The Magnolia Network is investigating claims of poor quality work, delays and cost overruns against Candis and Andy Meredith.
A Utah couple’s home improvement show has been pulled from TV and streaming, after allegations they provided shoddy and non-existent work to several homeowners.
Andy and Candis Meredith maintain that they did their best on the projects.
On January 4, the newly renamed Magnolia Network (formerly the DIY Network) launched on cable and satellite systems. Two days later, the network – a joint venture of Discovery and “Fixer Upper” stars Chip and Joanna Gaines – released a statement that it had removed “Home Work” from its schedule “pending a review of the claims. that have been made. ”
On Monday, at least three Utah homeowners said publicly that they had signed contracts with the Merediths to renovate their homes, but faced months-long delays, skyrocketing costs, lower quality and a lack of communication.
“Magnolia Network is aware that some owners have expressed concerns about the renovation projects undertaken by Candis and Andy Meredith,” network president Allison Paige said in a statement. “Over the past few days, we have learned additional information about the extent of these issues and have decided to remove ‘Home Work’ from the Magnolia Network lineup.”
A homeowner took to Instagram to say she signed up to have her home remodeled for ‘Home Work’, but the budget went from $25,000 to $40,000, workmen damaged her home and communication with the Merediths was “disastrous”. Aubry Bennion said she was frustrated that “after two years” the Merediths “are being celebrated and promoted while the people they hurt along the way have come to nothing.”
A couple said they were told that the Merediths’ renovation of their home would take 3-4 weeks and cost $45,000, and that 8-10 weeks into the project they were told they would have to pay an additional $35,000 to $45,000. Another couple said they paid the Merediths $50,000 in February 2020 and no work was done — and they only received $14,000 of their money. Candis Meredith confirmed this during an appearance on NBC’s “Today Show.”
One of the Merediths’ clients also took to Instagram to praise them for their “great job.”
The renovations to the Merediths’ home caught the eye of Joanna Gaines on Instagram. They are a blended family – Candis and Andy each brought three children into their marriage, then had a seventh. A four-episode series featuring the Merediths, titled “Old Home Love,” aired on DIY in 2015. They’re both from Utah — she’s from American Fork; he’s from Bluffdale.
They renovated a 20,000 square foot schoolhouse built in 1907 into their new home. This project, along with several others, were featured in all 13 episodes of “Home Work.”
The Magnolia Network was originally slated to launch in late 2020, first on TV and then online. Due to production and construction delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Magnolia’s programming began airing as part of Discovery+ and the news channel only replaced DIY last week.
Episodes of “Home Work,” which aired since July, were also pulled from Discovery+. All references to the Merediths and their show appear to have been removed from Magnolia’s website.
Chip and Joanna Gaines declined to comment on the controversy.
While appearing on “Today,” Candis Meredith said the couple were “really overwhelmed” and “did their best” on home improvement projects for “Home Work.” She blamed contractors for faulty work, delays and stretched budgets.
Additionally, the Merediths posted on Instagram that they “always try to give everything we have to make those we work with happy. … We can only say that there are two sides to every story and although we have chosen not to go public with our truth, because we know how hurtful it is, we understand that only hearing one side can paint a negative picture.
They went on to “demand that these threats and their buildup without the whole story end. … Many believe that we are imposters, that we intentionally hurt people and that we are not who we say we are. It is simply not true.