Magnolia Community has introduced that Andrew and Candis Meredith’s residence enchancment sequence “Residence Work” will return to air every week after the present was pulled.
Starting Thursday, Jan. 6, a number of householders whose renovations have been featured on “Residence Work” stated that that they had “nightmare” experiences with the Merediths, alleging questionable work, ballooning budgets and unprofessional conduct by the couple. After these claims have been shared on Instagram, Magnolia Community pulled the present pending a overview of the allegations.
In keeping with a press release supplied to TODAY, that overview discovered no “unwell or malicious intent” on the a part of the Merediths.
“Magnolia Community is devoted to sharing hopeful and real tales. In doing that, we attempt to fulfill folks with compassion, and to cautiously strategy troublesome moments with sincere understanding,” stated Allison Web page, the president of the community, in a press release.
“After talking with householders in addition to Candis and Andy Meredith relating to renovation tasks for Residence Work, and listening to a mixture of each constructive and damaging experiences, we don’t consider there was unwell or malicious intent.”
“Our dedication now could be to offer applicable resolutions for these whose expertise with Residence Work fell wanting our community’s requirements,” Web page continued. “Whereas Residence Work will return to Magnolia Community, we acknowledge the duty we have now to behave on how we are able to higher help not solely our expertise, however those that put their belief in them and this model.”
“Whereas we fully perceive the various frustrations that include any residence renovation mission and we’re not right here to dismiss the best way anybody is feeling, we’re devastated by the half truths and outright lies which are being unfold about us,” the couple wrote on Instagram.
The Merediths didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark in regards to the present’s return to Magnolia Community.
In a number of interviews with TODAY, Candis stated that any workmanship points have been on the a part of a normal contractor, who she declined to determine. Owners Aubry Bennion and Teisha and Jeff Hawley informed TODAY that they needed to pay different contractors to complete or restore their renovations after their experiences with the Merediths.
“Our settlement acknowledged that we have been consulting on the renovation, we weren’t performing the work,” Andrew stated in an interview with TODAY on Jan. 7. “We labored with contractors. We weren’t swinging hammers at their property … We employed a normal contractor, and he was in command of all hiring.”
Bennion and the Hawleys stated that it was troublesome to get a set finances or breakdown of prices, regardless of a number of requests, till late within the transform course of, resulting in strained relationships. The Hawleys stated they stop “Residence Work” after being informed the price of their transform would double and had the work completed by one other contractor, whereas Bennion stated she could not proceed to pay for the renovation after the worth elevated from $25,000 to $40,000 mid-project. The Merediths stated that they put their very own cash into every renovation, estimating that they spent about $10,000 on the Hawley mission and $32,000 on Bennion’s kitchen renovation.
Bennion additionally stated that the Merediths didn’t pay a flooring contractor, which Candis confirmed. Bennion stated that she paid the corporate herself.
One other couple whose residence was alleged to be featured on “Residence Work,” Robert and Vienna Goates, stated that they put down a $50,000 down cost on a renovation that by no means started, and are nonetheless ready for almost all of the cash to be returned. The Merediths confirmed the scenario, and stated that they’re working to make funds to the Goates and have assumed the debt after the overall contractor they employed for the mission stated he couldn’t return the funds for the mission.
TODAY reviewed a judgement signed by Candis that confirmed that as of Sept. 30, 2021, the Merediths owed the Goates household $39,537.94.
“We now have been actively making an attempt to pay and we’ve paid every part that we are able to each time we are able to,” Candis informed TODAY.
The Merediths additionally informed TODAY that of 10 renovations for “Residence Work,” six went nicely and solely 4, together with the Hawley, Bennion and Goates renovations, had issues. One house owner got here to the hosts protection final week with an Instagram put up about her expertise with the couple.
“Lots of you realize that I needed to wait longer than I might have favored for my studying cottage to get completed, however in the end I like what they did and would have performed it over again,” wrote @hotcocoareads, recognized on Instagram as Jeana. “I don’t assume their intentions have been to harm or steal from anybody, however they merely couldn’t tackle all of the tasks they have been making an attempt to.”
Candis acknowledged to TODAY that she and her husband “made a variety of errors” and needed to make issues proper. Andy added that the couple don’t do personal shopper tasks exterior of “Residence Work” and “haven’t regarded for brand new purchasers in over two and a half years.”
“We don’t need to do that ever once more,” Candis informed TODAY. “We by no means meant to harm anyone.”