Home renovation, interior design, and fixer-upper shows are well-represented on Netflix, with choices ranging from Marie Kondo to Tiny House Nation.
As more people work from home, unfinished projects around the house become more apparent, and organization becomes a much more desirable skill; however, without some motivation, the long list may not be completed.. Fortunately, Netflix has a slew of motivational series from which to draw.
Home improvement shows can be educational, but they can also be a lot of fun to get inspiration from when trying to complete a home improvement project of your own. In this chaotic time in life, these shows can inspire, entertain, and provide a bit of comedic relief. They’re not just for the handyman or handywoman.
1. Interior Design Masters
Interior Design Masters, hosted by Fearne Cotton, is a great resource for aspiring interior designers as well as self-taught designers. It’s a reality show that pits ten aspiring interior designers against one another to see who gets the chance to work with the cream of the crop. A commercial contract to design a restaurant at one of London’s most popular hotels will be on the line for the contestants the entire season
Even though the first season has only aired, the reviews have been positive, and the opportunity to be judged and collaborate with the best in the industry is enormous. There is a rotating panel of judges, including former Elle Decoration editor-in-chief Michelle Ogundehin.
2. Tidying Up With Marie Kondo
Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, a book written by tidying expert and best-selling author Marie Kondo, was released in 2019. Marie helps others by bringing her skills and expertise to their homes, which she cleans and declutters. As a bonus, it’s an excellent show for those with limited resources or funds to spend.
Either way, anyone could benefit from guidance on what to toss and what to save, since we all have a tendency to hang on to things that are no longer “serving” us. This is a breath of fresh air for the home improvement industry, and the premise is easy to follow for anyone and everyone.
3. Amazing Interiors
An interior design show called Amazing Interiors looks at homes with an emphasis on the interior design rather than their exterior appearance. While it highlights unique interiors, all of the houses featured are completely one-of-a-kind. Three homes are featured in each episode, ranging from museums to rooms that the owners don’t use or occupy.
It’s a show without a host or narrator; instead, the home’s owners tell the story to give viewers a close-up look at their unique interiors and how they came to be.
4. Cabins In The Wild
Featuring stunning scenery and some truly unique cabins, Cabins in the Wild was shot in the UK and is a must-see for anyone who enjoys the great outdoors. Dick Strawbridge, a mechanical engineer, and Will Hardiego, a woodworker, go on a tour of eight custom-built cabins for a Welsh hotel.
They are tasked with building a ninth pop-up cabin all by themselves. For the most part, this program is lighthearted, with lots of interesting properties and impressive construction projects to look at.
5. Tiny House Nation
With Tiny House Nation’s five seasons, tiny homes have become popular because of their sustainability and ability to live on a small budget.
Zack Giffin and John Weisbarth, renovation experts, assist families all over the world in building their tiny dream home.
This show grew enormously in popularity as a result of its unique premise.
What’s the real kicker? The house has a maximum square footage of 500 square feet. Experts demonstrate their abilities and creativity to create a space that is both spacious and inviting for families of all sizes. I enjoy watching Tiny House Nation because it gives me an idea of what it would be like to live in a tiny house.
6. Instant Hotel
Instant Hotel is an Australian reality show that debuted at the end of 2017 and is currently airing. Homeowners who want to turn their house into a hotel are the focus of the show. They are each evaluated on their work, and if they do well, the grand prize will be awarded to them.
Season one winners received a free night at an Instant Hotel in California, while season two winners received a check for $100,000. Shows like this one are fun to watch because of the unique concept of transforming a house while keeping the existing structure.
7. Stay Here
Stay Here, an American television show about home improvement, stars interior designer Genevieve Gorder and real estate broker Peter Lorimer. Short-term rental homes across the country are the focus of Stay Here, a Netflix Original series.
Genevieve and Peter work closely with the homeowners to make their house a showpiece that’s ready for them to move into right away. The show also has a comedic element to it, and it serves as an inspiration to other people who rent houses.
8. The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes
Architecture and getting a glimpse into the world of extraordinary homes are hot topics right now, so it’s no surprise that when The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes premiered in 2017, fans were ecstatic. Caroline Quentin and Piers Taylor host the British documentary miniseries. In addition to being an accomplished actress, Caroline is also a successful real estate developer, and Piers is a highly regarded architect.
They work as a team to see some of the most beautiful houses in the world, especially those that aren’t on the beaten path. Each episode of the show has a specific theme, which helps the viewer get a better sense of the house’s location and setting. The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes is a pleasure to watch and is well worth the time investment; however, it may leave viewers with a strong desire to travel.
9. Grand Designs
A real treat, Grand Designs is one of the most enduring home improvement shows ever. The show has produced 20 seasons and nearly 200 episodes since its inception in 1999. An unusual and often difficult homebuilding project is the focus of this British television series hosted by Kevin McCloud.
Kevin has a meeting with the customers to discuss the project’s goals and develops a plan for the construction’s various components. When it comes to overseeing and managing the entire project, Kevin is hands-on and meticulous, paying close attention to the tiniest of details to ensure that every part of the house is unique.
10. Queer Eye
Queer Eye is a spin-off of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy on Bravo, featuring a new set of Fab Five. Antoni is an expert in food and wine, Tan France is an expert in fashion, Karamo Brown is an expert in culture, Bobby Berk is an expert in design, and Jonathan Van Ness is an expert in grooming. Together, they form a solid team that works hard to improve the lives of people in different cities throughout the year.
Not only is Queer Eye entertaining from a design perspective, but the show as a whole has the potential to be deeply moving. There should be more representation of the LGBTQ community on popular television shows, and Queer Eye does this admirably.