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New HGTV spinoff ‘Curb Appeal: The Block’ shot in Atlanta, debuts January 1

John Gidding

Atlanta gets a new TV show and it should make the city look better — one block at a time.

HGTV has spun off “Curb Appeal” by expanding it to an entire city block. Well, not exactly. But rather than just improve the “curb appeal” of one home’s front yard, the show will work on multiple homes in the same vicinity.

The debut 13 episodes were all shot in the metro area. Each episode takes about two weeks to tape, said host John Gidding, who has also participated in the show “Designed to Sell.”

The focal point is one home that is deemed an “eyesore.” The typical suspects: an unkempt, weed-filled yard, ugly porch fixtures, peeling paint. Often, neighbors nominate said home. The guilty party, once confronted, is usually okay with the idea of a free renovation and is well aware of the “eyesore” problem, Gidding said. Usually, the family has neglected their front yard area due to lack of funds or a focus on other priorities.

The show will spend up to $20,000, most on the eyesore but a few bucks for other homes, too.

One interesting offshoot: when they start fixing up the homes, other neighbors start fixing up their homes, too. Neighbors realize a beautiful block helps the property values for everyone.

In the first episode, the team arrives at the home of Larry and Hillary Tate, a newlywed couple in Buckhead whose driveway and front yard sustained major damage from a wayward car. In addition to mending the broken fences and pouring a new driveway, John creates a new design plan for the outdoor area that includes new landscaping and an alteration to the exterior to help it fit with the neighborhood.

Host Gidding, a 32-year-old Yale and Harvard grad, is a landscape architect who moved to Atlanta from New York City for the show. His company Gidding Design Inc. is in the Fourth Ward at 669 Auburn Ave. You can reach him there at 404-228-7007. Here’s a stock quote from the press release:

“John shows us that there are a variety of large and small outdoor projects that can dramatically improve the look of a home’s exterior,” said Freddy James, senior vice president, program development and production, HGTV. “Viewers will find tremendous value in John’s ideas for updating façades and creating cohesive landscapes that will boost the beauty and increase property value of any home on the block.”

HGTV already has used Atlanta before as home for Vern Yip’s now cancelled show “Deserving Design.”

“Curb Appeal: The Block” debuts on New Year’s Day at 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. It will air regularly on Saturdays at 9:30 p.m. starting January 2.

The show is seeking more homes for the next season:

You can email Giddings’ producer at with the following info:

1) Photo of the outside of home from street/curb
2) Photo of just the house (close up, medium shot)
3) photo of homeowners showing personality
4) name of homeowners
5) cell phone numbers
6) neighborhood & city you live in; including address (metro Atlanta area)
7) why your home is the eye sore of the block. They are looking for homes and great stories. They want to know why and how they became the eyesore on the block.
8- please submit 2 or 3 neighbors you think that would also benefit from a “mini” makeover.

43 comments Add your comment


December 29th, 2009
9:38 pm

How did the show find enough white actors in Atlanta to star in the show.

Are you kidding?

December 29th, 2009
10:28 pm

Have you been to buckhead, alpharetta, or sandy springs lately? Pretty pasty and pathetically white up here. Would be nice to see more diversity and multiculturalism in North Fulton…


December 29th, 2009
11:14 pm

I live in North Fulton, and I’m black. I can promise you I’m one of the few here, so yes, there are majority white areas in Atlanta just as there are majority black areas in Atlanta. Just a really divided city.


December 29th, 2009
11:39 pm

nemo, blacks only make up 57% of the population in the city limits of Atlanta. While not all of the other 43% are white, the vast majority are. Plus the show is covering the metro area, not just the city, so I’m sure it will be diverse, which will include many of the easy to find white people.

This is Mrs. Norman Maine

December 29th, 2009
11:40 pm

I’m surprised that they are giving John Gidding his show since the Atlanta episodes of “Designed to Sell” were the weakest of the franchise IMO. That wasn’t totally his fault of course, but I won’t let him off the hook. “Curb Appeal” was its best when Rick Spence hosted but I guess his return is a pipe dream. If JG can bring a little more personality to the show it might work as I like the concept.


December 30th, 2009
1:52 am

Metro Atlanta has many areas of majorities and minorities but until all neighborhoods , Black or White take an interest or responsibility for their surroundings, quality of living , schools and resale values we will still be a city divided.

really folks

December 30th, 2009
2:50 am

I’m always amazed how a story about Atlanta immediately becomes a race story. Get over it, y’all — we’re coming up on 2010, not 1950.


December 30th, 2009
3:47 am

Given that it’s HGTV, I’m pretty sure that about 55 percent of the shows will be about GWM couples.


December 30th, 2009
5:35 am

agree totally with u Jimbo!!

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Tara Dillard

December 30th, 2009
8:04 am

Atlanta needs a landscape architect from New York to design landscapes? There are qualified landscape architects & landscape designers already in Atlanta.

Giving people with messy landscapes a free landscape? How long before the free landscape is weedy & unkempt again? Having a weedy, unkempt landscape is a choice.

Atlanta is more than African American and white. At least my sweet neighborhood is, Stone Mountain, Ga. Hope the show depicts Atlanta’s rich diversity.

