Who else grew up watching HGTV shows as a family? Watching a home improvement project always inspires me to make or style something. A few years ago after watching an episode of Fixer Upper I searched for used sectionals online and found our leather sectional for $350! Prior to that I was a bit of an Eeyore about our living room. The sofa we had was too small for the space, but the cheapest new sectionals at IKEA were over $1,000.
My husband and I do not have cable. Instead we pay for Netflix and Amazon Prime and we use a digital antenna for local new channels. Since I still crave a good home improvement show and HGTV shows aren’t on Netflix, over the past year I discovered some great shows on Netflix for home improvement & design inspiration!
Scroll down for the 6 best home improvement shows on Netflix. These shows are streaming in the US as of February 2019.
The Great Interior Design Challenge is a fun design show hosted in the UK. The contestants are amateur designers of all ages and their styles vary greatly from modern to cottage chic. The contestants redesign rooms on a small budget with their client in mind and mix in upcycle projects and crafting/sewing along the way. As of early 2019 there are two seasons available to watch on Netflix.
Stay Here was released in 2018 on Netflix and is hosted by designer Genevieve Gorder and real estate expert Peter Lorimer. In each of the 8 episodes they focus on unique short term rentals (in one episode they give a houseboat a makeover and in another they improve a historic firehouse) and improve the style of each rental. While these transformations aren’t DIY, I enjoyed watching the colors and textures they selected in each space. The show also focuses on the marketing side of running a small business. Overall the show was an enjoyable watch with beautiful views, design trends, and some marketing advice.
Many of you are already watching Marie Kondo’s new show Tidying Up on Neflix (a lot of “spark joy” memes are going around online!) I adore the show for her kind, calm personality and the range of families she has in each episode. Some families are borderline hoarders and others just need more organizational support. I can’t watch an episode without hopping out of my seat afterward and cleaning out a cabinet. It honestly helped motivate me to organize our kitchen pantry.
This 4-episode show focuses on the architecture and construction of 8 unique cabins in Wales as part of a design competition. Cabin designs are inspired by mythologies and traditions from caves to dragons and mines. I watched the show with our 11 year old to inspire his interest and design. I appreciate that the competition includes design restraints (must fit on a truck and stay on budget) and it shows how architects & craftsmen creatively work around the restraints.
From house boats to RVs and converted industrial structures, this show gives creative examples for living creatively mortgage-free. I didn’t love the show as much as the 4 others shared above, but it is worth the watch especially for frugal design ideas that go against cultural norms that bigger & more expensive is better.
The House Doctor collection on Netflix features episodes from 2016. The show is filmed in the UK with American designer Tracy Metro. She helps struggling home owners who want to sell, improve a few rooms in their home on a budget. I don’t love every makeover, but there were several good ones including Episode 11 where she painted a thick green stripe from floor to ceiling with new lighting.
Have you watched any of these design shows on Netflix? What did you think of their style & production? If you don’t have cable and are looking for a show to inspire home improvement ideas--check out one of these shows!