While we all eagerly await news of when The Block will return to our screens, here are six other ‘renspo’ streaming suggestions to get you in the makeover mood.
For fans of federation facelifts and heritage homes, ABC’s Restoration Australia hits the jackpot. Part reno show, part history lesson, each episode follows new homeowners as they embark upon the rocky yet rewarding journey of restoring some of the country’s oldest buildings. From colonial cottages in Sydney to old sawmills in Mittagong, each property oozes character and charm and has a fascinating story to tell.
Channel 7’s long-running reno-reality show kind of plays like the Do’s and Don’ts of home improvement. Served with a healthy dose of interstate rivalry, teams of two—usually couples—from different states renovate each other’s homes and the results are equal parts gorgeous and garish. There are some legitimately helpful hacks to learn from the renovators, but they also make some design choices that are…questionable. The show’s eighth (and possibly final) season just aired, but you can back-binge them all on 7plus.
You Live In What?
Who said houses were the only structures a person can call home? HGTV’s You Live In What takes our preconceived notions of home and turns them on their head. Some of the renovations are so wild they truly have to be seen to be believed, like the three-cell prison turned contemporary abode, or the library turned luxe living quarters. American home reno shows love to turn the theatrics up a notch, and this is no exception. A few eps of this via 9Now and that garage remodel will feel like child’s play.
Interior Design Masters
Netflix is slowly starting to build its home improvement portfolio, though so far most of it is kind of trashy, scripted reality TV like Selling Sunset and Million Dollar Beach House. While they’re fun to watch for the sheer lunacy of it all, it’s hard to draw any inspiration from a $80 million dollar Malibu listing. Interior Design Masters offers the same level of entertainment but with budgets that feel attainable and design concepts that could work in your home. Plus, who doesn’t love an end of episode elimination? Judge the hard work of other contestants from the comfort of your own yet-to-be-renovated lounge room.
There’s no such thing as an unsellable house in Sydney right now—in fact, the more dilapidated, the better. But elsewhere in the world, caving ceilings and crumbled floors are considered a red flag, but not to twin sisters Leslie Davis and Lyndsay Lamb. As likeable as they are persistent, the siblings travel around America to breathe new life into some awfully neglected homes, and the results are almost always impressive. Stream all the eps on 9Now for instant inspo.
Sometimes it’s easy to forget about the yard when there’s so much to tend to inside. And with winter setting in, you’re probably not spending that much time outside anyway. But the problem with seasons is that, well, they change. And in just over two months, it’s going to spring again. Then what’s your excuse? Leading landscape designer Michael McCoy doesn’t want to hear it. Let him show you what a little ‘tending to the garden’ can do to a property on his ABC series, Dream Gardens, and then spend your remaining winter weekends at Bunnings hatching a plan.