The Magnolia Network reviews claims for poor quality work, delays and cost overruns against Candis and Andy Meredith.
A Utah couple’s home improvement show has been pulled from television and streaming, after allegations they provided shoddy, non-existent work to several homeowners.
Andy and Candis Meredith claim that they did their best on the projects.
On January 4, the new Magnolia Network (formerly the DIY Network) launched on cable and satellite systems. Two days later, the network – a joint venture of Discovery and “Fixer Upper” stars Chip and Joanna Gaines – released a statement that it had removed “Home Work” from its schedule “pending a review of claims that have been made. “
On Monday, at least three Utah homeowners said publicly that they had signed contracts with the Merediths to renovate their homes, but suffered months of delays, inflated costs, substandard work and a shortage. Communication.
“Magnolia Network understands that some homeowners have expressed concerns about the renovation projects being undertaken by Candis and Andy Meredith,” Channel President Allison Paige said in a statement. “Over the past few days we have learned more information about the extent of these issues and have decided to remove ‘Work from Home’ from the Magnolia Network range.”
A homeowner took to Instagram to say she was committed to renovating her home for “Work from Home” but the budget had gone from $ 25,000 to $ 40,000, which workers had damaged her house and that communication with the Merediths was “abysmal”. Aubry Bennion said she was frustrated that “after two years” the Merediths are “being celebrated and promoted when the people they injured along the way have come to naught.”
A couple said they were told that the renovation of their home by the Merediths would take 3-4 weeks and cost $ 45,000, and that 8-10 weeks after the start of the project they were told they should pay an additional $ 35,000 to $ 45,000. Another couple said they paid the Merediths $ 50,000 in February 2020 and no work was done – and that they only received $ 14,000 of their money. Candis Meredith confirmed this during an appearance on NBC’s “Today Show”.
One of the Merediths’ clients also took to Instagram to congratulate them on their “great job.”
The Meredith’s home renovations caught Joanna Gaines’ attention on Instagram. It’s a blended family – Candis and Andy each had three children in their marriage and then had a seventh. A four-part series starring the Merediths, titled “Old Home Love,” aired on DIY in 2015. They’re both from Utah – she’s from American Fork; he’s from Bluffdale.
They renovated a 20,000 square foot school built in 1907 into their new home. This project, along with several others, was featured in all 13 episodes of “Home Work”.
The Magnolia network was initially due to launch in late 2020, first on TV and then online. Due to production and construction delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Magnolia’s programming first began airing as part of Discovery + and the news channel only replaced DIY last week. .
Episodes of “Home Work”, which have been streaming since July, were also previewed from Discovery +. All references to the Merediths and their show appear to have been removed from the Magnolia website.
Chip and Joanna Gaines declined to comment on the controversy.
During her appearance on “Today,” Candis Meredith said the couple were “really overwhelmed” and “done their best” on home improvement projects for “Home Work”. She blamed contractors for faulty work, delays and expanded budgets.
Additionally, the Merediths posted on Instagram that they “have always tried to give all we have to make everyone we work with happy.… We can only say that there are two sides to every story and well that we have chosen not to make our truth public, because we know how hurtful it can be, we understand that hearing only one side can paint a negative picture.
They went on to “demand that these threats and pilings without the whole story stop.” … So many people believe that we are fraudsters, that we have intentionally hurt people and that we are not who we say we are. This is simply not true.