The American series AMERICAN DREAM BUILDERS started airing this week in Italy on the channel LEI.
Hosted by Nate Berkus, it’s a mash up between EXTREME MAKEOVERS and TOP DESIGN. I have always wondered about the reality of the former. They do a lot of structural changes. How well was the construction, plumbing, and electrical work executed when they have only a week to demolish and rebuild? Could the owners afford the increase in property taxes? So many questions.
One thing I really like about this show is that two teams work on two houses from a similar era and/or style. It’s compelling to see how the teams agree (or not) on an overall aesthetic for their house and then how the individual designers design their rooms.
There is a mix of designers, contractors, and landscape architects. Of course, there are some strong personalities. Reality TV would be boring without them.
We are three episodes in and so far it’s fantastic. The show is entertaining and educational. Décor is very subjective but it’s interesting to hear the judges explain why they believe a room doesn’t work. Sometimes it’s a design issue. For example, the team did not address the layout issues. Other times, it’s about the décor. Those debates get heated.
I cannot wait to see who wins. There are some very talented designers on this show.