Best Renovation Shows Worth Streaming Right Now

From tiny homes to crime scenes, settle in and binge watch them all.

When Trading Spaces debuted on TV 20 years ago, the show turned ordinary Americans into interior design aficionados. Now 2020 is the year of the pandemic, when more of us than ever are on streaming binges, and when more Americans are finally tackling their long home improvement to-do lists

You’ve likely seen House Hunters, Fixer Upper, Love It or List It, Property Brothers, or Flip or Flop Fort Worth, but what other design shows are worth streaming and binge-ing? Here’s a rundown of some of the best design shows on TV right now.

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    Renovation, Inc. (HGTV)

    Stars of Renovation Inc

     HGTV

    Bryan and Sarah Baeumler are the Canadian Chip and Joanna Gaines. They are design superstars in their home country, and Americans fell in love with them when their show Renovation Island came to the US in 2019. In Renovation, Inc., which debuted August 30, 2020, we watch as they help couples take on home renovation projects. The best thing about the show? You get to see what it would be like if your husband was a contractor and you were a designer and you went into business together. Drama, of course, ensues. But at least on this reality show, the hiccups they have to overcome feel somewhat realistic. 

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    Renovation Island (HGTV)

    This is the show that made Bryan and Sarah Baeumler (see Renovation, Inc. above) famous in the United States. Watch with your mouth agape as the contractor and his designer wife move their family of six from Canada to the Bahamas to renovate a giant vacation resort they bought. It’s 20,000 square feet of rusted, moldy, outdated promise, and they tell us in the first episode that they plan to renovate it in six months with not one hardware store on the island. Did they achieve their goal? You have to watch to find out. 

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    Home Town (HGTV)

    Ben and Erin Napier are yet another design duo renovating old homes in their small southern town. This series is set in lovely Laurel, Miss., and while their transformations aren’t quite as mind-blowing as Chip and Joanna’s, the couple is super crafty at upcycling, and the show in general feels less formulaic. Season 5 returns in 2021, but in the meantime, you can binge-watch seasons 1-4. 

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    Murder Flip House (Quibi)

    Murder Flip House hosts

     Quibi

    Perhaps the most surreal design show on TV right now, Murder Flip House is just as its name suggests. Two designers attempt to renovate the bad juju out of spaces where infamous murders happened. The first episode features a backyard graveyard, where victims of a female serial killer were discovered buried decades ago. The transformations are quite amazing, considering the time they have to complete them. But beware, you may end up spending more time reading about the grisly murders than you do watching the relatively short episodes.  

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    Big Texas Fix (HGTV)

    If you’re a fan of Fixer Upper and Home Town, you’ll love Big Texas Fix. Michael and Ashley Cordray renovate centuries-old homes on the island of Galveston, Texas. They’re crafty millennials, and the homes they fix up are stunners—think super high ceilings, transom windows and character galore. Their focus is more on restoring and less on decorating, but the show is worth watching for the housing stock alone. 

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    Stay Here (Netflix)

    Fans of the original design show, Trading Spaces, will recall Genevieve Gorder’s mad design skills. In this show, she teams up with real estate tycoon Peter Lorimer to help homeowners turn their spaces into highly profitable vacation rentals. The show only ran for one season, but it’s worth the binge.

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    Martha Knows Best (HGTV)

    When it comes to gardening, Martha Stewart indeed knows best. The gardens she has designed at her upstate New York estate could rival those of Versailles. Watch as she and a cast of characters (including peacocks, pups and pigs) teach us and her famous friends how to properly plant trees, create rock paths, design container gardens and much more. 

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    Life Uncontained (YouTube)

    If you’ve ever dreamed of living in the country completely off the grid in your own container home, you may want to watch this YouTube couple do it first. Millennial DIYers Mackenzie and Spenser gave up everything in 2017 and moved from Florida to Texas to create their dream home out of two very large green shipping containers. Unlike many reality shows which finish projects in a matter of weeks, it’s been three years and they’re still working on it.  

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    Instant Hotel (Netflix)

    Because of the pandemic, you can’t travel to the many amazing parts of Australia right now, but you can virtually visit via this show. The contestants are vacation rental homeowners who travel all over the country to stay in each other’s vacation homes, rating them on location, cleanliness, decor, and amenities. The show lasted only two seasons, but both are binge-able and available on Netflix. 

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    Trading Spaces (TLC)

    Trading Spaces debuted on the TLC network in 2000 and ran for 8 seasons, creating design fans all over the world. The premise: two sets of neighbors have 48 hours and $2,000 (the budget was originally $1,000) to redesign each others’ homes with the help of professionals. You can stream the original episodes, many of which are cringe-inducing based on today’s reality TV standards (one designer glued straw on a homeowner’s walls). After a decade break, the show relaunched in 2018, featuring many of the original designers. 

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    Holmes and Holmes (DIY Network)

    There’s a lot of testosterone in this show, which features a contractor dad, Mike Holmes, and his design expert son, Mike Jr. The two uncover renovation disasters and teach us what went wrong and how to fix it along the way. 

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    Cash Pad (CNBC)

    Fans of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette will recognize JoJo Fletcher and her fiance Jordan Rodgers. Fletcher is a real estate magnate, and Rodgers is very handy. Combine the two and you have reality TV gold. They help homeowners turn their spaces into profitable vacation rentals. The spaces they transform are unique: think shipping containers, garage apartments and mother-in-law units. There is an interesting twist to the whole thing—the couple pays for the renovations and gets a cut of the profits. 

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    Interior Design Masters (Netflix)

    Fans of the Great British Baking Show may love this BBC series, which debuted on Netflix in 2019. The premise: 10 interior design newbies face off each week with design challenges and only one can end the series as the winner. Just like in the beloved baking show, the contestants are endearing. Start streaming and you may not be able to stop. 

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    Good Bones (HGTV)


    The design duo on this show are a mom and daughter who learned everything they know about fixing up homes by watching YouTube videos and then practicing their new skills on abandoned houses in their hometown of Indianapolis. The two are down-to-earth and utterly charming, as are the cast of characters in their orbit. 

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    Dream Home (Amazon)

    The best thing about this Chinese design series is the cinematography. You feel immersed in Chinese culture the minute you hit “play.” If you don’t speak Chinese you’ll have to read the English subtitles, but the idea is ordinary families are selected to have their homes utterly transformed.

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    Nate & Jeremiah By Design (TLC)

    TLC launched this show in 2017, and you can watch every season on YouTube. Designers Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent are a married couple who “rescue” struggling homeowners who are in over their heads. You get a peek not only into the homeowners’ lives and homes, but into Nate and Jeremiah’s as well. 

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    Tiny House Nation (Netflix)

    Tiny homes have been all the rage for many years now and in this show, you get to watch as renovation experts John and Zack travel across the country helping homeowners create their own unique, micro spaces (think 500 square feet or less).