Ten years ago television shows about home remodeling or decorating were not really seen that much. The Learning Channel’s show, Trading Spaces was one of the first reality based decorating and remodeling shows to come out where friends or neighbors switched homes and decorated a room in their neighbors home on a limited budget in a limited time frame with the help of a Naperville contractor or Naperville contractors. This became wildly popular and created a huge market for these type of shows that are so evident now.
There are now so many remodeling and home decorating shows on cable television you can find one in just about every area of the home like the landscaping, staging a home to sell the home, changing the colors of a home, redoing a room on a tight budget or working only on the exterior of a home. These themes can all be found mainly on two channels, HGTV, also known as the Home & Garden TV and TLC, also known as the Learning Channel.
These shows have had a great impact on many homeowners, often ones that have never had any design or remodeling experience before but after seeing an episode are confident that they too can take on a home improvement project. When viewers were asked what their favorite part of these reality design shows were it was the incredible change they witness in the before and after in such a short period of time. It helps them to believe that they too can have such a big transformation in a short period of time.
Some shows have been greatly popular in the past year especially due to the struggling economy. Decorating Cents and Design on a Dime are two shows on HGTV that help show viewers how to redo a room on a very limited budget. They use resale shops and warehouse places that sell architectural pieces at huge discounts for the items used in the new room. They also help the homeowners make a lot of their own artwork as well as drapes, bedding and pillows from inexpensive fabrics. Another big tip they teach on these shows is to use MDF wood which is a lot less expensive than other types of wood if you are constructing something that will be painted or covered in fabric. It will save a huge amount of money. Most of the time the budget is anywhere from $500 to $1000 for a completely new look for a room.
One very popular show that is not a how to format but rather one that pulls at the viewer’s heartstrings is Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. This takes a well deserving family in desperate need of new living conditions and completely builds a brand new home in a matter of just one week. This show has the strong message of giving back to the less fortunate as well as just giving to others in your community. This is very popular and often produces many tears from just one episode.
Connor Sullivan recently hired a couple of Naperville contractors to work on his in-laws home in Illinois. The Naperville contractor did a great job improving their home.