The Magnolia Network is examining statements of shoddy do the job, delays and value overruns from Candis and Andy Meredith.
A Utah couple’s property-improvement display has been yanked off Tv set and streaming, just after allegations that they delivered shoddy and non-existent function to various property owners.
Andy and Candis Meredith retain that they did their ideal on the jobs.
On Jan. 4, the recently renamed Magnolia Network (formerly the Do-it-yourself Network) released on cable and satellite programs. Two days later, the community — a co-enterprise of Discovery and “Fixer Upper” stars Chip and Joanna Gaines — issued a assertion that it experienced taken out “Home Work” from its schedule “pending a overview of the claims that have been designed.”
As of Monday, at minimum a few Utah homeowners have gone public with statements that they signed contracts with the Merediths to have their homes renovated, but had knowledgeable monthslong delays, ballooning prices, substandard operate and a lack of interaction.
“Magnolia Community is informed that specific home owners have expressed problems about renovation tasks undertaken by Candis and Andy Meredith,” the channel’s president, Allison Paige, said in a assertion. “Within the very last few days, we have acquired added details about the scope of these issues, and we have decided to eliminate ‘Home Work’ from the Magnolia Network lineup.”
One homeowner took to Instagram to say that she signed on to have her residence renovated for “Home Get the job done,” but that the spending plan grew from $25,000 to $40,000, staff ruined her property, and that interaction with the Merediths was “disastrous.” Aubry Bennion reported that she is frustrated that “after two a long time,” the Merediths are “being celebrated and promoted while the people they damage alongside the way have gotten nowhere.”
A single few explained they have been informed the Merediths’ renovation of their residence would consider 3 to 4 months and cost $45,000, and that 8 to 10 months into the task they had been informed they’d want to fork out an added $35,000-$45,000. An additional few claimed they paid the Merediths $50,000 in February 2020 and no get the job done has been performed — and that they’ve been given just $14,000 of their dollars back again. Candis Meredith verified that in an appearance on NBC’s “Today Present.”
One particular of the Merediths’ clients also took to Instagram to praise them for their “beautiful get the job done.”
The Merediths’ property renovations caught the awareness of Joanna Gaines on Instagram. They are a blended loved ones — Candis and Andy each introduced 3 little ones into their relationship, then had a seventh. A four-episode series showcasing the Merediths, titled “Old Residence Appreciate,” aired on Do it yourself in 2015. They are the two 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 residence. That job, along with various other folks, had been showcased in the 13 episodes of “Home Work.”
The Magnolia Network was initially set to launch in late 2020, 1st on Television and then on-line. For the reason that of manufacturing and building delays brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, Magnolia programming 1st began streaming as aspect of Discovery+ and the information channel did not swap Diy right up until past week.
Episodes of “Home Get the job done,” which have been streaming due to the fact July, have been pulled from Discovery+ as properly. All references to the Merediths and their clearly show look to have been eradicated from Magnolia’s site.
Chip and Joanna Gaines have declined to comment on the controversy.
In her physical appearance on “Today,” Candis Meredith reported the pair was “truly overwhelmed” and “did our best” on home-renovation tasks for “Home Get the job done.” She blamed contractors for faulty do the job, delays and expanded budgets.
In addition, the Merediths posted on Instagram that they “have normally tried to give every little thing we have to make any one we perform with delighted. … We can only say that there are two sides to each and every tale and when we selected not to go community with our reality, simply because we know how hurtful this feels, we have an understanding of that only hearing a person side can paint a detrimental picture.”
They went on to “ask that these threats and piling on with no the complete tale halt. … So many think that we are frauds, have harm folks intentionally, and that we are not who we say we are. That is simply not genuine.”