TV writers’ strike? Let’s help out with ideas for new home shows

Written By: Kathy Price-Robinson - Nov• 01•07

Contractorchallenge_4TV and film writers may decide to strike, and if they do, I’d like to do my part by coming up with ideas for new home shows.

Here are new home shows I’d like to see:

Contractors’ Challenge: This show would be like Designers’ Challenge, but with contractors. I mean, it’s finding a contractor that is so difficult, right? During the show, the homeowners start out with some ideas for the remodel they’d like to do, or complete plans, and get presentations from three contractors on how each company would go about creating that remodel. The homeowners choose the contractor they like best and who is most competent, and we follow along to see how the job goes.

Cheapskate Remodeling: In this show, homeowners try to do their remodels for the very least amount of money possible. They might have a "cheapskate coach" to help them find salvaged, discontinued, slightly damaged and free items from Ebay, Craigslist, the Recycler and the side of the road to put together their remodel. Based on what I’ve discovered from reporting on remodeling for 17 years, I believe this show would be a monumental hit!

Any more ideas? What new home show would you like to see?

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5 Comments

  1. David Kean says:

    “Dueling Properties”
    Take two comparable stale home or condo listings in the same, or similar neighborhoods that just aren’t selling. Bring in two top gun realtors with a $5,000. budget and a contractor. Each implements their renovation advice to spruce up the property and make it more appealing. Follow the agents thought dealing with the client, marketing, open houses, sales style, and negotiations. See who sells the home first.
    “Designed to Sell” meets “Top Agents”

  2. David Kean says:

    “Style Clone”
    Why just copy a designer room with cheap knock-offs. With the right shopping skills you can copy the look and the quality on a budget. Don’t just copy the fabulous Scalamandre chair fabric; buy the same fabric on Ebay. Using internet shopping and auctions, estate sales, resale furniture stores give someone a “real” high end designer room at a fantastic price.

  3. David Kean says:

    “Lifestyles of the Rich and Decorated”
    Remember Lifestyle of the Rich and Famous? Why can’t we have that type of show again? I want to see some super high-end, celebrity, and top designer, Mario Buatta & Juan Pablo Molyneux level designer rooms.

  4. David Kean says:

    “Fright House of Interior Design”.
    This is not really a series idea. I could be a fun charity event and 1-hr special. “Fright House of Interior Design”. Invite several of the country’s top interior designers to design the worst room using passé design trends of the past 5 decades. The rooms need to be bad, but they actually draw you in, like Jerry Springer. Funny, hideous and thought provoking.

  5. tarbubble says:

    “Flipper Flops”
    I’ve seen a lot of tasteless “upgrades” put into houses looking for a quick sell. how many faux Louis XIV dressers converted into bathroom vanities does this world need? How about something showing the tasteless, personality-void, cookie-cutter remodeling excesses of the last few years? each episode could be dedicated to a particular aspect – bathrooms, flooring, kitchens…
    i do like the idea of “dueling properties,” also. i’d watch it.

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