5 Things to Know About HGTV’s ‘Good Bones’ Mother-Daughter Duo


HGTV’s Good Bones simply completed its third season, following mother-daughter duo Karen E. Laine and Mina Starsiak Hawk as they renovate properties in Indianapolis, Indiana.

(Photo: Two Chicks and a Hammer)

With a fourth season on the way in which, the community shares that the women rehabbed their first dwelling in 2007, forming dwelling renovation enterprise Two Chicks and Hammer.

By the time that they had beginning filming the pilot for his or her present, the pair had renovated round 20 properties in Fountain Square, a suburb downtown Indianapolis. Their expertise is clearly seen on the present, with the pair’s design expertise and their household connection combining to create a brand new hit for the community.

Read on for 5 issues you might now have identified concerning the dynamic duo.

Slide 1 of 5Their household connection

The girls defined their sophisticated household tree on this behind-the-scenes video, however the fundamental breakdown is as follows: Starsiak Hawk’s dad, Casey, and Laine had three youngsters collectively earlier than divorcing. Laine then married Randy, and the 2 had daughter Kelsy. Meanwhile, Casey married a lady named Cheryl and the couple welcomed two youngsters, Jess and Tad.

Cheryl handed away and Tad had a falling-out with Casey, and Tad now works on Starsiak and Laine’s job websites. Before Casey, Cheryl was married to a person named Lenny, and the 2 divorced earlier than she married Casey. Casey and Cheryl divorced, and Cheryl remarried Lenny earlier than her demise. After she handed away, Lenny married a lady named Ginger and he now works as Good Bones’ basic contractor. 

Slide 2 of 5They’re next-door neighbors

Along with being mom and daughter, the pair additionally dwell subsequent to one another, Starsiak Hawk advised the Indy Star.

“We dwell subsequent door to one another,” she mentioned. “We’re mother and daughter and associates, as nicely.”

Their tight bond additionally permits them to resist any conflicts that include filming the present.

“That’s the worth of being mom and daughter — she’s not going to lose me,” Laine mentioned. “I’m all the time going to like her and suppose she’s superior and have her again. I do know that’s our default place. It’s not like two enterprise companions who can simply go their separate methods.”

Slide 3 of 5They’re lifting the group

The girls are centered on enhancing their neighborhood and serving to it attain its full potential. By renovating deserted properties that others might not have given a second likelihood, Laine and Starsiak Hawk are serving to to breathe new life into their group. The duo additionally makes positive to respect the properties architectural historical past, preserving the properties’ integrity and retaining their character.

“We don’t flip homes — that’s not what we do,” Laine advised the Indy Star. “We really are rehabbing neighborhoods. If we have been flipping, we wouldn’t strip right down to studs, set up new electrical, new HVAC, new plumbing or no matter else must be achieved. This is rehab. These homes want an excellent 12-step program.”

Slide 4 of 5They’re self taught

Starsiak Hawk and Laine discovered all the pieces they learn about renovation on their very own, studying, watching YouTube movies and studying instructions.

“That’s key — it is wonderful what you possibly can be taught if you learn the instructions,” Laine advised the Indy Star. “It’s the 21st century, all the data is on the market, the query is do you could have the abilities units and are you prepared to take the time to place the hassle in? We show ourselves by passing metropolis inspections, having our homes as much as code. Those are our bona fides, if you’ll.”

Prior to beginning Two Chicks and Hammer, Laine was an legal professional, People shares, however closed her observe to deal with the renovation enterprise.

Slide 5 of 5They thought their HGTV name was a joke

While Laine had all the time thought the duo would make for excellent tv — Starsiak Hawk advised PopSugar her mother had written a letter to the community years earlier than — the women initially thought the community’s curiosity was a joke.

“She stored calling my cellphone, and I assumed it was somebody messing with me first and making an attempt to get our enterprise data,” Starsiak Hawk mentioned. “But then I heard it was [a casting agent] . . . and we began a dialog about whether or not it was one thing we might be inquisitive about. We have been like, ‘Sound’s like a celebration. Let’s do it!’ “

Once they acquired the inexperienced mild for a check episode, the ladies filmed it with a flip-cam and the remaining was historical past.

“They edited it superbly and put it to music and despatched it to HGTV,” Starsiak Hawk defined. “[HGTV] picked us up for a pilot and that aired in May of final yr.” 

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