Hack My Home
TELEVISION | Engineering specialists design innovative makeovers in this engaging home-renovation show
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➤ Rated TV-G
The housing market’s volatility hasn’t slowed the growth of home-renovation TV series: Wikipedia lists 90 of these shows. The latest is Hack My Home, in which engineering specialists design innovative upgrades for space-starved homes in the Atlanta area. Many reality shows trade on the hosts’ entertaining verbal sparring, but the four colorful personalities of the Hack My Home team brainstorm remodeling ideas with unflappable civility. Still, the “hacks” (ingenious techniques) and unique family situations (such as a family of seven with infant quadruplets) make Hack My Home a fun watch, except for interminable misuses of God’s name.
After a generic first episode and a second involving a lesbian chef couple frustrated by a constrained home kitchen, the series gets interesting. In Episode 3, an older couple raises their four granddaughters. The hosts supervise a complete redesign of the girls’ cramped living quarters and add many personal touches. “We emptied the closet, and we hacked the space into a prayer room for you,” Ati Williams, the team’s construction specialist, tells the grandmother.
Other engineering triumphs include “robotic” walls that glide back and forth, a collapsible staircase, and a door hidden in a bookcase. The fourth episode has the most impressive hack, though. A mom homeschools her three kids in a narrow living room. Junk fills an outdoor-accessible basement with a low ceiling. When the family returns home, they find a kitchen table that retracts upward to reveal a spiral staircase twisting down through the floor into the basement. Also, excavators lowered the basement by 2 feet and converted it into a usable schoolroom. That’s a heck of a hack.
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