Moving Up: Breaking the Bank
Posted Jan 30, 2005 @ 1:14 PM
If there is another thread, I apologize.
Doug (Prison of Love) from Trading Spaces is hosting this show.
He came off rather sensitive and caring. In a Dougish sort of way.
Three families/homes are featured. Two of the couples have a contest to take out the largest loan and max out their credit cards. The third person is evil to the world of Doug because she loves pansies. And she is moving from the largest house into an apartment. (Downsizing? Sacrilege!)
In a Designed to Sell twist, the previous owners come back about four months later to see the changes the new homeowners made. The new home owners get the watch the reactions via monitor, and comment on the
This is a show with excellent addictive potential.
And the homeowners get to reject Doug's decorating tips!
Posted Jan 30, 2005 @ 1:30 PM
Posted Jan 30, 2005 @ 2:28 PM
The couple with the kid is so headed towards divorce within a year. She seemed so ungrateful! And the younger couple - Why not try living together before you buy a house together? I think they were a cute couple though. The single lady's son was adorable when he saw that mural.
Edited by sharina, Jan 30, 2005 @ 2:29 PM.
Posted Jan 30, 2005 @ 2:35 PM
The people surprised me a lot. I can see wanting to make a home yours, but the rate they were throwing out the money (or building up their debt) was amazing. I don't know why people want to put themselves under that kind of stress especially when they're first moving in.
The youngest couple were annoying - they were both bitchy. I had to laugh when she wanted "expensive-looking" furniture and it wouldn't fit up the stairs. And the guy was bitchy about not letting the people moving out leave their trash for the next week's pickup. Chill out, dude. It's a week.
The older woman was funny. So she liked pansies, Doug. Get over it. Her house looked better than most of the crap done on Trading Spaces.
I have kitchen-envy over what the other couple created. But OMG what a project and stress. Hope they get a lot of use out of their expensive appliances. And keeping your placenta? Ew. Oh, and that dining room? Bizarre. Badly located and wtf was with that gigantic hotel chandalier?
The only thing I really came out of the show with is "Some people must have a shitload of money - why don't I??!?"
Posted Jan 30, 2005 @ 3:33 PM
I had to snicker when even the much-maligned pansy lady chided the "bad handyman skills" couple for their shoddy work on the new balusters (and she was right; the nail holes weren't patched and it was a sloppy paint job). But then, this was the wife who was proud of that godawful tile work.
I nearly didn't watch because I dislike Doug so much, but since he wasn't doing the design, he didn't bother me that much.
And yeah. There's nothing else on.
Edited by queasy, Jan 30, 2005 @ 3:36 PM.
Posted Jan 30, 2005 @ 5:34 PM
Posted Jan 30, 2005 @ 5:46 PM
The middle couple annoyed me but I understood about dealing with someones elses shoddy work.
I thought it was funny that the HOs barely took any of Dougs decorating advice. His personality is definitly suited for this kind of show.
I am so so so jealous of that kitchen. Quite a bit tension with that couple, I wonder if they patched things up. Mr. joyly and I always fight during DYIs but recoginize it as being apart of the stressful process.
All of them sure had money to burn! That Ethan Allen stuff was expensive. I've seen alot of that furniture featured in their mini-catalogues.
Posted Jan 30, 2005 @ 6:17 PM
I worry about the couple with the kids in this show, they certainly look like they're headed to divorce court. I wonder who will get the house? The kitchen looked lovely but I don't think it fit in the home at all. I wonder if they've now renovated the house past the value of the neighborhood.
I too question the wisdom of doing everything at once. How can you buy a house for as much money as these are running and then drop another 50-60k into renovations right away? We've been in our house three and a half years and are changing things slowly and piece meal. No, you don't get the immediate showplace but you also aren't bankrupt and divorced.
Posted Jan 30, 2005 @ 8:50 PM
Likewise with the couple moving in together, she apparently is of the idea that compromise means her getting her way about everything. A long time that relationship is going to last, I'm sure.
The older lady who seemed like a Wal-Mart border lady clone was a little more reasonable. She did ultimately relent that it was fine whatever they did to her old house, since it wasn't hers anymore.
But the thing that wigged me out most about the show was the wife with the kids saying, and correct me (please) if I misheard this, but that she brought her placenta (from her recent birth, I guess) with her to plant under a tree in the backyard. The husband immediately said "I have nothing to do with this!". Is it just me, or is that just a little weird???
Posted Jan 30, 2005 @ 10:47 PM
Posted Jan 31, 2005 @ 4:00 PM
The woman that kept saying, "I don't love you today." to her husband bugged me. They tossed the baby in the sling to each other like it contained a sack of poo. I thought they were trying to show what great taste they had, and push through a major remodel of the house. I wonder which of the homeowners orignally applied for the show.
The unmarried couple might be well suited for each other. He didn't seem all that bothered by her tossing his stuff. And he kept going on about what great taste she had.
Pansy lady had the only child I saw smile and laugh.
Posted Jan 31, 2005 @ 8:50 PM
gforce, yes, you heard the placenta bit correctly. I know of one woman locally who did that, and yes, she was very weird. The mind boggles.
I hated the woman from the youngest couple. She just struck me as a "what's yours is ours, but what's mine is mine" kind of person.
Posted Feb 1, 2005 @ 11:27 AM
I wonder if the show pays money to the HOs and that in turn helps pay for some of their expenses. Though any money from the show probably wouldn't put a dent in that kitchen bill for the placenta couple.
Posted Feb 1, 2005 @ 1:34 PM
Its just gross to me but still not as bad as that British family that cooks and eats it.
