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  1. 22 hours ago, rhofmovalley said:

    When I first saw Naples Denise I thought (actually said aloud) WTH with that awful wig!?!? Then I thought, maybe she's being treated for cancer and I'm a horrible person. Nope, she just chose that wig along with the clothes obviously meant for a much younger woman and the awful cosmetic surgery and spackled on makeup. Husband apparently thinks she's hot, so good for them I guess?

    I finally got around to watching the Naples house hunt. Denise needs an intervention. She would be a very attractive woman for her age without the cheap looking wig, the obviously false eyelashes, and inappropriate clothing. And Jim? Not only did he dress like a slob, he looked dirty with that greasy hair. 

    They really wanted to give the Country Club Rich People Vibe, but were driving a Chevy! I just laughed when I saw the vehicle they were getting out of. With her love of bling, I'd have expected at least a BMW or Mercedes.

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  2. 5 minutes ago, CountryGirl said:

    Ditto. I was thinking that they might do a few episodes of "picking" houses and then have episodes renovating them, but nope, just looking at old houses. 

    And I love looking at houses, so you would think I would like the show more, but yet, I don't love it.

    The screaming gives me a headache, but I do enjoy looking at the old houses so I've been watching it with the sound muted.

    Hopefully this is a one season show and it will be replaced with something better. A show with people actually renovating those old houses would be far more interesting and entertaining.

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  3. 2 hours ago, annzeepark914 said:

    They might've said the beltline. It circles Raleigh and has a bit of a snootiness to it. A lot of folks who live "inside the beltway" have no use for the people who live outside the beltway (many of whom transferred to NC with IBM and other companies when Research Triangle Park opened/expanded in the 60's & 70's). Most of LIOLI has been taped in Raleigh over the past few years, with a few in the Durham area.

    My husband's son and snooty daughter-in-law bought a house in Chapel Hill. I think their area is Governor's Village (or something like that). Snooty D-I-L said a home in their 'hood was on LIOLI.

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  4. 6 hours ago, LoreliLee said:

    I just ran across a new show on HGTV that stars Luke & Clint from Boise Boys! It starts Sept 18 and is titled “Outgrown”. I hope it’s as good as the original!

    From the 'preview' I saw it looks like a very promising show. I really like Luke & Clint and think the work they do is quite good. Well, with the exception of some of the artsy stuff.

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  5. 2 hours ago, CrazyInAlabama said:

    My guess is that after the reveal, and the filming, that all of the outdoor stuff goes back to the supplier, or staging company.  

    While Debra was shopping for outdoor furniture she made it a point that a patio umbrella would be needed for shade. During the reveal there was no patio umbrella on the deck.

    Someone also commented during the planning stage that the deck would be at ground level. However, the deck was three steps up from the ground--I counted. Isn't it usually code that a railing is needed for a raised deck? Mike Holmes would not have approved.

    YMMV, but I thought the homeowners' original fire pit with the metal surround that had carvings in it was nicer than what they ended up with in the reveal. Apparently it didn't fit in with the "golf" theme. I hope Debra didn't throw it away, like she did with a previous homeowner's toilet seat.

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  6. 1 hour ago, buttersister said:

    And maybe, just maybe, Show could spend more time on the remodel and less on the Scott and Debra olympics. Ugh.

    Scott and Debra got more tiresome as the season went on. They aren't "cute" or even funny  with all their "quips" and silliness.

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  7. Interestingly, there is now a show on TV here in the US called "Renovation, Inc" about the Baeumlers building their lakefront vacation home. It was obviously filmed some years ago as they only have three children and one of them is a baby. They are using the same designer who appeared in their previous show about building their home. Sarah talks about how she needed the designer because she had didn't know anything about design herself and then goes on to meet with the architect, convinces him to change the drawings for the lake house to include another bedroom--adding hundreds of square feet, major work, and more time and expense to the build. Bless his heart, Bryan went along with her changes. Probably so he wouldn't have to listen to her whining.

    Sarah says she learned so much from the designer that she decided to become one herself. I think her lack of experience really shows up in the way she worked on the resort by not communicating well with Bryan and being so pushy when he balked at some of the expenses she wanted to incur. A good example is her insistence on wallpaper when paint would be a less expensive and more practical option in a humid climate.

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  8. 1 hour ago, Cetacean said:

    Am I the only one that finds whatsherface SO annoying?

    And what was the deal with calling the toilet seat disgusting?  It wasn't cracked or filthy or moldy, just a themed one.  It wasn't my taste but I wouldn't get so overwrought about it.  Just replace it without the drama of throwing it out.

    The homeowner made of point of saying HE bought the toilet seat and it really annoyed me that Debra was so critical of it. She can be a real bitch and some of the choices she makes ARE disgusting. The toilet seat actually fit in with their "beach" theme so why not use it as a nod to the homeowner? It could always be changed out later, but that should be the homeowner's decision, not some Debra Downer Designer's decision. 

    Personally, I think she's a terrible designer.

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  9. So, we're supposed to believe that Mina's nitwit wrecking crew relatives do good quality work when it comes to rebuilding those run-down houses? I have my doubts. Lately I record shows, watch the first part and then FF to the reveal. I can watch a one hour show in ten minutes. It's very efficient.

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  10. 11 hours ago, ByaNose said:

    I never thought of off the island stuff to do. I know the idea of a all inclusive is to stay there but other night life might be nice.

