Just watched the Denver episode and I agree with all of the criticisms of the remodel mentioned up thread. I want to add that in addition to the creaky, whiny voices that young women have decided to use, please stop using the word "amazing" to describe everything in a newly remodeled house. Subway tile isn't amazing, and neither is a new bathtub, wood floors, etc. Find another adjective to use.
Yes, it was possibly one of the most boring redos we've seen on HHR, even though the buyer thinks she has "amazing" design skills. I think she was joking with that comment. Every time she walked into a house and wanted to knock out a wall, it seemed that the wall had plumbing on the other side. You can't just knock out a wall that contains plumbing without incurring a large expense to relocate the plumbing, if possible. She ran into that little hiccup with the furnace flue. The other thing that irritates me about these owners is their constant whining that they don't know how to do any DIY projects and it would be a huge burden to take on. That's why you HIRE people to do it for you. I have a lot of experience with home projects, but there is no way I would tackle a bathroom and kitchen remodel on my own, or even act as a contractor for the project. Just open your wallet and pay someone to do it for you. If you can't afford to do that, then maybe a fixer isn't for you. Obviously she had some painting skills, and could handle a screwdriver to assemble an umbrella. She gets a participation trophy for that.
Would HH please find participants who want color and a designer who has more than 10,000 shades of white and gray in their color swatches?
Oh, and about painted brick. There was nothing wrong with the brick on the exterior of that house. She didn't like the color, so of course, it had to be painted white. Painting brick is more than slapping a coat of paint on it. You have to determine the type of brick and paint it with the appropriate paint. Brick needs to breathe, and painting it with the wrong paint can cause moisture problems down the road. In my area, young buyers are snapping up houses built in the 50's (red brick), 60's & 70's (what we call old brick here) and immediately painting them all shades of white and cream. Personally, I think that causes a loss of some of the character of the house. IMVHO if the brick is in good shape, don't paint it and create more maintenance problems for yourself. Work with what you have and save some money. If unpainted brick ever comes back in style, get your sandblasters ready.