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The Renovators

The Renovators

by reno on September 28, 2011

Guest blog post.

The Renovators

I’ve really been trying to get into The Renovators TV show this year, but it’s just not working for me!

Whilst The Block was still on air I tried to catch The Renovators as often as possible, and I figured that when The Block finished I would happily switch to The Renovators to get my renovation fix.

But sadly, I just can’t get into the show, and funnily enough it seems that since The Block finished I’ve lost even more interest in The Renovators.

It’s not that it’s a bad show at all, but there are a few things that I feel are hurting the show for me.

First up is all the little challenges.  It seems that they’ve tried to take a leaf out of the Masterchef book and have these breakout challenges throughout each show.  It might work well on Masterchef, but it doesn’t work on The Renovators.

The difference is that on The Renovators the main part of the show is all about the houses they are renovating.  Personally I don’t care about the challenges, I just want to see the work being done on the properties.  Masterchef is different, they’re not just making one giant dish over the season!

By getting rid of the irrelevant challenges I believe that the show would be much easier to follow and watch, and it would save the season from dragging out over such a long period.

For me, The Block is still a much better show, but I think that The Renovators definitely has potential.

Hopefully The Renovators TV show gets another season next year, when they’ll get a chance to review the format and hopefully make some changes to improve things from a viewers perspective.

I’m still going to try and watch the rest of the current season, but I can’t promise anything!

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Ann Layton September 28, 2011 at 12:47 pm

We were so disapointed and amazed at the decision tonight to select the wooden cupboard on trolley wheels over the elegant, classy glass table designed and crafted by Christie and her team.Soooo…. much better than the wooden box on wheels….sorry, the viewing public should vote on this one.


gwenda October 9, 2011 at 2:10 pm

i would agree the table was a much more elegant piece what were the judges thinking????
but the last thing we need is people voting on the show as this only encourages popularity not talent
i am a very big fan of the show my daughter and i have watched every episode, and we do enjoy the challenges, i hope there will be another season very soon.


Steve Williams October 2, 2011 at 8:55 am

I am so peeved with this show, what a load of balone,how can you say they are working to a budget when every second show has someone winning more money…….Is the budget as advertised at 10% of purchase price…..can’t be …30K here 20K there what’s doing. It seems the people struggling the most in a particular area are a shoe in to win the next challenge, UUMM..Glenn Munzie from TAB should get on board and start selling odds!!!!. Also very puzzling is how August’s piece of timber furniture beat Christie’s Glass table, that timber cupboard was so out of place it was laughable, especially considering he had absolutely no hands on involvement in what was shown that episode !!! sorry guy’s creditability is sadly lacking !!!!

Hopefully next year channel 10 will present a better effort.

PS get the Public involved in the judging, it will certainly be more partial !!

Steve Williams


josephine October 5, 2011 at 7:42 am

i agree, the wooden cupboard didnt represnt the house at all, it was tall and very bulky and it being on wheels wasnt a great idea. The glass table was so elegant and very modern which the “shop” is. i reckon christie should of won.


will roberts October 5, 2011 at 9:35 am

They haven’t left much character in the places, they look like rental properties, bland, safe and boring.


Yvonne October 7, 2011 at 11:24 am

I cant believe that Nathan has lost the 6o.’s suburban. He has worked so hard and virtually renovated so much by himself and then to loose it to a cold and boring dining room full of virtually empty shelves and walls. Pity judges didn’t see the mess on the wall from trying to put shelf up. They didn’t check workmanship this time because nathans had none.


Dean of Hamilton October 10, 2011 at 10:02 am

I thought all of the houses looked fantastic last night! I agree that the show format hasn’t been perfect but you cannot deny that the finished houses looked absolutely amazing. Well done to everyone involved.


cathy redding October 10, 2011 at 4:06 pm

Love the show. Enjoyed the personalities. Great concept – I tried looking at The Block but couldn’t get into it. However I have found the different starting times and episode lengths frustrating – programming wasn’t a priority for the station to the Renovators cost.


Maureen Chellis October 11, 2011 at 5:10 pm

Absolutely addicted to the show. Loved the personalities. They all worked so hard and can or never believe that only 1 walks away with all the profit from all 6 houses. Surely each key holder should win their own profit. The title could still go to the one who makes the biggest profit, after all the earned money etc and gifts is deducted it couldnt be profit with all the money spent not deducted.


Maureen Chellis October 11, 2011 at 5:19 pm

Can’t believe the renovators, had to spend their budget on furniture. Who buys a millon dollar house who has no furniture, surely a buyer will have their own furniture


lindy October 12, 2011 at 10:11 pm

Enjoyed the show. So pleased Michael won. I am shocked with sweat and tears extremely hard to the body with winning of $100,00, doesnt sound right.


J kohler October 13, 2011 at 5:28 am

Loved the show so glad Michael won although the other houses were great, hope it comes back next year but not no at the same time as the block. liked it better than the block but they should be showing more work on the houses and maybe less challenges.


Helen October 14, 2011 at 9:19 am

Loved the show – hated all the time changes, double episodes etc – impossible to follow from week to week. Fewer challenges and more focus on the work done on the houses would have improved it.


mandy October 16, 2011 at 10:37 pm

The time challenges were ridiculous. Five hours to renovate a bathroom or kitchen???? Come on! That and the ridiculous budgets, eg. $60K to renovate the ‘fibro cottage’. And they let us think for $60K they did a new kitchen, bathroom and two huge rooms extended out the back etc, etc. Is that really possible?

I liked the potential of the show but because of those things, just couldn’t believe it.


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