Perhaps the show will consider manicured homes needing a makeover instead of the unkempt. Money/time/effort is more likely to be maintained. It’s a sustainable choice.

Garden & Be Well, XO Tara Dillard

Chick in NJ

January 1st, 2010
2:19 pm

How can someone who is getting a FREE makeover act likc such a snot? I would NOT be asking to make so many changes and appreciate what they are giving her. Hillary, get a clue and show some appreciation!


January 1st, 2010
2:47 pm

I’m from Philly where there are plenty of neighborhoods thay could stand some help.
Take it on the road.


January 1st, 2010
3:15 pm

Such a great show……the designer is so talented!!!!!!Please come to the State of Texas!!! We would love to have yall!!!!

Mary C

January 2nd, 2010
1:38 am

Can anyone tell me the name of the painting company that was hired for this series?


January 2nd, 2010
9:55 pm

I have to totally agree with Mrs. Norman and Tara!

WHY IN THE WORLD would they choose JOHN GIDDING?????

Like Tara says, We need a guy from New York to come and “fix” Atlanta yards??? What about all the landscape architects (very talented) in Atlanta who need work, and who are not pretentious like he??

Also, he has always “boasted” about being an architect…never mentioned being a “landscape architect” … Are you sure that’s what he is??

There are a lot of problems with this:

1) Designed to Sell, Atlanta, like was stated above – was the worst. Nobody liked John Gidding.

2) Why couldn’t we employ Atlanta landscape architects??

3) John Gidding’s shows, 1010 Peachtree, and another, were canceled bc he wasn’t very popular and bc of the economy….So we need to bring him in, when there are so many Atlanta talents??

4) He was popular with a FEW during the “good” days of the economy. He is VERY into wearing only the finest clothes, driving only the finest cars, eating at only the finest restaurants, and all….Couldn’t they find someone who is budget-minded for this? I don’t like seeing “designers” wearing $400 clothes, then “pretending” to care about budgets on camera. In this economy, there are many talents who really do know the value of a dollar, and really do appreciate people on tight budgets. To go and get someone who blows money left and right to lead a show in this economy is insulting. There were many others who could have been given this job.

N Christ 4 life!

January 2nd, 2010
10:22 pm

I saw the show which aired on 1/2/10 @ 6:30 pm PST (HGTV – Curb appeal). What was the area this program filmed? Is it considered diverse? I only saw whites in the picture. Does anyone know of an area with similar styled homes and approximately similar age of homes in a more diverse neighborhood in or around Atlanta? A older neighborhood with style, culture and history? I’m planning to retire soon from California and move to Atlanta. Thanks

Diana T.

January 2nd, 2010
11:14 pm

I thought the team did a great job on the Tate’s home. But what the hell was wrong with that woman?!! I’m sure the team couldn’t wait to get outta there.

Shar Cipriano

January 3rd, 2010
4:29 am

Wow! First, I live in Oregon & as I read these comments I now know I need to get out & explore our Country!!! LOL Serious though! It’s not funny as I read ‘em, I can’t believe all of the discussion about the division of “black” & “white”-I believe what you are saying…but that is so sad-no it’s actually sick! So, if your black, or white & don’t like the division come on over here to Oregon-our Country has come much too far to keep this up! (Obviously needs to come much farther)

Now, as far as the show-I just watched the first two episodes today (for some reason the “Tate’s” did not air here)…but the two I watched were great…and the only thing that tick’s me off is that it’s only done in Atlanta! I wish they’d travel to other states. So whoever the producer is I hope you read this because it’s alot more interesting when you travel to different states. In fact that’s how I came across this site as I was hoping to submit a request-and our home & our situation come’s with a very interesting story attached. Other than that-GREAT SHOW!


January 3rd, 2010
4:32 pm

That area is called Buckhead – wealthiest & whitest in the city. No diversity, even politically – almost all Republican. No fun! I like a nice mixture.

What a ripoff of a show!! Horrible!

They go into the richest area of town, find a guy with tons of money who makes horrible choices and creates his own financial problems, and then HGTV rushes in to “help” him and “save” him?

Here, in 2009/2010, I don’t want to watch a guy whose house is valued at close to a million get “saved!” And I also agree that JOhn Gidding is a horrible choice for a “saving” show – he’s a spender, not a saver.

Why couldn’t they go into an area of town where people, in this economy, are hit hard and are taking things day by day?

Why go save a rich guy who has no business sense and makes stupid decision after stupid decision and digs a hole for himself?

I like the carpenter guy okay. He seems sincere. He seems more of a ’saver’ and less of a ’spender’ probably, outside of the show. This is the wrong host in the wrong neighborhood.

Why does HGTV think that in 2010, we want to sit around and watch a Buckhead guy get helped??? Anybody?

