Asked on Dec 10, 2019

Which topic(s) would you rather see on Hometalk TV?

HomeroadMindshiftMarsha Yokie
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I am the owner of a design + build firm in Atlanta, GA and am working on ideas for a show for HometalkTV for next year and would love your feedback. Here are some topics that I am exploring:



  1. Stupid things that contractors, designers and homeowners do their houses and how to fix them...
  2. A renovation of our office which is a modern design studio shared with a modern luxury designer...
  3. A renovation of my house with my family helping- we are currently working on the basement to include rehab of the stairs, a bar, 3 piece bathroom plus others common spaces.
  4. "Q and A" creating videos and a show based on the most popular home improvement questions in the forums.


Other ideas?

Rendering of what the office space will look like when completed. We are at the demo and framing stages right now so lots of work to share with you all.


13 answers
  • Miriam I
    on Dec 12, 2019

    Love the q&a idea! Would love to see some of the questions here answered as a video!

    • SawHorse Design Build
      on Dec 12, 2019

      I agree- I think a Q and A could be fun. I'll scroll through some of the existing questions. If you all have home improvement projects that are small I can use my house and clients houses to create some videos for you all. Give me some topics that you would like covered.

  • Peggy Burnette
    on Dec 13, 2019

    I love unicorn spit and would love to have more ideas for its use. Thank you

  • William
    on Dec 13, 2019

    All that you mention are great. I would like to see some nightmares homeowners have done. Not stupid things but things done wrong and the proper way to do it. I have gone on jobs to correct things previous owners had done and ended up costing more to correct the problems than if it wasn't done in the first place. There a lot of questions that are repeat questions. Would be great to cover them in videos. Basically simple projects. Weatherstripping doors, hanging curtains, hanging shower rods, ghost doors that open or close by themselves, squeaking floors, etc.

    • Dee
      on Dec 13, 2019

      William, you hit the nail on the head. I would love to see some of the things gone wrong and how to fix them.

      I would also like to see how to fix a door that started saging.

      Painting tips for walls and trim.


  • Vickymcreations
    on Dec 13, 2019

    I think its a great idea to do the Q & A - one of the other questions which comes up regularly is how to make weed killer and repainting kitchen units, tiles and worktops.

    • SawHorse Design Build
      on Dec 13, 2019

      It looks like Hometalk HQ has approved the Q and A so I'll be searching for some fun topics to cover. I like these selections and will add them to my list.

  • Thea
    on Dec 13, 2019

    I have a couple of observations - these are not to criticize but rather a pattern that I want to question that may be relevant to your show. 75% of Hometalk contributions are in Farmhouse/rustic-style with e.g. lots of moulding, shiplap and most often in white. This seems to be extremely popular but there are also many other decorating styles.


    Secondly, I personally never watch video tutorials because they are long-winded, it is much easier to read something. Is your target market still literate or more post-literate ie younger generation. Hope this makes sense and is constructive.

    • Thea
      7 days ago

      Yes, I would love some of the trendier styles such as neo-Memphis, jungle, mid century, classic modern, tribal modern, anything that is not moulded and painted with white chalk paint. But whether current users of Hometalk would like that...

  • SawHorse Design Build
    on Dec 13, 2019

    Is pallet furniture over done? I have a few designs that I have not see on the internet and can share them as well.

  • Janice
    on Dec 13, 2019

    Many people inquire about how to "upgrade" their basic large bathroom mirror without removing it. Perhaps you could show two or three ways to frame them without having access to carpentry tools.

    • SawHorse Design Build
      on Dec 13, 2019

      Maybe I show how the PROs do it and a way to DIY as well with some of these just in case the DIYers have the pro tools. Some of my clients have more tools that I do even though they pay for us to do the work.

  • CJ
    on Dec 13, 2019

    I think pallet furniture is a little over done and so is the "farm house" trend.


    I grew up in a farm house, the daughter and granddaughter of farm wives and the farmer husbands and I can assure everyone that we did not have the "old and worn" look in the house, paint was touched up as needed, we took care of things to prevent the old and well used furniture from looking old and well used! And we certainly didn't use chicken wire or corregated metal in the house! That said, I kind of like this country version of the industrial look in small doses.


    I think we could benefit from learning about other people's mistakes and how to fix those mistakes. We've probably made a few errors along the way with our house.

    Thank you for considering my opinions. I look forward to seeing some of your projects.

    • SawHorse Design Build
      on Dec 15, 2019

      I agree, and luckily we never had to jump on that bandwagon. A few of our clients would draw inspiration from a modern farmhouse approach, however it is just a variation on a craftsman cottage which is already in the marketplace.

  • Sea Trace Creations
    on Dec 13, 2019

    I love the show Hometown, not because of how they use shiplap but how they save money and come up with unique ideas. They often preserve old items in the old houses they renovate to keep things out of the landfill, preserve historic charm. Lets face it...the latest isnt always the greatest ! I think that has to be the goal with most people to SAVE because let's face it house renos aren't cheap!

  • Flipturn
    on Dec 14, 2019


    I would like to see more coverage and emphasis on using the correct requisite tools and materials, even if it costs more initially, in order to achieve optimal results. So often folks think that going the cheapest and fastest route is the best, while in the longer run, it just creates more problems.

    • SawHorse Design Build
      on Dec 15, 2019

      I agree- I'll show ways to doing things for less cost, however I never compromise quality or safety. Sometimes, if you want a certain look you have to pay more for the product. When it comes to tools, I never get the cheapest tool, I get the one that works best for the situation and will last the longest. Value to me is the cost over the life-cycle of the tool and project.

  • Marsha Yokie
    on Dec 14, 2019

    Something that isn’t gray! Not every thing in the world has to be a

    shade of gray. Nor does every house need shiplap.

    How about some cheerful color for a change. My house is yellow,

    white and orange accents. Can’t you move on from the gray?

    • Thea
      7 days ago

      Marsha, I am soooo with you on this one! Below is my current house style. Surely there are millions of people who don’t do the standard house-flipping TV program white-subway tile backsplash - style. But would it be suitable for Hometalk?

  • Mindshift
    on Dec 14, 2019

    I think your first idea is a good one. Just today I drove through a neighborhood full of piles of rock in the front yards. Near as I could tell, the several homeowners had attempted to create dry stream beds, but the results were so bad.

    • SawHorse Design Build
      on Dec 15, 2019

      Bad design is everywhere and so is bad execution. I was at a clients house the other-day and saw 5-6 items (not by us) that were DIY or contractor decisions that could impact the structure of the house.

  • Homeroad
    on Dec 28, 2019

    Love the idea about fixing the bad renovations to the house!

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