Who Won an HGTV Oscar?
Introducing the HGTV Oscars. Is your favorite star a winner?
With the Oscars only a day away, it feels like the entire country is trying to predict who will go home with one of those little golden statues. Will Leo finally win his Oscar? Will J.Law make it down the red carpet in one piece? We’ll have to wait until tomorrow to find out. But just to hold you over until the big night, we’ve come up with our very own HGTV Oscars. And the award goes to…
Best On-Screen Chemistry
Chip and Joanna Gaines, Fixer Upper
Though David and Hilary gave them a run for their money, ultimately it’s no surprise that Chip and Joanna came out on top. After all, no one gives us #RelationshipGoals like they do.
On Buying Their Own Fixer Upper
Chip and Joanna's families had complete faith in their renovation skills when they bought their own run-down property. "They have seen some pretty bad homes that we have purchased...this one honestly didn't scare them, mainly because the land was so pretty," the couple says.
On Joanna's Favorite Room at Home
Her favorite space post-renovation? The kitchen. "It's the heart of the home for me," she says. "No matter how much is going on, I don't feel overwhelmed because the palette is very clean and fresh. I love the farmhouse sink, and I love looking out the window at the animals and cows while I work."
On Their First Design Project
Their first house as a married couple was "all over the map," Joanna says. "The front room had sailboats in it, the kitchen was mustard yellow and French themed, and the back den was rustic with cedar paneled walls, hanging horns and cow hides. I guess I was testing out my style."
On Joanna's First Big Design Mistake
"For our first high-end flip, I chose a tan stucco color," Joanna says. "After it was painted, I pulled up to the house and it looked like a big yellow school bus." Lesson learned? Always buy paint samples.
On Chip's First Big Design Mistake
"I wanted to surprise JoJo with a bold backsplash at a flip property," Chip says. "It took me all day to install this beautiful tumbled-stone backsplash, but when I went to grout it...it soaked up the color and turned maroon. It was horrible, and JoJo was surprised to say the least."
On the Number One Design Mistake People Make
"When people make their house too practical or too pretty," it doesn't work, Joanna says. Great design is a blend of both, like this functional yet chic white kitchen.
On Their Favorite Power Tools
On Favorite Spots to Find Vintage Goodies
Where does Joanna find all the great products she uses in her farmhouse and in her shop? "Off-the-beaten-path antique stores and flea markets," she says. "My favorite thing to do is hunt for really cool pieces to sell or repurpose and use in my home."
Best Costume Design
Jillian Harris and Todd Talbot, Love It or List It, Too
With Todd’s perfectly-tailored suits and Jillian’s impeccable taste in clothing, they had this category on lock.
Find It: 15 Jillian Harris Looks We Love
After: Serene Blue Bedroom
After: Finally a Family Room
After: Bright and Reborn
After the makeover, this space looks like an entirely different room. Jillian was able to keep the fireplace by moving the kitchen cabinets. She even created enough space to add a kitchen island.
After: Ideal Open Concept
After: Soft Lighting and Comfy Seating
After: Eclectic Dining Room
By opening up the first floor, the kitchen, living and dining area became one cohesive space. But to give the dining area a distinct look, Jillian used copper pendant lights and a more eclectic style.
After: Updated Island
Jillian was able to keep the existing island, but she gave it a more modern look with clean lines and a coat of crisp white paint.
After: Comfy, Cozy Escape
To make the most of this spacious bedroom, Jillian turned the ensuite into two walk-in closets. She then added custom nightstands, a queen-size bed with lush linens and a practical storage ottoman.
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After: Making Use of Space
After: Switching Things Up
After: Basement Bedroom
Best Country Music Crossover
Drew and Jonathan Scott, Property Brothers
If you haven’t heard their song “Hold On,” you need to immediately stop what you’re doing and watch it. Apparently going back home to the ranch really brought these Canadian cowboys back to their roots. Is there anything they can’t do?
Best Dad Bod
Chip Gaines, Fixer Upper
This cutie is always flaunting his stuff, and we can’t help but take notice. Joanna is one lucky lady. Plus, it isn’t lost on us that he also happens to have the most kids…
Watch: Down on the Farm With Chip
Best Eye for Potential
Joanna Gaines, Fixer Upper
With so many amazing house flippers to choose from, this had to be one of our toughest picks. But when the voting was all said and done, Joanna’s ability to take on any disaster with a smile on her face secured her the gold.
Joanna Puts Together a Flower Arrangement
Joanna Takes a Break on the Steps
Host Joanna Gaines sits on the back steps of the Hendricks Family's renovated home, as seen on HGTV's Fixer Upper.
Joanna Relaxes on the Hendricks Family's Back Steps
Host Joanna Gaines sits on the back steps of the Hendricks Family's renovated home, as seen on HGTV's Fixer Upper.
Joanna Shows Off Antique Finds for a Home Remodel
Where does Joanna Gaines, co-host of HGTV's Fixer Upper, find all the great pieces she uses in her farmhouse and in her shop? "Off-the-beaten-path antique stores and flea markets," she says. "My favorite thing to do is hunt for really cool pieces to sell or repurpose and use in my home."
