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Renovation Raiders Ambushes Homeowners

NEW YORK (For Immediate Release—May 14, 2013) Imagine leaving home for dinner and a movie only to return to an astonishing room makeover. In the new series Renovation Raiders, premiering Thursday, May 30, at 9 p.m. ET/PT, licensed contractor Amy Matthews, star of DIY Network’s Sweat Equity, and her construction crew raid homes while the homeowners are out for the evening and pull off major remodels in less than five hours. From lavish living rooms to gorgeous kitchens, the families are surprised when they come home to find their spaces transformed.

Renovation Raiders offers our audiences the renovation projects and room designs they love, but with a major twist: a total room renovation that’s completed in just a few brief hours,” said Kathleen Finch, general manager, HGTV and DIY Network. “Homeowners who’ve tried renovation projects know it is a little crazy to take on this type of “mission impossible” makeover, but Amy—and our viewers—love the thrill of the challenge.” 

In the premiere episode, Matthews and her crew transform an outdated kitchen and living area for Minneapolis couple, Ricardo and Jennifer. Before the raid, Amy gathers “intel” from the “accomplice” Ricardo, who’s in on the renovation plans.  To prepare for the makeover, the team conducts a dry run to anticipate any issues that could arise during the real renovation. As the couple leaves their home, Matthews and crew sweep in to execute the design plan.  To keep the makeover on track, the crew relies on Ricardo’s cousin, the “spy,” who can report the homeowners’ exact whereabouts to the ‘renovation raiders’ team – and must find creative ways to stall the couple.  Whether it’s hiding the homeowners’ keys or blocking their car by double parking, the spy must do whatever it takes to add time to the clock – so the team can complete the home remodel before the unsuspecting couple pulls in the driveway.

“During the makeover, my crew is moving mountains to install new walls, change the plumbing or add gas lines – all within a timeframe of five hours or less,” said host Amy Matthews.  “Viewers will feel the intensity of how we plan, rehearse and tackle a remodel in a way that's never been done before.”

America’s leading home and lifestyle brand, HGTV features a top-rated cable network that is distributed to more than 98 million U.S. households and the HGTV website,, the nation’s leading online home-and-garden destination that attracts an average of four million unique visitors per 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. 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 and Instagram. Headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn., HGTV is wholly owned by Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc. (SNI).


Lynne Davis


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