Behind the Scenes on a Home Renovation Reality Show

Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine

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Love them or hate them, home improvement shows hold a lot of fascination for people who are interested in design, and in many cases, the off-screen action can be just as fascinating as what happens on the air. Allison Kaplan, one renovation recipient, has recently revealed some un-aired secrets.

We're no strangers to going behind-the-scenes on home design television. We've gone off-camera with Michele and Ryan Tansey of HGTV's Home Diaries, we've discussed just how real reality TV is, we've shared lessons learned from home improvement TV, and we've talked about how real-life design differs from the televised process. And yet, if you're anything like me, I'm still always curious about how things work when the camera isn't running. 

Allison Kaplan was featured on the DIY Network's show I Hate My Kitchen, and she shared with MSP Magazine her experience behind-the-scenes. Some of the most interesting things she points out? For one, getting your home made over for a TV show is not free. Only certain promotional products are free, and generally speaking, they will be items that are a bit outside the norm, since that's what the company wants to market. For example, Allison was provided with a red Bertazzoni oven, but had she insisted on stainless steel, it may not have been free. 

She also describes how many people were on set (a lot), how much work she and her husband were actually expected to complete themselves (very little), and gives some helpful hints in case you are interested in applying to be on a home makeover show. 

Read the whole article here.  

(Image: Katherine Harris for MSP Magazine)

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