Joanna Reveals the Sanders Family's Renovated Home
Chip and Joanna Gaines Take a Boat Ride to the Renovated Home
Joanna Gaines Reveals the New Holt Family Home Renovation
Joanna Gaines pulls back a large photographic banner of the Holt family's home in its original state in order to reveal the new renovation.
Joanna and Chip Take a Well-Deserved Text Break
Pleased to Meet You: Chip Clowns Around With Joanna
Joanna Stands on the Walkway of the McCall Family Home
Sometimes, It's Hard to Hide Your Excitement
The first design mistake Joanna Gaines of HGTV's Fixer Upper ever made? "For our first high-end flip, I chose a tan stucco color," Joanna says. "After it was painted, I pulled up to the house and it looked like a big yellow school bus." Lesson learned? Always buy paint samples.
Joanna Gaines With Dust Mask
"When I met Chip, he was renting and flipping properties left and right to college students," Joanna Gaines, co-host of HGTV's Fixer Upper says of her husband and co-host. "Once I caught on to the concept of buying something that is undervalued to then put value into it and sell it for a profit, I was hooked, too."
Joanna and Chip Discuss Post-Demolition Cleanup
Joanna and Chip discuss post-demolition cleanup for one of their renovation projects.
Joanna and Chip Gaines Prepare for Demolition Day
"When I met Chip, he was renting and flipping properties left and right to college students," Joanna says. "Once I caught on to the concept of buying something that is undervalued to then put value into it and sell it for a profit, I was hooked, too."
Joanna Gaines Reveals the Newly Renovated Jonklaas Home
Joanna and Chip in the Ridley Family's New Kitchen
Joanna and Chip in the McKenzie Family's New Kitchen
Chip and Joanna show off the McKenzie family's new kitchen.
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Scott McGillivray, Income Property
While this talented guy is so much more than a great head of hair, we just couldn’t help calling out his impeccable mane. He’s come a long way from cornrows and metallic pants.
First-time homeowners Connie and Sebastian have big ideas for their 100-year-old Victorian semi-detached home. They want to rent out the basement as an apartment to help offset their mortgage costs. But according to Scott McGillivray, host and real estate expert, the living room area alone (pictured above) needs tons of work in order to make it rent-ready.
Heather bought a newly renovated bungalow with a ready-to-rent, two-bedroom basement apartment and thought she was getting into a turnkey operation. However, soon after she moved in, the basement began to fall apart. The plumbing, the heating, the bathroom — nothing seemed to work. Before she knew it, she had spent $40,000 on repairs with no end in sight. She needs to finish the basement and rent it out in order to even consider keeping her house.
Samantha and Andrew bought their first home with a built-in, fully functioning basement apartment. They were told the previous owner had been renting the basement for $800 a month, which was exciting news to them. But when closing day arrived, they were shocked to see the actual condition of the basement. Now Samantha is between jobs and they are desperate to take some pressure off of their finances. Fixing up this existing income suite seems the obvious solution, but it's going to take a lot of work and some brilliant design ideas.
Peter purchased an expensive, fully renovated Victorian in a hip downtown neighborhood last year. Adding a potential rental suite in the basement was his plan and the key to bringing down his substantial mortgage. But with a demanding new job, lots of travel and new interests, Peter hasn't gotten around to getting that basement ready and rented out. He would like his rental suite to give him security and the freedom to make a career change down the road — to maybe even fly solo.
Kathryn, Jay and their two young boys have outgrown their home and are looking to move to a larger one. However, their place hasn't appreciated as much as they would have liked. They need an income suite to increase the value of the house and generate the capital to pay the mortgage in full so they can start saving for a bigger home. Scott McGillivray, host and real estate expert, signs on to help them turn their cluttered basement into just that space.
Stephanie and Kirk bought their dream house three years ago and have since spent every waking moment improving the condition of each of the three apartments in the building. Now they are thinking about starting a family and someday would like to be able to take over the whole house. They intend to keep the basement as an income suite to give them long-term security. With changes and upgrades made to the basement apartment they are hoping they can charge a higher rent and make the most of that space.
Beatrice and Tai went way over budget when they purchased their dream home, and as soon as they moved in, they took the advice of a relative and began digging a hole in their basement to upgrade the old plumbing system. They never finished the project. Now they would like to transform the unfinished space into an income suite to offset the high mortgage payments.
Best Sparring Partners
As seen on Brother vs. Brother, guest judges and hosts of "Love It or List It" realtor David Visentin (L) and designer Hilary Farr use "Rock, Paper & Scissors" to break their deadlock on which brother won the bedroom and bathroom challenge. The winning brother got to watch the other perform a humiliating dare.
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Hilary Farr and David Visentin, Love It or List It
Who else? These two are constantly bickering and doing their best to thwart the other’s plans. Of course, at the end of the day, we know they wouldn’t have it any other way.
A Living Space Reimagined: Form Follows Function
The midcentury design of this home incorporates an open floor plan but, prior to the renovation, the space felt disjointed and poorly organized. In Hilary's remodel seen here, distinct areas and elements are balanced and integrated to work seamlessly together and optimize function.
Vintage '60s Split-Level Needs Some TLC
The home is situated on a large wooded lot, has a beautiful view from a back deck and the property backs up to a creek. Problems inside, however, include a leaky roof, a basement that periodically floods, a non-insulated lower level and water-damaged wood flooring.