I don’t really like this show (and haven't followed the thread up to this point) but my wife turns it on a lot, so I end up seeing it more than I wish. I saw the episode with Desta, the design crew member, this weekend…and I have to say it’s probably the best episode of this show I’ve seen. It highlights everything that’s wrong with this show.
When it started, I asked my wife, “Which ¼ of the originally planned projects do you think will actually get done?” Nearly every show, it’s the exact same thing: 1) Hillary’s Grand Plan 2) Unexpected something or other 3) Barely anything in the original plan actually gets done, though the full cost is still spent.
Since David didn’t have his normal unusually high budget, he didn’t come close to finding anything tempting for the couple to “list it”. And their demands weren’t the normal, “We have to stay in this exact neighborhood”, it was, “Within City Limits”. Not difficult. The end tiny condo with not one but *two* storage squares in the basement was a joke. The couple already had a small house with an entire basement. Besides, the guy couldn’t practice with his band in a condo, which was one of the big things they wanted – a music space.
But the whole scenario really bugged me: they wanted to do a poured concrete floor in the kitchen. The floor guy told Hillary that it would take about two weeks for the subfloor to cure before the final finish could be applied, and she was all, “I have all of these different workers ready to go *right now*, I can’t wait two weeks!” If you’re a designer, and you’ve been through these projects before, you should know the amount of time different projects will take. If you’ve stacked all of these different people on top of each other without bothering to plan the schedule of the project in advance, you’re an idiot. But, somehow, they found a way to work in the two week interim anyway. It’s like TV magic!
Even then, what is two weeks in the grand scheme of things if you’re paying tens of thousands of dollars to redo your house? If the floor you want takes two weeks, let it take two weeks. I’m surprised Hillary didn’t decide to lay down cheapo linoleum in order to keep to the schedule.
The basement – aside from that slapped together bathroom without the shower they wanted – wasn’t even touched! But, when Desta complained they weren’t getting anything close to what they wanted, Hillary threw her ridiculous fit and told everybody to stop. Uh, no, after she spent all of the couple’s money on the kitchen, they BETTER not stop!
Then there was the obviously scripted scene where Desta had to apologize to Hillary. For what?! Hillary took $35,000 and gave them…a remodeled kitchen. That’s insane! Which is another ridiculous thing about this show: why would people spend a ton of money to remodel their house before they decide they want to sell it? If you look it up, most home renovations don’t really add more value than they cost. So, a homeowner would spend a ton of money to get a small part of what they wanted from Hillary – that may or may not even increase the net value – then decide if they want to sell it? Makes no sense.
Hillary does not seem knowledgeable about what will actually be required to complete a project to begin with, there’s no way I would ever trust her with a ton of my money..