Didn't find a thread elsewhere, it could be buried too deeply, so I started a new one
This post is specifically about the HGTV show Designer's Challenge, but I'll put it under a broad HGTV thread for other shows they have if anyone wants to talk about them.
Did anyone else catch the episode where they remodeled an Albuquerque kitchen? This is the episode that included creating a copper-lined ceiling riser, and where most of the kitchen remodel was assembled away from the home at a local contractor's, then disassembled and reassembled in the home when finished. The finished kitchen was really an amazing remodel, imho.. one of the best kitchens they've done. This was a local shoot here, with a local designer and contractors. The homeowner's budget for the remodel was $60,000 max.
If anyone saw that episode, the designer here in Albuquerque has been running local spots during the Designer's Challenge time slot pointing to their website where they have a small 'Behind The Scenes' video they shot during their episode. It's an interesting little thing, with some minor but interesting information about what goes on behind the scenes of the show, and how much it really costs, as opposed to what was budgeted. I was surprised to hear the actual cost of that remodel. They had over $100,000 worth of additional materials and construction-related items donated by local merchants who recognized the value of having their business name credited on the show. This was in addition to the $60,000 they did actually spend of the homeowner's money. No wonder the kitchen looked so great and had such nifty gadgets!
Anyway, if anyone is interested in watching their little behind-the-scenes video, it's at their website.