The Queer Eye reboot on Netflix is about making people over - inside and out - and one aspect of these transformations is the home renovation. The best Queer Eye home makeovers manage to capture the unique spirit of each episode's homeowner, while making the space both functional and visually stunning. In some cases, it's a tall order, but the show's resident interior designer Bobby Berk makes it all look remarkably easy.
Homes aren't the only properties receiving facelifts in this trending incarnation of Queer Eye. Berk remodeled other spaces for the show's subjects - known as "heroes" - as well. For instance, one episode featured a church community center makeover, and another included the redecoration of a fire station. There is no space Berk can't transform into something attractive, comfortable, and livable.
Queer Eye doesn't shy away from tackling tough social issues like racism, police brutality, LGBTQ+ conversations, and difficult family dynamics. But alongside those important discussions, Bobby's greatest home makeovers add an aesthetically pleasing element to people's lives. Vote up the stunning home transformations you can't even believe, hunny!
Season 1, episode 2 finds the Fab Five dealing with Neal, a bearded, mountain-man-like techie who lives with his best friend, a dog named Forever. As dogs tend to do, Forever has shed all over Neal's apartment, which isn't exactly Buckingham Palace. There are sectional sofas, broken window blinds (thanks, Forever!), a tragic little outdoor area, and a shower Jonathan likens to "a skin tag."
Bobby sweeps in and works his magic, then voila! Neal has a home again. It's transformed into a modern showplace with sleek lines and contemporary finishes. The shower is clean, and the deck becomes a place where people would want to sit.
Season 1, episode 3 is all about Cory, a cop in Georgia with a penchant for NASCAR and costumes. His home is a mishmash, to put it mildly. The upper level is only in minor disarray - cheap decor and junk fill in spaces better kept open and minimized - but the basement is where the problems lie. The clutter reaches to the rafters, and the walls have a rubber lining.
In the end, Bobby pulls out his magic wand and creates an overall living space with more continuity and flow, while also maintaining the basement as Cory's "man cave."
'Hose Before Bros'
The Season 1 finale tackles the case of Jeremy, a firefighter in Georgia whose goals for starring in the show are genuinely selfless. He wants the makeover not for his home, but for the fire station where he and his colleagues can make the best use of it. He also wants a style makeover not to look better or snag a date, but to be more presentable for an upcoming fundraiser for the station.
Bobby must turn a fire station into a place exuding the feel of a second home, and he succeeds marvelously; the kitchen alone is astounding. A sleek, masculine space with multiple refrigerators and microwaves, as well as a massive new oven and cooktop, means the firefighters now have plenty of room to prepare healthy meals, no matter what shift they're working.
'You Can't Fix Ugly'
The inaugural episode of the new Queer Eye tells the story of Tom, a lovable man living in a severely unlovable home. He basically lives in the basement of a larger house and watches TV from a recliner outside the house. The reason? So he can smoke cigarettes and drink "redneck margaritas" while he relaxes.
By the time Bobby completes the renovation, Tom has what feels like an entirely new living space. Even better: there's no more smoking recliner in the backyard. In fact, the entire outdoor area converts from a sad smoker's corner into an attractive spot for entertaining, complete with a table and chairs, as well as a groomed patio.