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Home Renovations Shows On Television

Oct 24, 2007
Many television shows that bulding a home by team of builders and designers in seven days while the family goes off on vacation. It is a spinoff of Extreme Makeover. The show's are top-rated and has become more popular than the original Extreme Makeover. Normally family will then be sent off on a one-week vacation ,while the house is renovated or demolished, depending on its condition and the family's needs. Beginning with Season 3 the demolitions have become quite creative -- the team has used falling trees, tanks, and even monster trucks to accomplish the task where needed.A local home builder and community volunteers begin basic work (electrical, plumbing, roofing, and if the house is demolished framing a new one) while the design team begins designing the creative aspects of the house. Once the basic work is completed, the design team then will add the finishing touches. Shows often feature design team members making a trip to a local Sears store as well as special guest appearances.At the end of the week, the family returns to their home, to see cheering crowds and the view of their home blocked by a bus.

Television makes everything look so easy and that may be one of the problems with it. Home renovations are not easy to do right and the home renovations television shows can make you think that home renovations are so simple to do but what they neglect to remind you is that there are experts doing those home renovations or at least supervising them. There is a lot involved in home renovations but I will admit that those television shows certainly do offer a lot of great ideas and they offer ideas that I have used in my own home but I do have to remind myself that experts are doing the work. Unfortunately the work I do can remind me that there are experts doing that work on television.

The home renovations television shows are amazing because they take homes that look like they should be demolished and turn them into palaces. The newest craze in home renovations television shows are shows about flipping houses. Flipping a house means buying a house in need of repair for a low price, putting in some work to it, and then selling the house for a profit. The danger I noticed in these shows is that they make house flipping look really easy and it is not. As an answer to that very problem the newer house flipping shows show the actual results of the flip and not just the results the flipper was expecting. More often than not the profit they were hoping for is nowhere near the profit they actually make.

Television shows can make replacing walls look so easy that it is almost dangerous. In a half hour show the walls in a home are taken down and then rebuilt with what looks like no problem at all. I often wonder how many times a wife has come home from work to see that her husband had watched a home renovation show that made replacing walls look so easy and now they are the proud owners of a huge mess. One thing those television shows neglect to cover is the concept of load bearing walls and how removing a load bearing wall can cause parts of your house to collapse. I bet that is a fun lesson to learn. So just be careful when you watch some of these television shows and remember that the ones that make it look easy are professionals. Unless you are a professional you are not going to experience the same sense of ease that the professionals on television experienced.
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