HUH? Could you elaborate because I am dumbfounded.
Posted Feb 1, 2005 @ 2:22 PM
I'm still undecided about this show. I'll watch at least one more episode before forumulating an opinion.
The unmarried couple bugged. Didn't really care for them at all, but I do appreciate the work the boyfriend put into the place. Props to his girlfriend's sister for painting the bedroom furniture nicely.
The married couple bugged me as well, although I really felt for the husband. I thought the wife was a total bitch. I have to wonder about their motives for doing the show, especially considering they just had their second child before moving. If I'm not mistaken, the husband made mention of how they paid for their $50K kitchen . . . he told Doug he'd write the checks out and tell the contractor/painter, etc. when the check would clear. As stated upthread, he definitely appeared under a lot of stress. Didn't Doug's voiceover say the husband was an insurance executive or something along those lines and the wife stayed at home with the kiddies?
The woman who downsized turned into the most likeable, for me anyway . . . pansy love and all.
Before I forget: Doug Wilson . . . I would really appreciate your making an effort to find other shirts to wear on TLC-related shows and personal appearances. Why you insist on wearing the same multi-colored striped shirt is beyond me. Thank you.
Posted Feb 2, 2005 @ 12:13 AM
ANYWAY, the woman from the high-end kitchen [this is the one with the baby & toddler] showed up to defend herself and give some more info on the show. It's either her or someone who needs to get a life!
Here's the link to the thread: That Home Site Kitchen Forum
The THS forum doesn't archive topics, so it won't be up long. Here's a snip where she plays the editing card:
So if anyone here thinks that they can do a show like this, completely renovate eleven rooms in a house in five weeks, plus a major kitchen gutting, with a two week old and two year old and can come out better than we did during what was obviously a harsh editing, well then god bless you. It was stressful and hard and they edited out 199.5 hours of us being nice and sweet and getting along to show the .5 hour of us fighting because that's what they thought would make a good show...
And when you the newer shows that will be coming out, we shot the pilot episode and had only five weeks to do all that and the new people filming have four to five months to do their renovations. So if we look worse than other people, its the time schedule we were forced to endure...
[On the new owners of their old house] The irony is, is that they were so high and mighty about how well they were going to do things and they added a bathroom and other significant renovations in the basement which is in a flood zone. So they did all this work in the basement, and the hurricanes this past summer wrecked it all.
Posted Feb 2, 2005 @ 10:26 AM
ETA: Morbid curiousity made me view the placenta recipes. Now I must vomit.
Edited by toot toot, Feb 2, 2005 @ 10:28 AM.
Posted Feb 2, 2005 @ 11:08 AM
It makes alot more sense that they now allow the homeowners a couple of months to renovate their homes. If the middle couple woman thought it was too much she shouldn't have done the show. Having a newborn and moving is enough stress by itself.
Posted Feb 2, 2005 @ 5:02 PM
And De, we got a ton of stuff for free. The cabinets, countertops, sink, lighting, cabinet hardware, the handcarved front door, the spindels, two rooms of furniture from Ethan Allen were all free and the appliances, tile, and faucet were all at wholesale prices. So yeah, it was worth it. We shot the pilot episode so we had no idea that the show had a nasty tone. Live and learn.
Hell, I'd do it for all that as well.
Posted Feb 7, 2005 @ 8:14 AM
I was sad to see what the colorful/color blind couple did to that poor defenseless house and beautiful garden, but c'est la vie. I do, however, fully expect do see them again at some point on Sell This House.
The architects did a lovely job on their place; I know lime and chocolate aren't for everyone, but I thought the combination was perfect for that space. Not sure about the bamboo on the wall, but good on them for trying something different. The kitchen looked fab, too.
Doug was bugging me something fierce this week. I can't stand him, so it doesn't take much to set my teeth on edge, but his "acting" was even worse than usual, and I hate the way he tries to force conflict during the final walk-throughs.
I will say those were some cute, cute, cute kiddies.
Posted Feb 7, 2005 @ 9:23 AM
Edited by toot toot, Feb 7, 2005 @ 9:25 AM.
Posted Feb 7, 2005 @ 2:02 PM
Now the the wife from the first ep said the show covered alot of their expenses. In this ep it seemed that the architects did alot of the work themselves. Did the the middle couple suck up all the money? Maybe the show paid for furnishings or scaled back on picking up the tab.
Posted Feb 7, 2005 @ 7:39 PM
I rather liked the architect's revisions, although I'm not a fan of that colour combination. I can imagine Doug would've loved it, since it looked a lot like some of the TS stuff that he has done.
Posted Feb 7, 2005 @ 9:13 PM
750,000 for a rancher!
Was this home in the DC suburbs? Maryland or Virginia? I couldn't quite figure it out. If so, wow, the home prices are unbelievable. The family that moved to Wisconsin must have done well in their new purchase.
Hated the metallic, cold look of the color blind home. Loved what the architects did with their new condo. Their style isn't really to my taste but they did everything beautifully.
Doug's a lousy show host. Period.
Posted Feb 8, 2005 @ 1:58 PM
Yeah Doug kind of stinks in the intros. But I think he would be fine if he threw away the script and stopped trying to instigate hostility between the homeowners.
Posted Feb 13, 2005 @ 7:18 PM
Posted Feb 13, 2005 @ 8:11 PM
How about the couple with the daugther named Nirvana? They seemed like poseurs.
Posted Feb 13, 2005 @ 9:39 PM
On the other hand, the other couples rooms just came out looking so empty and devoid of personality… I loved how crushed the wife was that the old owners didn’t see their improvements as improvements.