No home improvement show is too crazy for me to watch

No home improvement show is too crazy for me to watch

It’s been over 10 years since I really warmed up in a tent at Kildare in Oxegen watching British rapper Tinie Tempah perform his hit song Pass Out. I remember thinking I was glad I made the effort to see him, walking through mud and rain.

Then just a few weeks ago I got really pissed off watching it except this time I was on the couch and even though it braved the mud and the rain it was hosting a show on Channel 4 on chic home extensions.

Yes, Tinie Tempah’s Extraordinary Extensions looks like something Alan Partridge would launch, but even Alan Partridge had some great ideas.

There isn’t a home improvement show that I wouldn’t watch. I could see an advertisement for Jason Statham’s Thousand Pound Cat Flap or Michael Healy Rae’s Cow Shed to Cabin Chic and I wouldn’t blink. In fact, I probably would have put the serial link.

Sometimes the houses and the people who live in them are so charming that we even forget our cynicism and can be vicarious happy for them and their beautiful tiles.

Despite the depressing reality that homes in Ireland will never get more affordable, we’re absolutely crazy about buying, remodeling, flipping, extending, gutting, saving and finishing, usually with results inaccessible to the average viewer.

RTÉ’s My Bungalow Bliss came under criticism recently after a renovation in Donegal went over budget by more than € 100,000, while Channel 4’s flagship home improvement show is famed for old Kevin McCloud taking a doom walk with shaking heads around the perimeter of the site predicting that Jeremy and Carol and their newborn baby, Rufus, won’t be there until winter – and not until they’ve spent an extra £ 80,000 on some guy insulation that has not yet been invented.

Another cold December in the trailer is looming, Carol, and your lovely new home will still somehow look like a tourist information center.

It’s partly envy and partly schadenfreude, I think. Many of these shows feature people with the means to not only put four walls and a roof around them, but also have the space they live in * adopt the voice of Kevin Grand Designs * to fit in. perfectly suited to the landscape while displaying flashes of modernity and humor. that no one even thought this building could support.

These are people envisioning a neon yellow staircase and a kitchen with no taps and we yell “come on Jeremy, you crazy bastard” from the safety of that same blue DFS couch everyone has. We know we’ll never have the money for the custom neon metal construction needed for the Crazy Stairs, but we really want to see Jeremy and Carol fight over it.

RTÉ’s Room to Improve brings it closer to home, introducing an ambitious aesthetic and more tangible taste makers, with modern Irish homes and more achievable renovations. The innovations, materials and color palettes will reverberate and I have no doubt that in 50 years architecture students will be writing essays on the Dermot Bannification of the Irish Home, just as we have all learned how rural Ireland came to be. was dotted with “Bundful” ribbons in the 1970s.

And if it’s not clean, modern lines, we covet its sympathetic restoration, or better yet a mix of the two. Home of the Year is an almost perfect show in this regard as it gives us a good nosy around the houses, offers examples of silliness from both ends of the period spectrum, and allows us to speculate on what such a thing is doing. allow it all.

Sometimes the houses and the people who live in them are so charming that we even forget our cynicism and can be vicarious happy for them and their beautiful tiles.

When renovations move overseas things tend to get a little more demented, and Channel 4 really has a monopoly on the eccentrics preying on French chateaux. Escape to the Chateau recently wrapped up its eighth season and spawned Chateau DIY, a spin-off on other families following their dreams of the French countryside. Channel 4 ordered 60 episodes of the show over 2021 and 2022, showing how invested the viewer is in the fairy tale of a palace in France, and the nightmare of the dry pit and finding unexploded bombs of WWII in the pigsty.

Cheap Irish Homes, which had two seasons on RTÉ, is halfway between unaffordable fairy tales and locker room time trial. Based on a popular Instagram account, he takes young Declans and Siobháns across the country to ruined farms or cottages with immense potential and invites them and us to imagine making them a Dermot Bannon.

It’s the most relevant of all home improvement and property improvement shows, and lends itself to pandemic fantasies of ditching the semi-D suburb and moving to a midland lake shore or western outcrop.

Will many of us ever do it? No. Are we going to keep watching the shows as long as they keep doing them? Absoutely.

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