Renovation Nation

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
Renovation Nation TV Poster Image
Homes go green beautifully -- and affordably.

Parents say

No reviews yetAdd your rating

Kids say

No reviews yetAdd your rating

Did this review miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive, diverse representations in books, TV shows, and movies. Want to help us help them? Suggest a diversity update

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Offers renovation tips and showcases homes that are creatively eco-friendly to help people think about how they can make their own households greener. Presents the idea of going green as a viable and affordable option.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

Occasionally spotlights guest houses and other structures that are uniquely green, but only to demonstrate their eco-friendliness.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this series -- which suggests affordable ways to help a house meet green standards while being stylishly upgraded -- doesn't have any iffy content of note. That said, because it's primarily geared toward homeowners, it probably won't appeal to kids unless they're already interested in construction or learning more about living green.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byGreenDi April 9, 2008

A fun and creative way to learn the art of green

Although my little guys aren't too interested now...i'm sure they'll be when they get a bit older. I love the activity and dynamics of this show,... Continue reading

There aren't any reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.

What's the story?

RENOVATION NATION shows viewers how homes can be renovated to support a greener lifestyle. Handyman/This Old House host Steve Thomas offers affordable do-it-yourself tips on how to "greenovate" a home and live a more eco-friendly lifestyle. He also meets with eco-sensitive homeowners and builders who are making the choice to go green, spotlighting unique and creative homes, guest houses, and other structures to help inspire those who want to build a greener home.

Is it any good?

From building and using recycled furniture and fixtures to passive cooking, audiences are reminded that it doesn't always take a lot of money to meet green standards while upgrading a home. Thomas makes that point clear by consistently talking about energy-efficient materials and designs during the renovation process, pointing out how these choices lessen the burden on the earth's already shrinking reserve of natural resources. He also focuses on how aesthetically beautiful many eco-efficient spaces are -- a fact that's likely to make the choice to greenovate much more desirable to homeowners.

While Renovation Nation isn't particularly exciting, it offers viewers interested in renovating their homes a chance to see that they can do so without having a negative impact on the environment -- or their wallets. Best of all, it presents eco-friendly building as a truly viable option for anyone. Kids may not be particularly drawn to the series, but for those thinking about building green now or in the future, it's a great choice.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether there any projects or renovations they can tackle to make their home more eco-friendly. Families can also discuss the media's increasing focus on living a greener lifestyle. Do you think TV shows like this one will encourage people to make more earth-friendly changes in their lives? Can people really learn how to renovate their homes by watching shows like this one?

TV details

Our editors recommend

Themes & Topics

Browse titles with similar subject matter.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate

Streaming options powered by JustWatch

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

Our ratings are based on child development best practices. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. The star rating reflects overall quality.

Learn how we rate