Season 2 of Detroit home improvement show ‘Bargain Block’ begins this week


Detroiters Keith Bynum and Evan Thomas are back – partners in home improvement and in life are the hard work and heart behind “Bargain Block”.

“It’s going to give us a lot of freedom to be really creative with the design,” Bynum said.

HGTV’s hit show features them transforming some of Detroit’s worst homes. The season two premiere is Wednesday night, but they’re also still filming.

“We’re still in the thick of season two so we’re celebrating, but we’re still very focused on the job of trying to get through the rest because we still have a bit of work to do before it’s completely gone. done.” Thomas said.

And that day, they’re shooting a reveal, and they’re not quite ready.

“Today is a lot of chaos. We’re hosting a house, we’ve got you here, so it’s fun. The phones are ringing,” Bynum said.

The chaos is real – Keith and Evan rehabilitate 16 homes over 10 episodes – with their loyal friend and real estate agent, Shea Whitfield, by their side. And she’s pregnant – her baby boy is due in eight weeks.

“But we’re still filming, so we’re pressed for time and I’m especially pressed for time — so it’s exciting and just a little nerve-racking — just a little bit but very exciting,” Whitfield said. .

And Whitfield says their jobs have gotten tougher. At first they could buy houses for $1,000 in Detroit – not anymore.

“Keith and Evan have inspired other people to renovate homes and get down and being able to sell them and getting down is not so easy anymore – homes are a lot more expensive than they used to be. were last season,” Whitfield said.

Which means their renovation budget has to be very strict – which is really difficult.

“We’ve also seen that renovation costs have doubled in the last two years, so prices are going up and renovation costs are going up, but the sale price isn’t really going up, so it’s getting trickier and trickier” , Thomas said.

Still, they say the second season is even better than the first. One of the things they say they’re really excited about this season is not just showcasing the homes they’re working on, but showcasing the city of Detroit.

“When everyone’s watching locally, you’re definitely going to see a lot more local Detroit stuff in there that maybe was missing from the first season, so we’ve got a lot more outings, it’s a lot more fun. It just shows how cool and awesome Detroit is,” Bynum said.

The place where these Colorado transplants now call home and where their little “Bargain Block” family is growing.

“We are designing Shea’s nanny. It will be very fun and very fabulous and perfectly suited for Shea,” Bynum said.

“I’m so excited – can you imagine having these guys as friends?” said Whitfield.

Season 2 premieres Wednesday at 9 p.m. on HGTV. You can also purchase their artwork and home furnishings at their Detroit store.


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