's staged for selling AND they tell us how much the staging cost.
Posts: 361 | Location: SoCal | Registered: Mar 17, 2008
I really love this new show and Chip and Joanna are really talented and remodel and decorate the houses beautifully. I am a little disappointed that they only show you a partial amount of a rehab. I just watched the one that was $100,000 remodel and they only showed us the living room, dining room and kitchen. This house was completely gutted and that are the only rooms that they rehabbed. Really? What about the rest of the house? I really wanted to see the bedrooms and the bathrooms. Did they rehab those rooms or where they left up to the homeowners? I've noticed this on a couple other shows that they only show you three or four areas and I feel like I'm getting short changed. Please HGTV find a way to show us the rest of the rehab cause this show is great and the host do really awesome work. Anyone else feel the same way?
I really liked this show when I first started to watch it, it seemed refreshingly different, and the designs very tasteful.
However, after watching many of their episodes, it has become repetitive. Johanna decorates according to her own taste, and every single home, no matter who the client, always has soft colors, a pale palette, a HUGE wall clock, and letters on the wall. Every. Single. House.
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Posts: 136 | Location: Texarkana | Registered: Jun 17, 2008
I love this show and hope it's one that continues. One thing I like is that is more realistic as far as budgets go, than some other shows like "Property Brothers". For a couple to have $150,000 to spend on a home is much more in keeping with the area of the country that I live in (the Midwest) and I like to watch what can be done with that amount of money. Most of the shows on HGTV are fun to watch, but so repetitive...such as Love it or List It, where Hilary runs into a huge unexpected problem and the homeowners are upset, while David shows three homes, the third always being the perfect one. I still watch them, as I love seeing a good remodel, but Fixer Upper is refreshing as there isn't the drama and I love the outcome. The shabby chic look may not be for everyone, but it does fit the character of the homes and I happen to be a fan of Joanna and her family. I hope the show gets renewed for several seasons!
Posts: 2 | Location: South Dakota | Registered: Aug 09, 2014
I love this show. I watch episodes several times. Chip and Joanna are exceptional at renovating as well as treating their customers and each other which such respect. I wish I lived in Texas to buy a house with them. HGTV keep this show going.