Home renovation

Utah couple’s home improvement TV show to return after complaints of shoddy work and cost overruns

Magnolia Network says there was no “malicious intent”. Candis and Andy Meredith call some clients “malicious”.

(DIY Network) Candis and Andy Meredith’s home improvement show will return to television after Magnolia Network pulled it due to allegations of shoddy work, long delays and big cost overruns.

A home improvement show hosted by a Utah couple will return to the Magnolia Network after an investigation found no ‘malicious or malicious intent’ was behind shoddy work, delays and cost overruns that some of the couple’s clients claimed to have suffered.

However, ‘Home Work’ stars Candis and Andy Meredith are calling some of their disgruntled customers ‘malicious’ for making their complaints public. Episodes of their show are set to resume airing on February 1.

Magnolia Network President Allison Page released a statement acknowledging that some of the Merediths’ renovations had gone wrong. “After speaking with landlords as well as Candis and Andy Meredith regarding renovation plans for ‘Home Work’ and hearing a mix of positive and negative experiences, we do not believe there was any malicious intent or malicious,” Page said.

On Jan. 6 — two days after the Magnolia launched on cable and satellite systems — the network pulled “Work from Home” after at least four Utah owners publicly said they had signed contracts. with the Merediths, but that they had experienced months of delays, skyrocketing costs. , substandard work and lack of communication. Magnolia has not disputed any of these assertions. Page said the network is committed “to providing appropriate resolutions to those whose experience with ‘working from home’ has not been up to our network’s standards. As “Home Work” returns to Magnolia Network, we recognize the responsibility we have to act to better support not only our talents, but also those who trust them, and this brand.

Magnolia is a joint venture of Discovery and Chip and Joanna Gaines, hosts of the popular home improvement show “Fix Upper.” It launched online in July 2021 – all 13 episodes of “Home Work” had been streaming for months. The Gaineses had no comment on the show being pulled and restored to Magnolia’s schedule.

“Home Work” is the Meredith’s second television series. In 2015, they hosted four episodes of “Old Home Love” on the DIY Network. (Magnolia replaced DIY on Jan. 4.) Their home renovations caught Joanna Gaines’ attention on Instagram, leading to their current series. The Merediths have been compared to the Gaines – two married couples who work together to renovate homes; both parents with many children. The Gaineses are the parents of five children; the Merediths, a blended family, have seven – Candis and Andy each brought three children into their marriage, then had a seventh. The Merediths are from Utah – she’s from the American Fork; he’s from Bluffdale.

In social media posts, the Merediths “categorically” denied having “scammed, stolen or lied to any of these clients.” We paid our own personal funds on each client project for our show and charged nothing for the hundreds of hours we put into the projects.

The Merediths said they “took on too many things at once” while producing episodes of “Home Work,” but blamed much of the blame for their struggling projects on contractors. They also claimed that one of the disgruntled customers who went public “has made false claims and is deliberately trying to take everything she can from us.”

The couple posted on Instagram that they had been “warned that the ‘Instagram mafia’ would be coming for us, and we are in an extremely difficult position to defend ourselves without attacking or diminishing the feelings of others. At this point, due to the literal threat to the safety of our family, we have no choice but to share these things.

The Merediths said their children were bullied at school and received death threats. They said they “understand the frustrations” of their disgruntled customers, but – despite the fact that the renovations were undertaken for a TV show – added that the disputes “should have been resolved in private… and not in this malicious and salacious attempt to take away our means of living. »

Although the Merediths have been working on an additional episode of “Home Work”, Magnolia has not confirmed that there will be a second season of the series.