'Dream Home Makeover': Shea and Syd McGee wow clients with fresh design ideas, no matter how small the budget
Netflix's latest show 'Dream Home Makeover' introduced us to the designer Shea McGee and her husband Syd McGee. There are plenty of home renovation and redesigning shows on television, but what sets 'Dream Home Makeover' apart is the amount of passion Shea has towards her work, and the couple's firm belief that the entire house doesn't need to be renovated for the house to look completely different. Just a room too can do the trick.
On the other shows, we have constantly witnessed the designer pushing the clients to stretch their budget or paring down their bucket list of modifications for their dream home. But the same can't be said about the McGees. At the beginning of the series, Shea makes it clear that irrespective of the client's budget, her ultimate goal is to make the client fall in love with their home and be happy in it. She even explains how at the nascent stages of their business, the husband and wife had decided to focus on the client's satisfaction above everything else.
The other designers might consider a small budget as a constraint to their creative process, but Shea looks at it in the exact opposite manner. She views the shoe-string budget as a challenge to get more creative. Syd and Shea's personal experience of redesigning their own first home inspired the couple's beliefs and outlook towards their business.
On the show, we see the couple meeting customers with millions of dollars at their disposal for the redesigning to clients with a small budget of just $30K. They put in the same amount of effort and attention to detail for every project they undertake irrespective of the budget. Shea recounted how she did her first ever redesigning project to the couple's family home, on a very tight budget, and documented everything on her social media, which instantly became a hit. Soon enough she started getting requests for designing other people's houses, which led to the couple selling everything they owned and pouring in all their savings into setting up their design and furniture firm. Through the course of the show, Shea drops tricks and tips on how to redesign a room or a house.
'Dream Home Makeover' is available for streaming on Netflix.