When Aubry Bennion’s kitchen area renovation method began in October 2019, she experienced superior hopes. It was the final significant project in her Bountiful home, which she acquired a 12 months before.
Bennion was told the renovation, which would be captured on film for a television clearly show, would past a several weeks and expense close to $20,000.
Nevertheless, she reported those people hopes soon gave way to strain, stress and larger expenses.
Bennion is 1 of a handful of Utah people speaking out on social media and sharing how Candis and Andy Meredith, a Utah couple driving the television display “Household Perform,” still left them hanging. The exhibit was established to debut as section of the new Magnolia Network, the brainchild of “Fixer Higher” stars Chip and Joanna Gaines, which formally introduced final Wednesday.
Magnolia Community president Allison Webpage announced on Friday that the community was eliminating the clearly show from their lineup.
“Magnolia Community is knowledgeable that selected householders have expressed worries about renovation assignments undertaken by Candis and Andy Meredith,” Page explained. “In just the last day, we have discovered added facts about the scope of these troubles, and we have resolved to take out ‘Home Work’ from the Magnolia Network lineup pending a assessment of the claims that have been made.”
The demonstrate hardly ever aired on Magnolia Network, in accordance to the firm’s Television set timetable, although it appears episodes ended up available to stream by way of the Discovery+ provider. As of final Friday, a web site with details on the clearly show experienced been taken out from Magnolia Network’s web site. Prior to its removal, 13 episodes of the Television demonstrate ended up offered for streaming.
Even with the Magnolia Network’s attempts to scrub their internet pages of the present, a post on Instagram that includes the Merediths was still active as of Friday. The submit — which capabilities the Merediths in the Sanpete County dwelling they renovated as aspect of the show — has a lot of remarks from folks who assistance Bennion and other individuals who have also instructed their house renovation tales on social media.
How it started
Bennion experienced identified the Merediths for a few several years right after meeting them at a Do-it-yourself Community start celebration, and the a few stayed in call in excess of the yrs. Immediately after Bennion bought her Bountiful house, the thought of the a few collaborating on a project was a no-brainer, particularly with the prospect of the tv collection, she told KSL.com.
When they met to go over the undertaking, Bennion explained she apprehensive that a entire kitchen renovation would charge all over $50,000 — a selling price tag she could not pay for. Having said that, she mentioned she was reassured it would price tag significantly significantly less.
“Candis mentioned, ‘Oh gosh, we can do it for 20 (thousand),'” Bennion advised KSL.com. “In my wildest aspiration it failed to seem to be doable for $20,000.”
Candis Meredith experienced been getting and renovating houses because she was a younger grownup. She afterwards fulfilled and married Andrew Meredith and the two labored together on numerous assignments, which include the HGTV method, “Previous Property Really like,” which debuted in 2015. At that point, the couple informed Individuals magazine in Oct they failed to feel they’d at any time do Television set once more.
That was just before the Magnolia Community reached out with a new thought to host a new model, starting with the Merediths’ renovation of a 20,000 square-foot schoolhouse into a house for their massive, blended relatives, as perfectly as renovations for other Utah family members.
The notion that Magnolia was powering it thrilled numerous of the show’s potential owners, which include Bennion. She even puzzled if the addition of television income intended unique perks like a value break or cost-free labor, but the selling price seemed like a deal much too superior to go up. She said she was explained to the gutting and rework would past three weeks, commencing in Oct 2019, so the project went forward with a price range of $25,000.
Nonetheless, design persisted by way of March.
Bennion stated there were extended stretches of time without having get the job done being done on her kitchen or hearing updates from the Merediths. She acquired a bank transfer ask for Thanksgiving morning in 2019, for 50 percent the supposed price range — $13,000. She happily compensated the ask for, she explained, as it was the very first time the Merediths experienced questioned. Bennion explained she later realized that the couple had manufactured the request from their getaway spot in Paris. She expressed she had also been frustrated that the rework was in its sixth week, although only a handful of functioning times were invested in her household.
