Hello HGTV fans! Thank you for stopping by for another roundup of Season 5 of Good Bones. I’m Megan Fernandez, and I often write about homes for Indianapolis Monthly. My boneheads Kristin Sims and Josh Cox are also here with the design skills.
This episode, “Tad’s Tiny House,” is in Bates-Hendricks. Mina and Karen will build Tad’s first real place. He’s taken on more responsibility at Two Chicks and a Hammer, and it’s time to grow up in a loft over the garage of a Two Chicks renovation project. You want to add a second floor to the existing garage for one car. But because the foundation isn’t strong enough for that, they have to demolish the garage and start over. Just push the garage down because that’s what the demo meant – literally pushing the whole thing over and then happily jumping on top of the overturned roof.
Kristin: That crappy foundation is the best that can happen to this garage. It gave them the opportunity for a bigger footprint. I can’t imagine what the size would have been like if they kept the garage for one car.
Josh: Little did I know Tad was only 25 years old, although I’m not sure how old I thought he was.
Megan: Equal. Tad defies all kinds of conventional categorizations. He’s a special guy. My first thought on this episode was: Nobody’s putting Tad in a garage! His personality is too big.
Josh: In tiny houses, my elderly millennial is rolling violently and yelling, “Make up your mind, you damn kids! Commit to something. “
Megan: Mina and Cory wanted to have fun driving heavy machines.
Kristin: You have to get your State Fair Ride repair somewhere.
Megan: The cast also managed to watch TV decently by standing next to a muddy ditch and waiting for water to come out of a broken pipe. Think about it. We spent 20 seconds of our lives watching Mina, Cory, and Tad stand over the ditch with bated breath. Cory had chewed through a clay pipe digging a new footer – big oops – and they had to check if it was the sewer pipe or not. It was not.
Josh: I was excited.
Kristin: I could only imagine that the property wasn’t originally connected to the neighbor’s, and now they’re on Shit Creek.
Megan: MJ, Cory, and Austin went shopping at Chatham Home on Mass Ave to pick out things for Tad and it was so cute. MJ hands over a beautiful green armchair because he’s unsure “Tad can take responsibility for crushed velvet”.
Josh: Loved MJ, who called Austin and Cory “Tad’s best friends”.
Kristin: I loved the green velvet chair. I might have to take a trip downtown as it’s not with Tad. Cory’s love of wooden duck statues with work boots was adorable – and Austin, who called “duck boots,” was smart.
Megan: Back at the Tad Pad, they bring back artisans from Iron Timbers to build bookcases in the loft above the attic. Yes, this is a one bedroom loft apartment with a private loft accessed by a ladder.
Kristin: I loved the shelves! They really made the space unique – and the staging wasn’t over the top! The Iron Timber guys are great. Maybe that’s key to HGTV shows – Magnolia has the harp carpenter, and the Windy City rehab team has a great woodworker too. Good Bones has ironwood.
Megan: Tad loved the shelves too. He said, “You make me look smart!” He looked smart at the reveal, tidying up blue chinos, a flower button, and – a true sign of adulthood – a belt.
Josh: And his chic bun with some free flowing strands.
Megan: Karen thinks Tad will transform in this room.
Kristin: Or maybe the space transforms it.
Megan: Baby steps – they didn’t give him a box spring bed because he’s used to sleeping on the floor.
Kristin: I recently bought a bed frame. It’s surprising how many beds these days don’t have room for a box spring bed. Is that because everyone orders rolled-up mattresses from the Internet?
Megan: You are brilliant.
Kristin: I liked this episode. It was different from the last few weeks and it was a creative use of space and a smart plan. A great addition for future rentals or if they are selling the property.
Josh: This was a joyous episode. Much like Tad, everyone seemed delighted to be working towards a great result for him.
Megan: Tad for the president. Tad could heal the nation. Let’s see what happens next week so I can eat my words. PS: If you’re tired of me, Josh, and Kristin, check out our collaboration on our month’s cover story, Our Favorite Houses. Chez Josh is there!