Home-Improvement TV Weekly Update
We have all sorts of crazy free time. That's why each week we'll recap the best of the home television shows so you don't miss a beat. This week we've got updates of "Flip This House," "Extreme Makeover," "Divine Design" and more.
"Flip This House" (A&E Saturdays 11/10c)
The"Flip This House" crew heads to the town of Hamden, Conn. for their next project with a lead on a "for sale by owner" Cape Cod-style, single-family home. The elderly owner has moved to a retirement facility and his daughter is overwhelmed by the extensive repairs needed to get the house in shape to sell in a down market. The team sees great potential in the property for a successful flip in a charming neighborhood. They decide to go for a new kitchen and bathrooms and a patch-up on the roof. But, major problems are encountered in the basement -- there's a mystery leak and if it's not patched up right away the team could lose a whole level of living space.
ABCs "Extreme Makeover" (Airs Sunday nights 8/7c)
Ty Pennington and the team rebuild the Texas home of a family whose house was left in shambles by Hurricane Ike in 2008. Why I think that's a good thing. Hottie Jessica Alba is on hand to lend a hammer as the celebrity volunteer. Extreme makeover-ing prevails.
"My First House" (HGTV Tuesdays and Thursdays 8/7c)
A happy couple look for a first place that will be big enough for him and cozy enough for her. Hmm, sounds like a conflict of interest. When a new lender gives them a reality check, they have to downsize their expectations, which leads them to a newly built house with a giant eyesore shed across the backyard fence. Yikes!
"Divine Design" (HGTV Saturdays 8/7c)
A young, modern woman longs for a room with loads of personality. However, she has one big obstacle - her mother. Oh no! Mom spent a lot of time decorating her gorgeous home and is nervous about letting her daughter redesign the space. Our hero and host Candice Olson steps in to create a space that strikes the perfect balance between fun and functional, while satisfying both Melanie and Rachel's design needs. Hurrah! She saves the day.
"The Outdoor Room" (HGTV Saturday 1 est)
A young couple needs help. Their large, sun-parched yard in the Hollywood Hills not only overlooks a busy freeway, but it has become a receptacle for all their past parties. They are ready for an adult backyard where they can host gatherings with friends and family. A trip to a Native American pueblo inspires a circular adobe structure that will serve as an intimate conversation pit. Creativity inspires a traditional drying rack to become an artistic shade structure over the new outdoor dining area. Other ideas spark. Red-stone tiling and deep-red oxide help create the color palette. A mixture of drought-tolerant, high-desert style plantings finish off this Taos, New Mexico-inspired Outdoor Room.
Read more home TV updates or episode reviews of HGTV's "Selling New York" and "Tough as Nails."