2020 was a tough year, but there was a silver lining: With so much time spent inside, people had a chance to really focus on their homes and make them as functional, comfortable, and beautiful as can be.
So it’s a good thing we have so many great real estate reality shows on HGTV, Netflix, Bravo, and beyond to keep us not only entertained, but also inspired with tips to take our living spaces to the next level.
Whether you’re a fan of “Property Brothers,” “Flip or Flop,” or some other favorite from the past, rest assured that many of these hits are returning next year. But 2021 also brings a slew of brand-spanking-new shows—with fresh faces and ideas—that you might want to add to your binge-watching repertoire.
Curious about what new shows you can enjoy in the new year? Check out these noteworthy picks (air dates listed if available), and learn which one (or few) is perfect for you.
1. ‘Ty Breaker’
Carpenter Ty Pennington rose to fame as the host of “Trading Spaces” and “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” and now he’s heading back to TV with his new HGTV show, “Ty Breaker,” which will premiere on Jan. 11.
In this series, Pennington is joined by HGTV stars Alison Victoria (“Windy City Rehab”), Grace Mitchell (“One of a Kind”), and Sabrina Soto (“The High Low Project”), who rotate as the show’s guest designers as Pennington helps conflicted homeowners decide whether to fix up their current home or start over with a new place.
This show is perfect for people torn between embarking on a big renovation or a big move, exploring the challenges and rewards of both paths.
2. ‘Home Town: Ben’s Workshop’
Ben Napier is known for his HGTV show “Home Town,” where he and his wife, Erin Napier, rehab old homes in Mississippi. In the show, Ben is always building custom furnishings to make the houses feel more like home—and now he’s getting his own show where he’ll get to focus on those crafty creations.
In this new Discovery+ series out on Jan. 4, Ben will be joined by celebrity guests as he shares his expertise in carpentry and craftsmanship. This show is sure to be a win for “Home Town” fans and carpentry buffs alike.
3. ‘Home Town Takeover’
It looks like the Napiers will have a busy 2021. In addition to Ben’s new solo show, the couple will premiere a new HGTV series, “Home Town Takeover,” where they renovate an entire town.
The town they chose for this season is the community of Wetumpka, AL, which has a population of just 8,278. That may be small, but transforming the whole neighborhood is nonetheless a massive undertaking. Take a look if you’re curious about what goes into transforming the community outside your own front door.
4. ‘Frozen in Time’
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“Frozen in Time” follows designer Dan Vickery and Maureen McCormick (who played Marcia in “The Brady Bunch”) as they team up to fix old Southern California homes that are stuck in the past. They’ll take homes that were built in the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s and modernize them—while still preserving their vintage charm.
Fans of stuck-in-a-time-warp old homes will love seeing them morph into modern marvels on Discovery+ on Jan. 4.
5. ‘Restoration Road’
The show follows Clint Harp, who’s best known for his furniture creations on “Fixer Upper,” as he travels the country in search of the most exciting restoration and renovation projects, like run-down barns and historic inns. It’s a can’t-miss for those interested in extreme fixer-uppers and beautiful destinations across the country.
6. ‘Bespoke Kitchens’
Another one of Chip and Jo’s new Magnolia shows, “Bespoke Kitchens,” follows Paul O’Leary, a furniture designer, and Helen Parker, an interior designer, as they whip up the most beautiful kitchen spaces.
This show is a perfect choice for any homeowner who cooks up a storm, and wants to make their kitchen even more functional and fabulous than ever.
7. ‘Home Work’
While Chip and Joanna have so many exciting shows coming to Magnolia, “Home Work” speaks specifically to families who are outgrowing their homes. In this show, parents of seven Candis and Andy Meredith take an old schoolhouse and make it their dream home via some genius renovations. It’s sure to inspire all who need to find clever ways to carve out more space at home for a nursery, home office, or otherwise.
8. ‘Home Again With the Fords’
You may know Steve and Leanne Ford from HGTV’s “Restored By the Fords,” but in 2021, this brother and sister team is expanding its empire with another HGTV show.
“Home Again With the Fords” will follow the Fords as they help clients renovate their childhood homes. Anyone who’s ever dreamed of making over their childhood home will love how the Fords update these spaces while preserving treasured family memories.
9. ‘Everything But the House’
Need some organization motivation for the new year? Lara Spencer, host of HGTV’s “Flea Market Flip,” will star in “Everything But the House,” where she helps homeowners declutter and arrange their belongings, and even auction off some surprisingly valuable items hiding in attics and basements. Whether you’re curious if your antiques are worth something or just eager to let them go, here’s that kick in the pants you need.
10. ‘Cabin Crew’
Have you ever dreamed of living in a cozy cabin? Then you’ll dig HGTV’s “Cabin Crew,” where husband and wife Ben and Loana Sargent transform old Vermont cabins and cottages into fabulous dream homes. It’s a must-see for anyone who wants a little house in the woods that’s decked out with all the luxuries of modern life.
11. ‘Fresh Starter’
Not all homeowners have big budgets, which is why HGTV’s “Fresh Starter” stars couple Austin Coleman and Raisa Kuddus as they help young clients create custom starter homes on small budgets. If you want to renovate on a shoestring, this show will give you plenty of ideas.
12. ‘Self-Made Mansions’
While “Fresh Starter” focuses on starter homes, “Self-Made Mansions” is all about luxury living. This new HGTV series stars Clinton Kelly (from “What Not To Wear”), who helps self-made millionaires find the perfect home. It’s a must-watch for those looking for high-end real estate, but it’s also perfect for those who just like to dream.
13. ‘My Lottery Dream Home International’
If you won millions in the lottery, you’d buy a palatial mansion abroad, right? In HGTV’s “My Lottery Dream Home International,” British interior designer Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen will help lottery winners find their dream home in Europe. It’s perfect for those fantasizing about an overseas escape in 2021.
14. ‘Unfinished Business’
Have you ever started a home project and failed to finish it? HGTV’s “Unfinished Business” is all about those halfway done projects. In the series, contractor Tom Reber will help families finally complete their handy home undertakings—timely inspiration for viewers dragging their feet on those quarantine upgrades they swear they’ll do someday.
15. ‘Inside out’
In quarantine, many Americans realized just how important outside space can be. And HGTV’s new show “Inside Out,” starring designer Carmine Sabatella and landscaper Mike Pyle, provides plenty of ideas to make the most of your home—inside and out. From jungle gyms to fire pits to pools and beyond, these renovations are great fuel for anyone with a large backyard and no idea what to do with it.
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