Renovate My Family

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Renovate My Family is an hour long reality television series on Fox which reaches out to improve the lives of troubled families. While arguably it is very similar to ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Renovate My Family is in actuality a life altering show which provides a combination of life makeovers for the families.

It begins with the families receiving the announcement, usually in an unexpected place where many people are present (and all are in on the surprise). The family is then rushed back to their home where they are given a small amount of time to pack their things and leave their house once they are chosen because a group of home designers will build a new house for them in its place. They have only one week to build the house. The family gets to take part in tearing the house down as well.

The families who are chosen for Renovate My Family usually have some sort of family issue. While the house is being built, the host takes the family to a special retreat for that week where the family not only gets to spend time together but also must confront the family issue(s) through special counseling. On the day before the house is due to be finished, the family is separated and taken to separate salons where each family member is given a makeover. They are then reunited back at their home just before the new house is to be unveiled.

The show is hosted by Jay McGraw, son of Dr. Phil McGraw. Other experts included ex-Playboy playmates and identical triplets Nicole, Erica and Jaclyn Dahm. McGraw went on to marry Erica Dahm, who featured as one of the construction experts on the show.

The show is no longer in production, but attracted controversy when one of the families featured sued FOX alleging that equipment was improperly installed and they were left with massive additional renovation and tax costs.

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