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Home Improvement Television

The everyday home improvement television program has really evolved. Especially in the last five years, home improvement and do-it-yourself (DIY) decorating shows have taken off and are increasingly popular with viewers. Today, show range from in-depth analysis of full house flips to simple decorating how-to’s that focus on a single project.

Traditionally, television centered on home repair was similar to courses on TV. They picked a project – like caulking a window – and showed you, step-by-step, how to do it. As informative and useful as this is, it can get boring for some viewers and is better suited to the home video or DVD format.

As the how-to style of house development episodes moved to home libraries and the DIY section of your hardware store, the reality TV type of home renovation started appearing on television. Soon, such TV programming was fun and entertaining, and people were actually watching.

So many people were watching that whole networks sprouted up around the concept of home and garden improvement. People liked watching real people take on real house development projects. They got to see the mistakes, pitfalls and the joy of a project well completed.

Now, unlike your traditional home renovation program, the new style of shows don’t always focus on the how-to details of each project. Instead, they offer a broader look at an overall concept or major project. Though not great for specific information, these shows are a fantastic resource for new ideas and decorating tips.

Types of Home Renovation Programs on the Tube

An example of a classic and traditional how-to home development show is “This Old House.” Since 1979, Bob Vila has been teaching viewers at home how to take on everything from replacing a leaky faucet to laying a foundation. Though the show has a new host now and a slew of spin-off series, it continues to focus on quality craftsmanship and the basics of a job well done.

In the new style of home remodeling shows are programs like Flip This House, where featured participants are real, live people who are trying, on their own, to purchase, renovate and sell a house for profit. Unlike programs with a how-to angle, these focus on the emotional stress involved with major home repairs as well as overall project management on a large scale.

Finally, there are the big programs like Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. In a program like this, the producers bring in trucks of labor, experts, materials, and furniture to completely overhaul a home in just a few days.