This is my thoughts on the show, Hilary is given a wish list. The family's always give a list that you would put in a new house. The show always show s that Hilary cannot make the list happen. HGTV does not research the building codes the the housing area they are renovating. Hilary is always running out of money to reach the goals of the wish list. I just do not understand why they have to put all the high end decor that is unnecessary. This would give Hilary the extra money to do more renos on the house she is working on. I'm a realistic person and know that you can find good deals online. The show is planned and the Hosts know in advance on what is expected by the home owners. Why not give us viewers more of a expected outcome instead of the usual, only two rooms that end up finished. Please stop with the reruns it's driving me crazy I LOVE HGTV!
There are probably a dozen threads on LIOLI on this board and the "Talk to HGTV Gal Abby" board. Not going to rehash what's there, feel free to go read those threads and add comments as you see fit.
Bottom line is the show has a formula that they follow. There will always be issues that cause the design to get changed and things dropped. They never give enough money to Hilary to do everything they want, and no one ever coughs up more cash when they discover knob and tube wiring or major structural issues. The people the sign up for the show know the format and know what they're getting into. David can and will go over budget. On Monday's "new" show he went $200K over the budget and the couple bought the new house. Hilary was stuck with a $45k budget and had to fix knob and tube wiring give them a new bath and a updated kitchen and expand the third floor powder room into a full bath. The kitchen alone would run at least $45K in a $750K house. The husband was a real estate agent to boot. The first several homes David shows will always be a miss that causes the couple to go off and whine. "I can't believe David showed us that..." "What was he thinking?"
Also, HGTV only buys this show, it is produced in Canada and runs on the "W" network in Canada before making its way south of the border.
Any advice given here is general in nature and is not necessarily valid for your given area. If in doubt check with your local codes enforcement department for what is required when doing electrical, plumbing or structural work on your house. Permits may or may not be required in your area and home owners may not be able to DIY some tasks. I have no way of knowing if you have the skills needed to complete the tasks you are asking about, when in doubt seek professional assistance.
My advice may be worth exactly what you pay me for it. :-) For the record I did not stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night.
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