The 1 Thing That Annoys Fans About ‘Good Bones’ on HGTV

For as much as everyone claims to love the renovation show Good Bones on HGTV, there are a few aspects that drive them crazy. Just like with other popular network shows including Fixer Upper, Property Brothers, and Love It or List It, there are certain elements of the show that are frustrating and unrealistic.

But that doesn’t mean they plan to stop watching. Ever since Fixer Upper ended in 2018, fans have been eagerly waiting to see which show would become the new favorite on the beloved home and garden television network. Will it be Good Bones? Only if the hosts stop doing this one thing.

Mina Starsiak and Karen E. Laine
Mina Starsiak and Karen E. Laine | Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Cost Plus World Market

‘Good Bones’ transforms diamonds in the rough into sparkling gems

Like so many other shows on HGTV and DIY network, the series Good Bones highlights a team of renovators intent on turning run-down properties into dream homes. In this case, the show follows mother and daughter team Karen E. Laine and Mina Starsiak as they renovate houses in the Indianapolis metro area.

The unique spin on the typical renovation show is that Laine brings financial knowledge to the partnership thanks to her law background. Meanwhile, Starsiak is a real estate agent. Together, they created the company Two Chicks and a Hammer before landing a show on HGTV.

Mina Starsiak and Karen Laine swear they’re not home flippers

Home flipping has become a popular way to make money, but according to the Good Bones hosts, that’s not why they’re in the business. Instead, they’re intent on improving local neighborhoods for future homeowners.

“We truly are rehabbing neighborhoods,” Laine told Indy Star in an interview. “If we were flipping, we wouldn’t strip down to studs, install new electrical, new HVAC, new plumbing or whatever else needs to be done. This is rehab. These houses need a good 12-step program.”

Fans can’t stand this one thing the ‘Good Bones’ hosts always do

Reactions to the show have been mostly positive. But there is one thing that viewers hate seeing repeatedly, and apparently, it’s an issue on other HGTV shows as well.

“My complaint is always the layout,” one Reddit user lamented. “They are so focused on having a master downstairs and a big kitchen that they end up with teeny tiny living rooms. Doesn’t make sense in some of those small houses.”

Another agreed, saying, “Yes! The living rooms are barely sitting rooms. Not everyone wants to sacrifice sitting on a nice deep comfy sofa every day for space for 5 people to sit at a counter, a few days a year.”

Oversized islands are a constant issue on HGTV shows

The fans complain that this problem crops up frequently on other shows, too. “Everyone on all HGTV shows seems obsessed with capacity to seat groups at an island, which is just sitting at a counter,” the Redditor wrote. “I do not understand the appeal.”

No show will ever please everyone and in the hierarchy of HGTV shows, Good Bones is one of the easiest to watch. If the hosts would just add a little square footage to the living rooms and stop making kitchen islands the size of actual islands, this show could be almost perfect.