HGTV Room Crashers and Remodelling
Home and Garden TV - Room Crashers
Do you watch HGTV? Have you ever seen (or heard of) Room Crashers? Well, I just received a flyer saying that parking is not allowed for a few days in my immediate neighborhood and traffic will be blocked off for a few days because the HGTV Room Crashers crew will be remodeling a room my neighbors home.
The truth is, I only watch HGTV when I'm on an airplane. I have never heard of the TV show called Room Crashers. In fact, I looked them up to see what they do and found out that they are now in their second season. This piqued my interest, especially since I had remodeled my own home a few years ago and I was planning on creating a Home and Garden lens.
Another reality show?
I'm not crazy about reality shows, but this one can be pretty useful. Just imagine walking around a store trying to figure out how to change a room from bare or cluttered to a room you want to show off. That would be amazing.
I have no idea which room my neighbors will have redone. I do know that there will be a crowd in the neighborhood watching what happens.
When I got home from work a few days before the shooting of the show, I was greeted by many of these Tow Away signs. I have no idea which room my neighbors will have redone, but I do know that there will be a crowd in the neighborhood watching what happens.
The Work Begins
I spoke with people from the TV crew as they were preparing for the filming tomorrow. They were very friendly and seemed happy to speak to me after I told them I lived in the neighborhood. told them I was writing this lens and would they allow me to take pictures and film them. They gave me permission to do so. They said that Todd, the host, had been at a Pier One store in the area.
I also spoke to the owner of the house. I asked him about the project. He said he had a friend who had work done by Yard Crashers and the friend was happy with the work. He was looking forward to the remodel. I asked him if it was going to cost him any money. He said he would have to pay tax - in this area it is close to 10% - but still better then paying the whole bill. He also said that his bedroom was the room that was going to be remodeled and he had no idea what Room Crashers was going to do. He wouldn't know until tomorrow morning.
Preparation - Watch the TV and lumber crew
Watch some of the episodes
Todd Davis, a designer and contractor, was a finalist on Design Star. He looks for people in furniture stores who would be willing to take him home to have him transform one room in their home. When someone does agree to take a chance with him, he redesigns and transforms the room with his crew.
I wonder where was this show when I was re-modelling my house a few years ago? I would have loved to have someone come over and do some work on my house. But we remodeled the whole house and I would have needed a crew from House Crashers (which is another show on HGTV). There was often a crowd of people wondering what we were doing.
We hired an architect who sat with us and helped us meet our goals. He then suggested a few contractors who he thought would be able to do the job and stay within our budget. We raised the house to double the living space. We added another bedroom, family room, office space and two bathrooms.
Other HGTV "Crasher" Shows - Transformations in 3 days
Room Crashers is based on similar formats as two other HGTV shows - Yard Crashers and Home Crashers.
- Yard Crashers is hosted by landscaper Ahmed Hassan. He waits at stores looking for people who are buying items such as patio furniture or garden products. He then tries to convince them that he and his crew should go home with them to completely transform their yards.
- Josh Temple is the Home Crashers host and contractor. He hangs around big-box home improvement stores and approaches people to convince them that he and his large crew should remodel part of their home.
Would you trust someone who came up to you in a store and suggest you take him to your house so he can remodel one of your rooms? I guess I'm skeptical of a home remodel being sponsored by a TV show. I think you would have less control of the outcome, even though the results on this (and other) HGTV shows seem awesome. I'd be afraid that there would be more flash than practical for my family. But maybe just one room .... ?