With more people being homebound this year, it’s no surprise that renovations and other bigger DIY projects around the house have finally gotten underway. Whether your inspiration comes from a magazine, a friend’s home, or from watching DIY home improvement shows – there’s no better time to flex that creativity muscle if you’re an interior design-savvy individual looking to switch things up.
So, we’ve curated this list of incredible home makeovers that take drab living spaces and transform them into irresistibly-beautiful designs that make homes feel like sanctuaries. We hope these shows will help give you the push you didn’t know you needed to help make quarantining not so bad.
Here’s a rundown of some of the best home improvement shows worth streaming right now. Let’s delve right in!
1. Tidying Up with Marie Kondo
What better way than to start a DIY home improvement project than with a clean slate? Japanese author and tidying expert, Marie Kondo, has taken the world by storm with her best-selling books and hit Netflix show, “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo.”
The show introduces the KonMari Method, which is the concept of decluttering to let go of emotional baggage and create space for the things that truly make you happy. Watching Kondo visit Western homes that are typically filled to the brim with stuff they don’t need that don’t spark joy has a strangely calming and therapeutic effect on its viewers.
2. Fixer Upper
If you adore the “farmhouse chic” interior design style, this home improvement TV show is for you. Fixer Upper is a reality TV and home renovation show on HGTV, featuring American couple Chip and Joanna Gaines. Every episode will educate you about “fixer-upper” properties that have potential but need a lot of work, which usually involves a series of DIY home improvement projects, and whether they are worth the trouble in terms of increasing real estate value.
3. Renovation Inc.
Based in Ontario, Bryan and Sarah Baeumler are Canada’s answer to increasing property value by fixing up old homes. They are best known for their first successful home improvement show entitled Renovation Island, where the couple moves their family of six from Canada to the Bahamas to create a dream vacation resort out of a 20,000 square foot property filled with rust, mould, and outdated design. In Renovation Inc., their second installment on HGTV, the two help other couples take on DIY home improvement projects with their design and building expertise.
4. Love It or List It
Another binge-worthy home improvement show on HGTV is Love It or List It. Every episode features a family torn between renovating their current home and buying a new property instead. They’re given the opportunity to see the best of both worlds by having interior designer Hilary Farr transform their existing home and have expert real estate agent, David Visentin, handpick a new property according to their specifications. The show becomes interesting when it’s time for the client to decide whether they love the home’s new look or list it off.
5. Tiny House Nation
In hopes of living in a more financially and ecologically sustainable way, tiny houses (which are usually no more than 300 square feet) are a new lifestyle trend that has become increasingly appealing among aspiring nomads and environmentally-conscious young adults. The process involves downsizing and finding creative ways to live comfortably as a minimalist on a budget.
The Tiny House Nation follows hosts and renovation professionals John Weisbarth and Zack Giffin as they travel across the United States to feature innovative tiny houses and their interesting homeowners. Watching this home improvement show on Netflix will leave you amazed at how these people manage to squeeze in so much style and functionality into their small homes. It’s also going to get you thinking about how you can better utilize the available space you have in your home. If you’re hungry for more tiny house inspiration, YouTube’s Living Big in a Tiny House hosted by Bryce Langston is worth checking out!
6. This Old House
This Old House is a timeless classic when it comes to home improvement shows. Its first episode premiered in 1979, which may have given birth to the countless DIY home improvement shows we see today. It features a single property over a series of episodes, giving viewers an in-depth, real-life look at how an actual home renovations project can take time and be incredibly tedious. This award-winning home improvement gem is one that every aspiring DIYer should watch.
7. Design on a Dime
Home improvement shows are incredibly inspiring, but they can also be too good to be true for the average homeowner who may not be willing to shell out tens of thousands of dollars for a fixer-upper. If you’re looking for a show with more realistic DIY home improvement projects, Design on Dime is the show for you. This show tasks interior designers with making aesthetically pleasing alterations without compromising functionality using pure creativity, practical skills, and a limited working budget of $1,000.
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