Mother-Daughter DIY team the focus of HGTV’s new show Good Bones

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Are the women on Good Bones trained contractors? Who cares–wait till you see how much fun they have! The premise of Good Bones will be familiar to many of HGTV’s regular viewers: the show features two people, each of whom brings a different and complimentary set of skills to their own home-grown business, working together to turn real estate for a profit and neighborhood improvement. The key difference with Good Bones, though, is that the pair isn’t a married couple, á la Joanna and Chipper Gaines on the network’s wildly successful Fixer Upper or Tarek and Christina El Moussa on Flip Or Flop. In this case, the show depicts a mother-daughter team.

According to the press release, “Daughter Mina, a real estate agent, and mom Karen, a former lawyer, own an Indianapolis-based home renovation business with a mission to revitalize their favorite neighborhoods one house at a time. The 10 episode series will follow the expert team as they buy homes in serious disrepair, sometimes gut them to the studs and transform them into stunning remodels.”

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HGTV’s own synopsis offers a bit more information: Karen E. Laine (that’s mom) and Mina Starsiak (her daughter) “are setting out to revitalize their hometown of Indianapolis one property at a time.” How do they plan to do that? “They’re buying up run down homes and transforming them into stunning urban remodels.” Or, as Karen–whose real last name is Jensen–recently put it, “We find the worst house on the block, and we make a difference on that block by making that house better.”

Again, the concept may sound familiar–and, to be fair to Good Bones, that is an excellent concept for a house flipping show. But it’s the little things that look to set Good Bones apart. For one thing, Karen and Mina’s team is very small–just “themselves, a general contractor, and his crew.” For another, they often live in or near the same neighborhoods where they find their fixer-uppers, and put in the investment of a top-to-bottom renovation, rather than a piecemeal approach. And they tend to work with small budgets, especially by HGTV’s current standards: their initial purchase price is generally below $100,000, and Karen and Mina rarely have to put in more than $100,000 beyond that for a full renovation. One way they keep costs down? On each job, the contractor and crew do only what Karen and Mina can’t handle themselves. Beyond that, it’s all them, from the purchase to the decoration to the listing and final sale.

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It’s a craft that Karen and Mina have honed for nearly a decade; they founded Two Chicks and a Hammer, their remodeling business, in 2008. (Trivia tidbit: Two Chicks and a Hammer was initially the name of their show; it’s since been changed, possibly to avoid confusion with their own business.) However, the business came about almost by accident: they redid Mina’s first house together in 2007, and had so much fun doing it that they followed it with another, and followed that with renovations of Karen’s law office.

In 2014, the pair answered a casting call from High Noon Entertainment–which devotées of HGTV will recall is the same production company responsible for Fixer Upper, among many other hits. A wine-fueled Skype interview and a compilation of homemade footage later, mother and daughter made it to network.

Karen and Mina have spent the past few days on social media celebrating the countdown to the Good Bones premiere. To give you a taste of their sense of humor–not to mention the infectious amount of laughter we should expect from their show–check out this sample:

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If you just can’t stand the excitement and need to see Good Bones right now, you’re in luck: Real Screen has a seven-minute preview up on their site, which you can watch here. For more behind-the-scenes fun, be sure to follow Karen and Mina on social media: their official Twitter handle is @TwoChicksIndy, and they’re also on Instagram at @twochicksandahammer.

And, after all that, don’t forget to watch the show! Good Bones airs Tuesday nights at 11 PM EST on HGTV.

 

(Photo credits: Are the women on Good Bones trained contractors via Twitter, Instagram)


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  • Che

    Sounds like rehab addict.

    • Neville Chamberlin

      Oh NO!!!!!

  • Doris

    Already disappointed because they are attempting to remove wallpaper with plenty of complaining. If they actually knew what they were doing they’d get out the insect sprayer and get it done!

  • Jeanius

    I usually enjoy these types of shows but the grating attempt at humor made it tough to get into. They seemed fake and trying just a bit to hard to be entertaining.

    • J. Shaffer

      I agree

  • Carol b

    I have enjoyed the show so far. I’m happy they are trying to make those eyes sores in the area better what sucks though is that they can’t force the crackheads from the area out. I’m indiana born and raised but that area is just horrid. During the day the place is very nice, but stay far away at night for your own safety.

    • Heather

      I couldn’t disagree with you more. They come across as genuine, sincere people who have a fantastic real relationship. I’m so happy they hav a 2nd season lined up!! I’ll definitely be watching!!

    • Heather

      My apologies Carol b, this is my 1st time doing this…my reply was intended for Jeanius

  • Debbie Nance

    Love this show. I think they are clever, smart and show a great deal of love and respect for eachother, as well as the homes they are fixing up and the neighborhoods they are working in.

  • Sue McCarthy Palmer

    They have NO design sense! Horrible taste!

    • Heather

      They absolutely have design sense, perhaps it’s just that you don’t like the style. That’s just a matter of opinion, which you are entitled to have. There is a youthful eccentric flare that they utilize and in my opinion it’s fabulous. To each their own

  • Leslie Hoerwinkle

    Mina is a lovely gal.

  • Neville Chamberlin

    Could’t they do the show in thong bikinis?

    • AllyDog

      At least it will make it more bearable for some men to watch .. once they both lose about 40 pounds. As for me, please NO!

  • brett cannon

    Their market is Indianapolis. Don’t expect much. Daughter has no fashion sense. Mother dumb hippy with poor ideas.

  • xoxo555

    Get ready to be bored silly with this show. It is mind numbing-the chatter, the “humor”, and the mother’s need to lecture us about nonsensical mish mash.

  • Kathilee

    Love this show!!! These gals are smart, talented and very entertaining. Hope this one becomes a regular. LOVE IT!!!!

  • AllyDog

    This show sucks big time; the mother is irritating and trying too hard to be funny. Some people just don’t have it; giant lack of charisma in this pair. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz Dump this turkey of a show.

  • Lynn Norton

    This show is growing on me. It’s a tiny thing, but it irritates me to hear Mina call her mom by her first name (Karen) rather than “mom”. I know Mina is an adult now, but still….

  • J. Shaffer

    Watching an episode. Got a question about Indianapolis. Are you permitted to take non-service animals into eating establishments. The episode began with the two going to get coffee with their dogs.

  • El Conquistador

    I can’t speak for the ladies on the show, but they use a contracting company named Caliber Construction. Seen their work before, doesn’t speak highly about the quality of the work going into the homes they flip.