Woodworking Wonder Twins
HGTV loves Austin: Local twin brothers to appear on new reality show
HGTV's love affair with Austin rages on with local twin brothers set to appear on a new show. Craig and Brian Welborn, owners of Welborn Woodworks in Austin, will make their television debut on the new HGTV series, Flipping the Block. The first episode of the season premieres on Sunday, July 20 at 8 pm.
Flipping the Block is a renovation competition wherein four amateur teams will battle it out to completely rebuild homes from the ground up. Hosted by House Crashers star Josh Temple of the DIY Network, the eight-episode show will have each team move into an identical condominium in Glendale, California, complete demolition and make it over on a $40,000 budget.
Following renovation, each condo will head to the auction block and the winners of the show will be decided by which condo nabs the highest selling price. The winning team keeps the return on investment for the condominium plus a $50,000 cash prize.
Besides getting some potential cash flow, the Welborn brothers are sure to gain a few renovation pointers from mentors David Bromstad of Color Splash, Nicole Curtis of Rehab Addict and Scott McGillivray of Income Property. The regular television exposure should also help boost their woodworking business, which they have been operating in Austin since 2008.
In honor of the Sunday premiere, the duo will host a Flipping the Blockwatch party at the Lavaca Street Bar. Supporters are invited to come out and root on the rugby playing twins, both of whom graduated from Westlake High School.
The Welborns aren't the only locals currently appearing on HGTV. Along with the appearance of Austin realtor Thomas Brown on Brother vs. Brother, local mommy blogger Jen Hatmaker will appear on My Big Family Renovation. Set to premiere Thursday, August 7, the show will feature Hatmaker moving with her husband and five kids into a 105-year-old fixer upper in Austin that they will renovate over the course of the season. HGTV has also filmed multiple episodes of its hit series House Hunters in the Capital City.
At this rate, we expect every Austin resident to have their own home renovation show on cable by next year.