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Title: Back to the Blueprint Network: History Channel
Year: 2005 Host: Martin Dunham
Summary: "Back to the Blueprint" looks at a variety of American dwellings and examines the history of the home from foundation to front door. 
Web Links: Back to the Blueprint

Title: Backyard Blitz Network: Nine Network (Australia)
Year: 2002 Host:       Jamie Durie.
Jodie Rigby, Nigel Buck, Scott Cam (Rosie the Dog - the site manager)
Summary: "Backyard Blitz" perform backyard makeovers and  transform an ordinary suburban garden into a wonderland in just 2 days. 
Web Links: Backyard Blitz

Title: Backyard Brigade Network: Discovery Channel
Year: 2003 Host: Billy Derian
Summary: "Backyard Brigade" is a yard improvement show that  selects a lucky viewer's dream backyard project and storms the homeowner's yard - armed with an arsenal of John Deere equipment and plenty of expertise - to grant that person their wish (like a new gazebo, fire pit or patio).
Web Links: Backyard Brigade

Title: Backyard Pleasures Network: Home & Garden Television (HGTV)
Year: N/A Host: Deborah Boland
Summary: "Backyard Pleasures" features three entertaining and inspiring segments including: practical step-by-step instructions for exciting backyard projects, a tour of some of Canada's most unique and beautiful backyards and a quick and easy gardening tip.
Web Links: Backyard Pleasures; Visit their website

Title: Bare Walls Network: Do It Yourself (DIY)
Year: N/A Host: Nancy Golden
Summary: "Bare Walls"  joins designer Nancy Golden and her team of experts as they transform bare walls into the beautiful walls. Nancy will offer great tips on everything from color selection and furniture placement to those perfect final touches. She will be joined by a variety of guests who will demonstrate innovative ways to decorate even the smallest of spaces. The show will cover the most common rooms of a house with helpful suggestions on maximizing your budget.
Web Links: Bare Walls

Title: Be Your Own Contractor Network: Do It Yourself (DIY)
Year: N/A Host: Brad Staggs
Summary: "Be Your Own Contractor" shows you how to successfully build a home. You'll learn from homeowners that did it themselves and their experiences: what they did right and wrong; how they dealt with subcontractors; what part of the process they are most proud of and what they would do differently. You'll learn about materials and techniques from pouring the foundation to completing the landscaping and the business side of financing and scheduling.
Web Links: Be Your Own Contractor

Title: Be Your Own Contractor: Vacation
Network: Do It Yourself (DIY)
Year: N/A Host: N/A
Summary: "Be Your Own Contractor: Vacation Homes" presents the stories of those who have built vacation homes on an island in the Pacific Northwest -- in the Montana back country -- and in many other tranquil, scenic locations. Viewers will learn about each unique building experience -- what was done right, what was done wrong, and what they'd do differently. Experts also offer tips and advice for those just starting to plan their own vacation home.
Web Links: Be Your Own Contractor: Vacation Homes

Title: Bed & Bath Design Network: Home & Garden Television (HGTV)
Year: N/A Host: Joan Kohn
Summary: "Bed & Bath Design" focuses on bedroom and bathroom design. Each episode features tours of new and remodeled bedrooms and bathrooms, interviews with top designers, visits to bath product manufacturers' showrooms, style and design information from experts, and trends in products and materials.
Web Links: Bed & Bath Design

Title: Before & After Network: Home & Garden Television (HGTV)
Year: N/A Host: Pat Simpson
Summary: "Before & After" profiles major home remodeling projects.  Past projects include turning a cramped 1950s concrete block home into a spacious New England summer home; adding a second story to a suburban ranch home from the '70s; and adding a wraparound deck to a '60s split-level. Before & After is all about turning eyesores into eye-openers.
Web Links: Before & After

