HGTV's Good Bones just finished its third season, following mother-daughter duo Karen E. Laine and Mina Starsiak Hawk as they renovate homes in Indianapolis, Indiana.
With a fourth season on the way, the network shares that the ladies rehabbed their first home in 2007, forming home renovation business Two Chicks and Hammer.
By the time they had starting filming the pilot for their show, the pair had renovated around 20 homes in Fountain Square, a suburb downtown Indianapolis. Their experience is clearly visible on the show, with the pair's design skills and their family connection combining to create a new hit for the network.
Read on for five things you may now have known about the dynamic duo.
The women explained their complicated family tree in this behind-the-scenes video, but the basic breakdown is as follows: Starsiak Hawk's dad, Casey, and Laine had three children together before divorcing. Laine then married Randy, and the two had daughter Kelsy. Meanwhile, Casey married a woman named Cheryl and the couple welcomed two children, Jess and Tad.
Cheryl passed away and Tad had a falling-out with Casey, and Tad now works on Starsiak and Laine's job sites. Before Casey, Cheryl was married to a man named Lenny, and the two divorced before she married Casey. Casey and Cheryl divorced, and Cheryl remarried Lenny before her death. After she passed away, Lenny married a woman named Ginger and he now works as Good Bones’ general contractor.
Along with being mother and daughter, the pair also live next to each other, Starsiak Hawk told the Indy Star.
"We live next door to each other," she said. "We're mom and daughter and friends, as well."
Their tight bond also enables them to withstand any conflicts that come with filming the show.
"That’s the value of being mother and daughter — she’s not going to lose me," Laine said. "I’m always going to love her and think she’s awesome and have her back. I know that’s our default position. It's not like two business partners who can just go their separate ways."
The ladies are focused on improving their neighborhood and helping it reach its full potential. By renovating abandoned homes that others may not have given a second chance, Laine and Starsiak Hawk are helping to breathe new life into their community. The duo also makes sure to respect the homes architectural history, preserving the properties' integrity and retaining their character.
"We don’t flip houses — that’s not what we do," Laine told the Indy Star. "We truly are rehabbing neighborhoods. If we were flipping, we wouldn’t strip down to studs, install new electrical, new HVAC, new plumbing or whatever else needs to be done. This is rehab. These houses need a good 12-step program."
Starsiak Hawk and Laine learned everything they know about renovation on their own, reading, watching YouTube videos and reading directions.
"That’s key — it's amazing what you can learn when you read the directions," Laine told the Indy Star. "It's the 21st century, all of the information is out there, the question is do you have the skills sets and are you willing to take the time to put the effort in? We prove ourselves by passing city inspections, having our houses up to code. Those are our bona fides, if you will."
Prior to starting Two Chicks and Hammer, Laine was an attorney, People shares, but closed her practice to focus on the renovation business.
While Laine had always thought the duo would make for great television — Starsiak Hawk told PopSugar her mom had written a letter to the network years before — the ladies initially thought the network's interest was a joke.
"She kept calling my cellphone, and I thought it was someone messing with me first and trying to get our business information," Starsiak Hawk said. "But then I heard it was [a casting agent] . . . and we started a conversation about whether it was something we'd be interested in. We were like, 'Sound's like a party. Let's do it!' "
Once they got the green light for a test episode, the women filmed it with a flip-cam and the rest was history.0comments
"They edited it beautifully and put it to music and sent it to HGTV," Starsiak Hawk explained. "[HGTV] picked us up for a pilot and that aired in May of last year."
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