    Is it all inclusive? Their website is terrible--it's impossible to navigate and there are no interior photos of rooms and villas.

  11. 1 hour ago, Feline Goddess said:

    There would also have to be actual plumbing with pipes leading to a drain, not just a hole in the bottom of the trough, because that would dump the dirty water onto the sand below the deck. The entire concept was flawed. The shower on the steps (that was moved from the deck to a more practical spot) was much better.  

    I can't remember, but was it the horse trough couple who put up the privacy wall that was only being held in place with one screw and it fell down during the night because it was windy?

    Such a quality improvement 🙄

  12. 6 hours ago, NYGirl said:

    When Ty's team decided to use their extra money on the projector instead of fixing their mistakes I knew they were done.  This made me happy because I could not stand the special treatment they got throughout the show.

    That movie projector was a really dumb idea. There's no way those curtains will be an acceptable "screen" with breezes coming off the Gulf. Anything projected on them will be in constant motion, not to mention with a "line" down the middle where they are pulled together.

    I think the right team won.

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  13. 20 hours ago, LittleIggy said:

    Poor Charlotte has to keep rooming with the brats. Cute puppy! 

    Charlotte's puppy is adorable. I felt bad for her having no privacy and being tasked as the "older, responsible sibling" and basically a full-time babysitter. The younger sister doesn't seem too bad, but that brother is very bratty.

    When Lincoln arrived with a haircut I think that was the first time I ever actually saw his face. In earlier episodes I didn't know his name and I thought he was a girl.

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  14. 24 minutes ago, jacksgirl said:

    Re Randy and IPAD. Hell yes.  Thought I was the only one who hated it. Randy virtually is not good and the awkwardness is evident. Stay home with your dog and renovate Randy. See you next season. 

    I usually enjoy Randy's in person interactions with the brides, but his "virtual" appearances are nothing short of awkward and for the most part unnecessary. Scale them back, SYTTD!

    That said, I do like most of Randy's gowns.

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  15. On 8/11/2021 at 6:23 PM, ChitChat said:

    I know a husband and wife who have a vacation home in the Bahamas, and it was hit by that hurricane just a few years ago that stalled out on top of the Bahamas for several days.  Their home is in need of major repairs.  She was telling me not too long ago that she has seen this show and wondered how Bryan is getting his materials so fast, and how lucky he is to have so many people to work on their project.  She said that they can't find people to work on their home.   I'm not sure how far Andros Island is from the part of the Bahamas that got hit so hard, but it might not be so easy for people in the construction trade to travel to that area in order to help out.  I really don't know how that works.   I guess Bryan was lucky to have people that he could fly down from Canada to help them out. 

    My husband used to travel to St Croix for business a couple times a year and after a major hurricane the island had a lot of damage. Workers were brought down from the US to rebuild and not only did they do shoddy work, they caused a lot of problems. Apparently some of the workers went on a crime spree as well. Not all of them were criminals, but there were enough problems that the residents and business owners were up in arms.

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  16. 29 minutes ago, cameron said:

    Thought the same thing.  Oak Brook or Hinsdale were the big ones in that area when we lived there, plus North Shore and Barrington in the Northwest suburbs. Downers Grove, not so much.  Maybe its changed. 

    I forgot Hinsdale. Very old money 😎 

    When we lived in Lisle, Illinois we used to pass by the Naperville K-Mart  and go shop at the one further down on Ogden Avenue in Downers Grove because the prices were cheaper. Back then K-Mart set their prices according to the financial demographic of nearby residents.

  17. 7 hours ago, sheetmoss said:

    I don't  believe  you're legally able to add   an unfinished basement to the sq footage of the house

    I think you're right about an unfinished basement. Not sure if a finished basement can be added to the square footage, but Mina mentioned that if the buyer finished it off that they would be able to ask a higher price for the house if they sold it in the future.

    We don't have basements in my area of the south, but many of us have "Florida" rooms, which are essentially three season sun rooms. They can't be added to the square footage of the house unless they have heat & AC. They also can't be considered in the size of the dwelling for property tax purposes unless they are heated and cooled.

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  18. 4 minutes ago, ChickenLatte99 said:

    I sometimes feel like they don't know how to utilize the space in larger homes. How can a 2 story, 2800 sqft home look so small? The entire first floor seemed cramped. The master bedroom just barely fit the bed and the master bathroom tiny as well.

    My home is 2850 square feet and compared to that house mine has a living room, dining room, family room, kitchen with breakfast room. powder room, and laundry room on the first floor. There are four bedrooms and two bathrooms upstairs. My master bedroom is huge with two walk-in closets, a vanity/dressing area, and bathroom with tub and shower. That house is only 50 square feet smaller but seemed tiny compared to mine. I just didn't get it and wondered where all the space disappeared to.

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  19. 2 hours ago, windsprints said:

    Along with trapping dirt jute can get moldly/mildew in high humidity. 

    Not only that, but it was installed so sloppy.

    None of those bathrooms were really outstanding in my opinion, but I liked the one with the single mirror the best. That could have been fixed easily with two smaller mirrors.

    I loved the bedroom with the paneling and the "rope" bed. I'd have given them the win despite the room not having a closet. A nice clothes rack would have solved that for a beach rental property. It's a shame they didn't install one instead of the dresser.

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