Finding home improvement TV shows is a relatively simple task. Since the premiere in 1979 of Bob Vila’s “This Old House” the industry has expanded rapidly as more and more homeowners seek to make their own repairs and upgrades.
Cable’s DIY Network is devoted to home repairs and remodels that homeowners can do themselves. Many of their home improvement TV shows are available online as well. Here you can find such basic information as how to choose the right wrench or basic plumbing for beginners.
DIY Network offers many home improvement TV shows such as BATHtastic! hosted by Matt Muenster, which has offered projects such as installing wainscoting, painting stripes on a wall by using a laser level, and installing a tile shower surround. Sweat Equity, hosted by Amy Matthews, offers the premise that two weekends of work can increase the value of your home by $10,000. Programs have covered staining hardwood floors, refinishing kitchen cabinets, installing crown molding in a kitchen, and installing a doggie door.
Other shows on DIY Network include Man Caves, Desperate Landscapes, and Yard Crashers. For a complete list of all of their home improvement TV shows, check your local cable listings or visit them online.
HGTV also has a great lineup of home improvement TV shows. Some of their offerings include Holmes on Homes, Carter Can, Don’t Sweat It, Over Your Head, and Income Property. Holmes on Homes takes examples of renovations or repairs that have been improperly done and shows how they should have been performed. Carter Can focuses on homeowners who think their projects are too expensive or time consuming or require more skill than they possess. The host shows them ways around their objections. Don’t Sweat It offers homeowners the quick way to accomplish projects they have been delaying.
Some home improvement TV shows are devoted to specific audiences. For example, Income Property shows homeowners how to convert part of their house into an apartment to generate rental income. DIY Network’s Kitchen Impossible focuses on renovating kitchens.
Planet Green, one of the Discovery channels, offers Greenovate, a show dedicated to save on energy bills and increase the value of their home. World’s Greenest Homes takes viewers on tours of eco-friendly homes and is a great place for “green” ideas.
With so many home improvement TV shows on cable, it is easy to find entire channels devoted to the art of making home repairs or improvements yourself. For those who do not have cable, the father of all home improvement TV shows, Bob Vila is still on PBS with This Old House, offering advice just as he has since 1979. Hometime, also on PBS, offers advice on renovations, landscaping, and more.
You can find many more home improvement TV shows by checking your local listings or going online. If you miss your favorite episode, you can watch many of them at the channel’s website. Whether you are seeking a reality show, such as Extreme Makeover, or the step by step demonstrations offered by such home improvement TV shows as Over Your Head, there is one to fit whatever project you have in mind.