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View Poll Results: Do you watch any house renovation shows?
Yes 70 81.40%
No 16 18.60%
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Old 09-30-2016, 10:53 PM
 
Location: The New England part of Ohio
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For those who appreciate old/older houses and restoration rather than renovation, check out this great online account of the work in progress involved in restoring the enormous, elaborate, historic, but terribly neglected 1894 Cross mansion in Emporia, Kansas:

www.restoringross.com

The arrangement of the blog here is a little clunky - you may need to click your preference to read it from start to present. Be sure to allot a considerable amount of time once you go down this rabbit hole - it's hard to stop reading the adventures of Ross, the present owner, and marveling over the before and after pictures!

Thank you CraigCreek!

I would really like to find some neglected cities and towns, in the mid west and mid south, (where I currently live) that have the potential for revitalization with middle income people who enjoy community and history over flair and flash.

In as much as I dislike reality TV, perhaps a television show like that would get to people, fund raise, and unite of diverse backgrounds to put down roots in the many emptied American towns that have band stands, soda shops, hard wear stores and dry goods stores. And the Buster Brown or Stride Rite where who bought your back to school shoes. I don't think I am alone in wanting that.

"and they've all come to look for America" .....Simon and Garfunkle.
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Old 09-30-2016, 11:56 PM
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I don't really like any of the hosts, I don't like the goofy host segments and I particularly don't like the faux "drama of the reno" storyline which happens in Every Single Show.

But I do like the before vs after, even when I don't personally care for some of the design choices. I tend to watch the initial walk-through for the original layout, then watch for the design (if there is a design segment) and then fast-forward to the end for the final walk-through. Sometimes they (or, more likely, the actual designers and contractors they use) often come up with ways of dealing with an awkward layout that I wouldn't have thought of.

This is reality TV, the producers need what they call drama for every episode. They know the problems with the house before they start, they aren't "surprised" by much - or they would have been out of business long ago.

I don't need to see the blond lady with the 2" long false eyelashes "setting tile" with her long fingernails, high-heeled sandals and rings on every finger. I wince every time I see that couple tile, they really should leave it all for the pros (who do all the rest of the work)
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Old 10-01-2016, 07:12 AM
 
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This Old House is still the best and used to love Hometime before the new "wife" and change in style of the show. Hometime used to be really good, with most episodes showing relatively practical projects. Our first home was just a tract home fixer upper so we watched Hometime and TOH throughout those first years while we brought the house back to life and lived in the mess.


The Generations of Hometime:
Wife 1, Peggy Knapp: Show was pretty good, but she just didn't "fit" so to speak.
Wife 2, Joanne Liebler: Best years of the series. Great cohost relationship and projects. Log cabin best project ever.
Wife 3, Susanne Egli: Good shows, but she was kind of flat.
Wife 4, Robin Hartl: Very good shows and good cohost relationship. Lots of different project scopes. 2nd to the JoJo years.
Wife 5, Miriam Johnson: Show went downhill for me with the format change. The chosen projects just don't do it for me and the hosts seem really flat. Basically I've stopped watching several years ago.


Can't stand most of the modern fake drama, fix up, decorate, or even the various "maker" shows. I want to see solid craftsmanship and solid value, not faux art and cliché design praised as cutting edge. Give me New Yankee Workshop, American Woodshop, and Woodwright's shop any day.
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Old 10-01-2016, 08:09 AM
 
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I watch them all. We call them "house porn". I love (giggle at) the trifecta of granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and hardwood floors. It makes me giggle what people value in homes.
Ain't that the truth!!
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Old 10-01-2016, 10:27 AM
 
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I used to watch This Old House the first couple of seasons and liked it; I still haven't gotten caught up on the last 8 or so seasons. I don't have any use for the various flip and rip shows.

I grew up in an old Colonial c. early 1800s, so my preference is for old homes that have been nicely and minimally renovated. I will check out the link below. Thanks, CC.

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For those who appreciate old/older houses and restoration rather than renovation, check out this great online account of the work in progress involved in restoring the enormous, elaborate, historic, but terribly neglected 1894 Cross mansion in Emporia, Kansas:

Restoring Ross | Inspiration for Restoring a Historic Home
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Old 10-01-2016, 10:38 AM
 
Location: Chicago area
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I pretty much watch all of them except for this new one coming out called Downtown Shabby (?) I think that's what it's called. They're going to take beautiful old homes and strip all of the character out of them to turn them into a modern nightmare. That just makes me want to cry.
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Old 10-01-2016, 11:00 AM
 
Location: Cushing OK
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I was thinking same thing-- the home Inspectors for these homes are terrible!!! Maybe for the show?
I'm sure not all home inspectors are equal. Or they have a sliding scale. If you want the really good guy, you pay lots. If you decide to take the chance, you pay the cheap guy who may not look so well.

I'd assume some things should be assumed in some areas. If its very wet, for instance, assume the foundation may need some to a lot of fixing.

There are also things which don't show until you pull something off a wall, especially wood or hidden water lead damage. But anyone who buys an OLDER house, be it 'vintage' or track, should have a fund for fixing things which you didn't anticipate. Your more likely than not.

The really good thing, though, is with an established house, you can end up with exactly what you want. You wouldn't pay the bucks for a new one and then go in and fix it so its perfect.
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Old 10-01-2016, 06:08 PM
 
Location: Stuck on the East Coast, hoping to head West
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Not any more. They all seem the same. Knock down some walls. Add an island + stainless steel + granite + add some drama and call it a day. They also don't seem to be instructional any more. I do like This Old House.

I am into professional blogs and you-tube videos.
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Old 10-01-2016, 07:58 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn New York
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I don't really like any of the hosts, I don't like the goofy host segments and I particularly don't like the faux "drama of the reno" storyline which happens in Every Single Show.

But I do like the before vs after, even when I don't personally care for some of the design choices. I tend to watch the initial walk-through for the original layout, then watch for the design (if there is a design segment) and then fast-forward to the end for the final walk-through. Sometimes they (or, more likely, the actual designers and contractors they use) often come up with ways of dealing with an awkward layout that I wouldn't have thought of.

This is reality TV, the producers need what they call drama for every episode. They know the problems with the house before they start, they aren't "surprised" by much - or they would have been out of business long ago.

I don't need to see the blond lady with the 2" long false eyelashes "setting tile" with her long fingernails, high-heeled sandals and rings on every finger. I wince every time I see that couple tile, they really should leave it all for the pros (who do all the rest of the work)

LOL, and I agree with you!!!, but she is eye candy, if nothing else.

My mother never looked like that, even when lining shelves in the kitchen. let alone, tiling a bathroom,,,,,,,LOLOLOLOLOLOL

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Old 10-01-2016, 08:20 PM
 
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Found a new show today called Desert Flippers. Saw one episode and I liked it so I will watch some more. It's based in the Palm Springs CA area.
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