By HGTV, Special for USDR
The talented teams in HGTV’s Beach Flip include: long-time sweethearts from Chicago, wealth management expert Martha Montross and experienced builder Alex Borre; long-distance couple, Melissa Llewellyn from Los Angeles and Mahdi Alston from Philadelphia, who are in the process of flipping their first house; married duo Sarah Roussos-Karakaian, the professional organizer, and Nick Karakaian, a handyman with a background in architecture, from Astoria, N.Y.; and longtime best friends Lucy Farmer, a designer, and Daphney Massey, a real estate agent, from Birmingham, Ala. Fans also can learn more about the teams by visiting hgtv.com/beachflip, as well as watch contestant interviews and behind-the-scenes outtakes with David Bromstad. In addition, online visitors can participate in weekly fan polls and even live tweet during the series premiere using #HGTVBeachFlip.
“These competitors are skilled home renovators and they know how to get the most bang for their buck,” said Josh. “It’ll be incredibly interesting to see how these teams play the game.”
Armed with a $40,000 budget, the teams must manage their time and money to renovate their assigned two bedroom/two bathroom property from top to bottom. In addition, the teams vie to win additional funds by competing in weekly challenges, including a full kitchen reno, a complete living room redesign, a guest room makeover based on chosen inspirational pieces and the addition of a multifunctional office/den space.
“Each team has great ideas for how they want their spaces to look,” said David. “Time management is really going to determine the winner of these weekly challenges and that extra money for the renovation budget is a huge advantage.”
In the season premiere, the contestants’ must renovate and redesign the master bedrooms. At the end of the challenge, mentor David Bromstad evaluates the overall look of the space, quality of the renovation and total value added through smart design decisions.
“This competition is all about executing the smartest home improvement for the money,” said Nicole. “The team who can pull this off–while the clock is ticking–is going to win it all.”
America’s leading home and lifestyle brand, HGTV features a top-rated cable network that is distributed to more than 96 million U.S. households andHGTV.com, the premier source for home-related inspiration, instruction and entertainment, attracts more than six million people each month. The brand also includes the HGTV HOME™ consumer products line which showcases exclusive collections of paint, flooring, lighting, furniture, plants, fabrics and other home-oriented products. For more information on HGTV HOME branded products and to find a retailer, go to www.hgtvhome.com. In partnership with Hearst Magazines, the HGTV Magazine, a home and lifestyle publication, is currently available on newsstands. Viewers can become fans of HGTV and interact with other home improvement enthusiasts through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest andInstagram. Headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn., HGTV is owned by Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc. (SNI).