At a person stage, Bennion claimed the Merediths proposed an thought to knock out a window for a door major to a manufacturer new deck in her backyard, when also going an egress window in close proximity to her again doorway. Bennion’s 1st query was about the cost, and she was certain it was within the budget. She eventually permitted the deck, but the recommendation finished up reducing her home price, she mentioned, and would require a highly-priced resolve.
She afterwards figured out that the deck was designed on leading of present sod and sprinklers in November. When spring rolled around, and she nearly prevented flooding in her basement, Bennion saw that the development crews had adjusted the leveling of her garden. Repairing the drainage issue, she said, would ultimately price her $18,000 — very long right after the renovation crews have been absent.
Just after a late crunch to complete her kitchen area, building crews created the kitchen digital camera-all set, although extra get the job done was required to make the kitchen area functional. The last day of filming was the last time Bennion spoke with Candis Meredith in person, she said. The footage of Bennion’s household would finish up not becoming applied.
Months soon after the development was completed, there had been nevertheless extra fees. A flooring business advised Bennion that they tried using to contact the Merediths about an unpaid flooring bill, and the past selection they had available was to put a lien on Bennion’s home. So, she paid out the monthly bill.
In the stop, Bennion only compensated the Merediths the $13,000, but the fixes to her garden considerably exceeded her formerly established price range of $25,000. She also bought her possess appliances for the renovation, which price tag all over $6,000.
Amid the scrutiny, Candis and Andy Meredith took to social media Friday to protect by themselves. The few denied defrauding clientele and claimed they have always paid outstanding balances.
“Observing a one-sided narrative unfold and these hateful feedback from said narrative is very painful,” the couple wrote. “We have often accomplished what we could to solution everything in just and outside our handle.”
Candis Meredith spoke to KSL’s Matt Gephardt on the allegations manufactured about their perform, and conceded that they took on too quite a few tasks at at the time. She also mentioned they bought several items out of their own pockets, and experimented with to appropriate any erroneous that she and Andy Meredith knew about.
“We ended up emotion quite overcome and undertaking our most effective to communicate, but I can fully grasp how, when it is your home, that feels aggravating when matters take for a longer time,” she said.
As a result of this encounter, Candis Meredith claimed she and her spouse have no designs to get the job done for clients in the potential.
“I will say we have been naïve about the interior workings of it all, but we have spoken with the point out and what we can do, what we could have and couldn’t have finished, and we have very considerably acquired that was walking a line,” she mentioned.
It was time
Bennion has been quiet about her property renovation concerns for just about two yrs, but decided to share her story now due to the fact of the Magnolia Network launch and the spotlight staying put on the Merediths.
“I share it simply because just after two a long time, they are becoming celebrated and promoted although the folks they hurt together the way have gotten nowhere,” Bennion wrote on Instagram. “And, on the eve of a Magnolia Community cable launch, the nicely-edited edition of the tale will present only their facet of Oct 2019 and further than.”
“Individuals, bank accounts, livelihoods, family members, our wellness, sanity … all of us have been left on the reducing space ground,” Bennion explained in an Instagram post final Thursday.
Since she shared her story on social media before this 7 days, several additional house owners in Utah have reported equivalent, tumultuous activities with the Merediths and the prospective clients of the “Home Work” clearly show. Numerous experienced the identical challenges with their finances not earning finishes fulfill, shoddy workmanship and unfinished concerns. A person loved ones mentioned they ended up explained to by the Merediths to double their renovation budget in get to finish the project.
The acquiring tale has been picked up by national news companies, including the “Today” demonstrate and Insider, amid other individuals, as renovation and do-it-yourself applications on Television set have very long been well known with property owners, specially involving Chip and Joanna Gaines. Though, other than for their Magnolia Network signing the “Home Work” clearly show, the Gaines pair experienced practically nothing to do with the Utah enterprise.