Synopsis by Hal Erickson
This cable TV series managed to be a melting pot of reality show, decorating show and game show -- all under the watchful and omnipresent eye of a major manufacturer of home-improvement material. During a 12-week period, three teams of amateur remodelers (two per team) competed in renovating and redecorating a single house, room by room. Whoever did the best job was given the completed house for keeps, with a panel of professionals -- realtor Shad Bogany, designer Kelly West, builder Stephen K. Hann -- and the home viewers as judges. Naturally, the task was complicated with obstacle courses, scavenger hunts, furniture-moving contests, and the like -- not to mention a list of fixed and irrevocable rules. Among these: the teams could not seek out any professional help or ask their friends and families to pitch in; the size of the team's weekly budget (or as it was called here, "allowance") was determined by the outcome of the weekly fun-and-games competitions; and all materials used in the renovation process had to be purchased from the sponsor. Hosted by Mark L. Walberg, House Rules first aired on October 10, 2003.
competition, contest, home-improvement, home-renovation, interior-decorating, obstacle, remodeling, scavenger-hunt