Designer Candis Meredith, left; homeowner Aubry Bennion, center; and Andy Meredith are pictured on Bennion’s porch at her Bountiful home in this undated photo during her renovation in which she contracted the Merediths to oversee the work. (Aubry Bennion)
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BOUNTIFUL — When Aubry Bennion’s kitchen renovation process began in October 2019, she had high hopes. It was the last big project in her Bountiful home, which she purchased a year earlier.
Bennion was told the renovation, which would be captured on film for a television show, would last a few weeks and cost around $20,000.
However, she said those hopes soon gave way to stress, anxiety and higher costs.
Bennion is one of a handful of Utah residents speaking out on social media and sharing how Candis and Andy Meredith, a Utah couple behind the television show “Home Work,” left them hanging. The show was set to debut as part of the new Magnolia Network, the brainchild of “Fixer Upper” stars Chip and Joanna Gaines, which officially launched on Wednesday.
Magnolia Network president Allison Page announced on Friday that the network was removing the show from the their lineup.
“Magnolia Network is aware that certain homeowners have expressed concerns about renovation projects undertaken by Candis and Andy Meredith,” Page said. “Within the last day, we have learned additional information about the scope of these issues, and we have decided to remove ‘Home Work’ from the Magnolia Network lineup pending a review of the claims that have been made.”
The show never aired on Magnolia Network, according to the company’s TV schedule, though, it appears episodes were available to stream through the Discovery+ service. As of Friday, a web page with information on the show had been removed from Magnolia Network’s website. Prior to its removal, 13 episodes of the TV show were available for streaming.
Despite the Magnolia Network’s attempts to scrub their pages of the show, a post on Instagram featuring the Merediths was still active as of Friday. The post — which features the Merediths in the Sanpete County home they renovated as part of the show — has numerous comments from people who support Bennion and others who have also told their home renovation stories on social media.
How it began
Bennion had known the Merediths for a few years after meeting them at a DIY Network launch party, and the three stayed in contact over the years After Bennion bought her Bountiful home, she told KSL.com the idea of the three collaborating on a project was a no-brainer, especially with the prospect of the television series.
Bountiful resident Aubry Bennion explains the potential changes to her kitchen in a 2019 video sent to Candis and Andy Meredith prior to their renovation. (Photo: Aubry Bennion)
When they met to discuss the project, Bennion said she worried that a full kitchen renovation would cost around $50,000 — a price tag she could not afford. However, she said she was reassured it would cost much less.
“Candis said, ‘Oh gosh, we can do it for 20 (thousand),'” Bennion told KSL.com. “In my wildest dream …….