A winter storm and the threat of being snowed in at home for a day or two means just one thing…. No, we are not suggesting you finally get to that home project you’ve been putting off. This weekend we’re all about letting somebody else tackle that—or at least spending a few hours watching them do it. A little escapism, a strong dose of DIY, a touch of that soap-opera drama, it’s all here in our picks of 10 binge-worthy home shows for a wintery weekend.
100 Day Dream Home
What’s all this news we’ve been hearing about home projects and new construction being delayed by supply-chain issues and the like? Watch husband-and-wife team Brian and Mika Kleinschmidt and you’ll see how it can all be done—start to finish—in just over three months.
A roller coaster in your backyard. A scuba-diving aquarium in your living room. Interior decorating (and a few outdoor touches as well) gets redefined in this series that showcases one-of-a-kind décor ideas that turn dreams (and in some cases, nightmares) into reality and will make you think that hey, maybe that idea for a waterfall in my bedroom wasn’t so crazy after all.
With all due respect to all of our talented and terrific local contractors, builders and home-project pros, if we can spend the weekend on a home improvement project done by Brad Pitt, Kevin Hart, Ali Wong, Jeremy Renner, Michael Bublé, Gwyneth Paltrow…well, you know where we’ll be. It’s heartwarming fare as hosts Drew and Jonathan Scott are joined by A-Listers who pick up the tools to get down and dirty and help a special person in their lives get the home renovation they need.
Part home show, part study in sociology, part cultural exploration, this China-set show takes us inside the lives—and homes, of course—of ordinary families from around the country who are facing housing challenges driven by everything from multigenerational households to economic issues. When teams of designers are entrusted to make a full renovation of the houses with limited funds and space, they also help the families and we, the audience, “to interpret the meaning of home, and to witness the happiness of home decoration and renovation.”
An Apple TV+ original documentary series that not only takes us inside some of the most innovative homes on the planet, but also inside the minds of the visionaries who imagined them in the first place. Stunning visuals and superb storytelling introduce viewers to an international array of amazing people using 3-D printing to meet challenges of homelessness, creating new homes from old recycled materials, rethinking the concepts of community and neighborhood, and redefining the idea of “home” itself.
House Hunters International
A bit of a vicarious vacation option, this one’s for anyone and everyone who’s experienced the trials, tribulations and, we hope, ultimately the triumphs of searching for the ideal home. Join an eclectic group of prospective buyers, and the agents doing everything they can to help, as they take a dive into the international real estate market.
Selling the Hamptons
There’s something to be said for being able to transport yourself into summertime on Long Island’s East End with just the click of your remote or a request of Alexa. The home to Long Island’s 10 most expensive home sales last year is also the home to a group of real estate agents grappling for success, sales and stardom as they show off the stunning properties and the luxe lifestyle of the Hamptons during a frenzied season of selling.
Tidying Up with Marie Kondo
The lifestyle makeover guru has six rules for tidying up your home (and life), which some of you can probably recite from memory: Commit yourself to tidying up. Imagine your ideal lifestyle. Finish discarding first. Tidy by category—not location. Follow the right order. Ask yourself if it sparks joy. Watching Marie for a few hours certainly meets the criteria for that last one.
Tiny House Nation
Go small or go home. Wait, make that go small and go home. Host John Weisbarth and expert Zack Giffin traverse America to “show off ingenious small spaces and the inventive people who live in them, as well as help new families design and construct their own mini-dream home in a space no larger than 500 square feet.” Ingenuity, inspiration and a whole lot of “wow, how’d they think of that?” await.
The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes
An international travel itinerary awaits as you join award-winning architect Piers Taylor and actress/property enthusiast Caroline Quentin on a tour of the world from New Zealand to Norway, Arizona to the Catskills, where they step inside stunning homes built in unconventional ways and in extreme locations—waterfalls, cliff sides—and enjoy an overnight stay.