The mother and daughter house flipping duo, Karen E. Laine and Mina Starsiak, aren’t afraid to tackle any run-down house needing extensive renovations as long as the building has “good bones.” Real Screen shared that former defense attorney Laine and her daughter, real estate agent Starsiak, purchase properties in the Indianapolis area that have been condemned or are scheduled for demolition. They try not to spend more than approximately $100,000 when they purchase a home, and after taking the house down to the studs, another $100,000 goes into renovating with completely new floor plans, designs, and finishes.
These ladies of Good Bones are so close that besides owning a renovation company together called Two Chicks and a Hammer, they even live next door to each other. After they were contacted by High Noon production company and produced a pilot for Good Bones that aired last May to very favorable reviews, HGTV ordered 10 episodes of Good Bones that were filmed from July to December 2015. A sneak-peek video shows the Good Bones pair as they’re about to enter one of their Good Bones homes exchanging a lot of playful banter and sharing several laughs.
In order to complete enough renovations for the series, this Good Bones close-knit pair had to go from working on three homes a year, to restoring 10 homes in a short six-month time frame. Along with the normal stress that comes from restoring any home, the Good Bones team had to work hard to make sure they were on time and stayed on budget. That meant making sure the Good Bones construction crews adhered to a rigid timetable as well.
“Can they get these homes done on time? That’s really tricky in the renovation category and it throws everything off-kilter [if not completed in time],” says High Noon company CEO, Jim Berger. “But they really went for it in this first season. They really stepped up and finished all the homes on time.”
HGTV shared on their Good Bones page that with Mina’s real estate know-how and Karen’s no-nonsense legal background, these two are experts at getting any property they decide to renovate. During this season, the Good Bones pair will also be enlisting their family’s help with various projects such as demo and construction.
Home flipping and renovation shows receive some of the highest rating for the Scripps Networks Interactive-owned channel, HGTV. In December of last year, an airing of High Noon’s wildly popular show Fixer Upper, featuring hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines, earned the network a 1.27 rating among viewers aged 25 to 54, making it one of the highest-rated telecasts in network history.
Laine says she was fortunate enough to get to meet the Gaines and Clint Harp when she was traveling in that area. She stated that all three were “amazingly kind, generous people.” If this new series resonates well with viewers, perhaps someday Good Bones will generate the same kinds of ratings for the network.
For almost 20 years, High Noon has been responsible for producing 25 home renovation shows. During that time, Berger states that he’s seen the genre change from a struggling format that saw homeowners with no experience trying to figure out how to renovate homes by themselves, to professional builders producing beautiful homes. Berger went on to say that like most home renovations, the genre itself was built from the studs up.
“Property shows are going to be around for hundreds and hundreds of years because everybody can relate to the home and can always relate to the home, I don’t care if it’s now or 100 years from now,” Berger said.
Do you enjoy shows featuring home renovations? Leave your comments, thoughts and opinions below. Good Bones premieres on Tuesday, March 22 at 11 p.m. ET on HGTV.
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