Kim Wolfe chats about new season of HGTV series based in San Antonio

Kim Wolfe chats about new season of HGTV series based in San Antonio
Former CBS Survivor winner Kim Wolfe will rescue San Antonio-area homeowners suffering from major buyer's remorse in eight new episodes of HGTV's Why the Heck Did I Buy The House?

Former CBS Survivor winner Kim Wolfe will rescue San Antonio-area homeowners suffering from major buyer’s remorse in eight new episodes of HGTV’s Why the Heck Did I Buy The House?

Samantha Biemer

After a successful first season, former CBS Survivor Kim Wolfe is ready to help homeowners in her hometown, transforming the spaces they used to hate into something they love. Wolfe, a self-taught designer and renovator in San Antonio, returns this month with Season 2 of her HGTV show, Why the Heck Did I Buy This House?

The home renovation series follows Wolfe and her team as they guide homeowners through buyer’s remorse by overhauling their eye sores and nightmares at their residences. The first season, which filmed seven home renovations in San Antonio, attracted 15.4 million viewers. 

Wolfe features eight homes for the second season, giving MySA a scoop on what to expect before the premiere on December 26. She also teases another HGTV inaugural show she’ll be a part of called, Battle on the Mountain

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HGTV's Why the Heck Did I Buy The House? had a successful first season, attracting 15.4 million viewers.  

HGTV’s Why the Heck Did I Buy The House? had a successful first season, attracting 15.4 million viewers.  

Samantha Biemer

How is Season 2 different than the first?

You know, I think season two is night and day. I think in season one we had no idea what we were getting into. We just jumped into the deep end and pulled it off. I feel like in season two we had a team, we had a plan, we had processes in place, and we really went bigger actually on a lot of these projects. 

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Personally, as a designer, I just really embraced the high-impact, dramatic changes to the homes. I felt like in season one I was a bit nervous about adjusting things that I felt made people uncomfortable, color-wise and floor-plan-wise. What I learned in season one was that 99 percent of the time those ended up being the homeowner’s favorite things about the transformation. So, I just was so much more willing to push people knowing that it would pay off, and I think it really did. The designs are kind of the next level.

Can you tease any of the remodels?

We got to do a couple of historic houses downtown, which was new. We didn’t have that in season one. We did one in King William and one in Southtown. Really beautiful, old historic homes that have 12-foot ceilings. We did a big lake house out at Lake McQueeney. We did a really big rancher model over in Castle Hills that had just this massive plumbing nightmare that was unlike anything I’ve ever run into.

We tried to go big and be brave and lead people into dramatic transformation in their homes. A lot more wallpapers, a lot more color, you’re not going to see as much white drywall this season.

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Why is it important to highlight San Antonio?

I feel honored to get to do it. I’m just grateful I get to do something I love. This show highlights some of the people that I’m already working with. There are so many great contractors, subcontractors, artists, and vendors. Our city is so incredibly down-to-earth and hard-working. For me, it’s fun to shine some light and draw a little bit of attention to some of the fabulous things that people here are already doing.

What is Battle on the Mountain?

Battle on the Mountain is a spin-off of Battle on the Beach. You take three flipper teams that renovate three cabins – that are in bad shape – in Breckenridge, Colorado. Each team gets a mentor and I mentor one of the teams. I was there to encourage them, make suggestions, and try to help them with the design of the remodel as best as I can. Then the winning team who increases their home’s value the most gets $50,000.

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It paired home renovation and competition, which are my two favorite things – like competing in Survivor and then renovating like on Why the Heck Did I Buy This House? It was the first time I had been on a show where both things were happening at the same time. It was really fun and energizing for me. I loved it.

How to watch?

Season 2 of Why the Heck Did I Buy This House? airs on December 26 a 8 p.m. on HGTV. Battle on the Mountain premieres on January 22, 2024, at 8 p.m. on HGTV. You can also stream both shows the same day and time on Max. 

Wolfe also recently renovated a retro auto body shop at 4230 McCullough Ave. Olmos Park, TX 78212. She said the home decor store is now open to the public. 

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You can follow Wolfe on Instagram for more announcements on the shows and store.