A Utah couple’s home-enhancement clearly show has been yanked off Tv set and streaming, following allegations that they presented shoddy and non-existent get the job done to quite a few householders.
Andy and Candis Meredith sustain that they did their greatest on the tasks.
On Jan. 4, the freshly renamed Magnolia Network (beforehand the Do it yourself Network) released on cable and satellite techniques. Two days later, the network — a co-venture of Discovery and “Fixer Upper” stars Chip and Joanna Gaines — issued a assertion that it had removed “Home Work” from its agenda “pending a overview of the claims that have been manufactured.”
As of Monday, at least 3 Utah owners have absent general public with claims that they signed contracts with the Merediths to have their residences renovated, but experienced seasoned monthslong delays, ballooning prices, substandard function and a absence of communication.
“Magnolia Community is informed that certain house owners have expressed concerns about renovation tasks undertaken by Candis and Andy Meredith,” the channel’s president, Allison Paige, explained in a assertion. “Within the final several days, we have figured out additional data about the scope of these issues, and we have determined to get rid of ‘Home Work’ from the Magnolia Network lineup.”
One particular house owner took to Instagram to say that she signed on to have her house renovated for “Home Operate,” but that the funds grew from $25,000 to $40,000, employees damaged her home, and that interaction with the Merediths was “disastrous.” Aubry Bennion stated that she is disappointed that “after two many years,” the Merediths are “being celebrated and promoted when the people they hurt alongside the way have gotten nowhere.”
1 few stated they were being explained to the Merediths’ renovation of their house would acquire 3 to 4 months and expense $45,000, and that 8 to 10 weeks into the task they ended up told they’d need to pay an supplemental $35,000-$45,000. A further couple stated they compensated the Merediths $50,000 in February 2020 and no operate has been finished — and that they’ve received just $14,000 of their funds back again. Candis Meredith confirmed that in an physical appearance on NBC’s “Today Demonstrate.”
1 of the Merediths’ purchasers also took to Instagram to praise them for their “beautiful get the job done.”
The Merediths’ dwelling renovations caught the notice of Joanna Gaines on Instagram. They’re a blended spouse and children — Candis and Andy each introduced 3 children into their marriage, then experienced a seventh. A four-episode series that includes the Merediths, titled “Old House Enjoy,” aired on Do it yourself in 2015. They’re equally Utah natives — she’s from American Fork he’s from Bluffdale.
They renovated a 20,000-square-foot schoolhouse designed in 1907 into their new household. That venture, together with many many others, were being showcased in the 13 episodes of “Home Do the job.”
The Magnolia Network was at first established to start in late 2020, 1st on Tv and then on the net. For the reason that of output and development delays induced by the COVID-19 pandemic, Magnolia programming initially commenced streaming as portion of Discovery+ and the news channel didn’t replace Do it yourself till last 7 days.
Episodes of “Home Operate,” which have been streaming because July, have been pulled from Discovery+ as effectively. All references to the Merediths and their show seem to have been eliminated from Magnolia’s web page.
Chip and Joanna Gaines have declined to comment on the controversy.
In her look on “Today,” Candis Meredith said the few was “truly overwhelmed” and “did our best” on property-renovation jobs for “Home Perform.” She blamed contractors for defective work, delays and expanded budgets.
In addition, the Merediths posted on Instagram that they “have constantly tried out to give everything we have to make any individual we get the job done with happy. … We can only say that there are two sides to each story and although we selected not to go public with our fact, since we know how hurtful this feels, we recognize that only hearing a single aspect can paint a damaging photo.”
They went on to “ask that these threats and piling on devoid of the whole tale end. … So quite a few imagine that we are frauds, have damage folks intentionally, and that we are not who we say we are. That is simply not accurate.”