Title: Best Built Home Network: Do It Yourself (DIY)
Year: N/A Host: Lynda Lyday
Summary: "Best Built Home" asks homeowners what values they want in a new home. The show visits home construction sites around the country to learn specific building practices and construction techniques that maximize the five performance qualities -- comfort, health, safety, durability and efficiency -- that make up a Best Built Home. Working with home builders and contractors certified by Ibacos in utilizing these best-building practices, homeowners nail down the construction qualities that make their new home everything they desire.
Web Links:  Best Built Homes

Title: The Better Home Show Network: ABC
Year: 1951-52 Host: Norman Brokenshire
Summary: "The Better Home" features Norman Brokenshire, an ex-radio announcer who handles home renovation and repair issues.
Web Links: N/A

Title: The Block Network: Home & Garden Television (HGTV)
Year: 2004 Host: N/A
Summary: "The Block" features four couples who each move into an apartment in a four-plex block where the units are in a similar state of disrepair. With limited time and dollars, the couples must fix-up the apartment before putting it on the market. The couples keep any profit from the auction, with an extra cash bonus going to the couple whose apartment sells for the most.  The Block is one of the most popular lifestyle programs in Australia.
Web Links: The Block: For more info Visit Their Website

Title: Blueprint for Home Building Network: Do It Yourself (DIY)
Year: 2003 Host: Jeff Wilson
Summary: "Blueprint for Home Building" provides everything you want and need to know about building a home: types of foundations, roofing options, wood or metal studding, plumbing, wiring, flooring, windows, doors and special features and much more. With Blueprint for Home Building, you have the blueprint to successful home building!
Web Links: Blueprint for Building

Title: Broken House Chronicles Network: Discovery Channel
Year: 2002 Hosts: George and Leigh.
Summary: "Broken House Chronicles" is a weekly half-hour series that chronicles the adventures of first-time homeowner, George, and his roommate and co-host, Leigh. Each episode the do-it-yourself duo tackles a home improvement project with enthusiasm, attitude and humor.
Web Links: Broken House Chronicles

Title: Bugs: The Secret World Of
Network: Home & Garden Television (HGTV)
Year: N/A Host: Martin Galloway
Summary: "Bugs" takes you deep inside a world of mystery and seductive beauty: your yard! This half-hour nature documentary series shows the intimate relationship between flowering plants and wildlife in the yard, including the process of pollination and the work of such insects as the butterfly, ladybug, bumblebee and beetle.
Web Links: Bugs: The Secret World of Gardens

Title: Bugs and Blooms Network: Home & Garden Television (HGTV)
Year: N/A Hosts: Donna Balzer, Todd Reichardt
Summary: "Bugs and Blooms" is a smart, fast-paced show that explores the issues unique to the urban garden. The hosts of the series take viewers through the challenges and pleasures of urban gardening. From potted plants and window boxes to just a small patch of turf, the show motivates you to make the most of what you've got.
Web Links: Bugs & Blooms

Title: Building America's Home Network: Discovery Channel
Year: 2005 Host: N/A
Summary: "Building America's Home" is a 10-part, reality series that chronicles the design-an-build process of a new state-of-the-art home that, upon completion, will be presented to one very lucky family.
Web Links: Building America's Home

Title: Building Characters Network: Home & Garden Television (HGTV)
Year: N/A Host: Bryan Ashby, Troy Norton.
Summary: "Building Characters" explores how spaces that were originally commercial structures (an old Texas jail to a long forgotten firehouse) have been transformed into one-of-a-kind private homes. Hear the dramatic stories behind each structure, and see how extensive remodeling has created truly unique residences for unconventional homeowners.
Web Links: Building Character

Title: Burke's Backyard Network: Nine Network (Australia)
Year: 1987-2004 Host: Dan Burke
Summary: "Burke's Backyard" is a popular life style series covering environmental issues, gardening tips,  pet care and visits to celebrity homes.
Web Links: Visit his Website

Title: Buy Me Network: Home & Garden Television (HGTV)
Year: N/A Host: N/A
Summary: "Buy Me" follows the real-life drama of real estate. Each episode chronicles the history of a different home, from former owners and renovations to the real estate agents and parade of prospective buyers.
Web Links: Buy Me

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