5 Shows to Add to Your Shelter-in-Place Work Week Watch List

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An eco-friendly bamboo Balinese tree house. (Apple)

Need a diversion to get through another shelter-in-place work week? These five design-centric series let you mix business with a little bit of pleasure (or vice versa).

Ground-level view of the Austin home (picture below) built on a reclaimed industrial site. (Apple)

Home (Apple TV+)

This nine-part docuseries is all about creative houses and the visionaries who call them home. Yes, it features extraordinary architecture. But more importantly, viewers get to know the people who live inside.

Locations span the globe: think an eco-friendly bamboo treehouse in Bali or a Hong Kong studio apartment comprised of space-enhancing movable parts. The show also focuses on sustainability. A Malibu mansion is made of repurposed architectural elements and a partially-underground Austin home was created by a group of architects and ecologists.

“The series is just as much about the homeowners and the concept of innovation and big ideas and solving problems creatively as it is the house itself,” said executive producer Doug Pray in a House Beautiful interview.

Brad Pitt turns home renovator. (HGTV)

Celebrity I.O.U. (HGTV)

Hollywood A-list celebrities take center stage in this new HGTV series hosted by Property Brothers Drew and Jonathan Scott. The premise? Stars are provided an opportunity to thank significant friends, family, and mentors with surprise home makeovers.

Among the stars on tap: Melissa McCarthy, Viola Davis, Rebel Wilson, Jeremy Renner, and Michael Bublé. We also get to see Brad Pitt transform the detached garage of his long-time make-up artist into the perfect guest retreat.  

Unique design pieces add a personal touch. (HGTV)

Save My House (HGTV)

Design pros Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent have a new mission: rescuing homeowners from renovation nightmares by helping them turn money pits into residential showplaces.

Problems on Save My House run the gamut from unreliable contractors to mold and HVAC issues. Look for upcoming segments that have the charismatic duo designing the perfect Midcentury kitchen, fixing a construction debacle, and revamping a growing family’s cramped quarters.

Families receive well-deserved home renovations. (HGTV)

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (HGTV)

The 2020 iteration of the popular HGTV home renovation series pairs host Jesse Tyler Ferguson with a team of inspired volunteers. Ten deserving families are selected to receive home renovations. The caveat? All work—interior, exterior, and landscaping—must take place within a week-long period.

One project transforms a police officer’s basic ranch into a modern beach house. Another builds a farmhouse-style duplex for two veteran families. And while the before-and-afters are impressive, the show’s real stars are the recipients themselves.

Agents and buyers have just 72 hours to find a home (which would present an even greater challenge during shelter-in-place).
Agents and buyers have just 72 hours to find a home–which would present an even greater challenge during shelter-in-place. (HGTV)

House In A Hurry (HGTV)

Set to premiere in late April, House in a Hurry follows relocating families on a whirlwind house hunting spree. The catch? For one, they’ll be working with an agent they’ve just met. And two, they’ll have only 72 hours to find the house of their dreams.

Stay tuned for an upcoming episode with a local twist. After accepting a job offer in Fort Worth, one couple goes in search of their forever family home. (slated to air April 30).

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Elaine Raffel

Having left the corporate world to launch her own freelance creative business, Elaine Raffel is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the mega-talented Dallas homebuilding community. She credits her work with top fashion and design brands for teaching her one inarguably valuable lesson: that truly great work is always a collaboration.

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