The Facts

January 5th, 2010
3:28 pm

Here are the facts:
1) Diversity: The cast and host are multi- ethnic. The homeowners are also cast and selected based on diversity. If you watch ALL 13 episodes you will find a wide range of homes and homeowners with different backgrounds and ethnicities (a cross section of Atlanta).
2) John Gidding’s Experience and Bio (Architect/Landscape/Designer)
3) Curb Appeal; The Block only hires local Atlanta landscapers, contractors, painters and craftspeople who get featured in the show regularly. John Gidding resides in Atlanta for the past 3 years and runs his design firm out of The Old Fourth Ward neighborhood in Atlanta.


January 6th, 2010
8:25 am

Hello Curb Appearl Crew, I love, love,and love your show. I watch it all the time. I am a home owner and I would love for my out door space to be as beautiful as some of the ones on the show. I wish you all would come my way but no superstars like you would never ever come to a tiny town like Shelby, Mississippi. Anyways like I said I love you guys keep up the great work and you will be on for a long time. if you are ever in my area please stop in and stay a while I have plenty for you to do. My yard need H E L P!!!!!!! Love You guys, Mrs.Hattie George coming to you from neverland the heart of the Mississippi Delta.


January 9th, 2010
9:58 pm

why is there always some dork that has to make EVERYTHING into a race thing?! did you ever consider that maybe the show is simply trying to do something nice for people? have you seen all 13 episodes?? have you considered the people being employed for the show?? are you truly so negative & unhappy that you have to bring other people down??

Hi George

January 16th, 2010
12:26 pm

loved the show, its great I am just like the person from Missippi
I wish you could come to Hermitage Tn, a community outside of Nashville
Tn ( The home of Andrew Jacskon)It takes one neighborhood at a time.
What you are doing is great,forget all the nay sayers.Keep up the good work. If you plan to be in Nashville Tn. Please come and help our neighborhood. We need your help.



January 19th, 2010
10:54 pm

I think this show is wonderful! There are a few neighborhoods in our city (Wichita) with some really cute
little houses & they have just gone to ruins. Every time I get near one of them, I always think, if someone went in there and painted every house, replanted the grass, trimmed or cut down shrubs & trees, eliminated worn out fences & poured new driveways – they would have a gold mine! Cute little houses with tons of character – taking something neglected and giving it some dignity – and then people would want to live in this little neighborhood. I don’t know if people just get really discouraged or what – sometimes the city even provides free paint – but people let things go – until a whole area is a disgrace.
I know sometimes people get so discouraged and have problems and can’t help the fact that they can’t keep their homes up – but for those who can – shame on them! The world would be a nicer place if people would do what they could. I love the idea of the show & am really enjoying it. I really like the show – wish it would catch on and people would have block party fix ups on their own – in their own neighborhoods……wishful thinking I know

He is in love and needs to calm down!

January 21st, 2010
2:22 pm

Gosh, Just the Facts, calm down — your crush on JG is taking up all your time, man. I guess you work for him and this show, as you saw all 13 episodes before they were on. John Gidding isn’t well-liked, so your own love for him can make up all that! Anyhow, I once heard him talking about how he wanted to be seen more as a ‘New Yorker’ than as an ‘Atlantan.’ I guess that changes when your show and money are suddenly in Atlanta. And of course a tv company uses workers who live in Atlanta when they’re filming in Atlanta…it’s caused saving $, duh.

Yankee Transplant

January 24th, 2010
1:47 am

1) I agree about the race thing. People in the south make a HUGE deal about it. Why can’t we see Americans as Americans and not as anything else?? It IS the 21st century.
2) I did not like John on Designed to Sell. I thought he was the worst of the designers. Very little originality. Seemed like a lot of purchasing ability not a lot of design ability.
3) I’m sure that HGTV probably has a clause in their contracts to negotiate a place for someone within the company if the first show doesn’t work out. Also, people in general tend to work with familiarity. Just knowing him from a business point of view probably gave him a leg up into the position. And I don’t fault him or HGTV for that. That’s just human nature. But if he did have the lowest rating for a host, then someone should have used their business sense and overrode their emotions.
4) I agree that the show should travel . . . within reason. I live in Montgomery which is only about 2 hrs from Atlanta. Isn’t Decatur about 45 minutes out of the city? (Maybe I’m wrong. Don’t shoot me, I haven’t looked at a map, I’m just guessing.) If they can shoot an hour out, why not 2 or 3 hours away. I comprehend that to keep the budget low, you need to keep travel expenses to a minimum, but it’s not like they should do shows in Hawaii or Alaska or California. If they could represent the southeast region of the country, that would be wonderful. I too would LOVE and NEED to have someone come out to my home. I have a VERY interesting story as to why I need help. It’s not always about being lazy or not wanting to maintain a nice yard. There can be lots of mitigating circumstances as to why there is a problem.
* just bought the house and inherited the problem.
* a serious illness in the family. May have been chronic, or maybe newly diagnosed problem and CANNOT physically maintain. Plus, being disabled puts a strain on the budget. It often takes a year or more to be approved for disability pay. And often takes many appeals to obtain it. In the mean time, someone is very poor and needs help.
* maybe it’s a military spouse whose active-duty spouse has been deployed for a year. And the spouse at home has to handle everything now.
* could be an elderly person living on a fixed income and can’t keep up with it. Neighbors could lend a hand and do the neighborly thing instead of judging the person.

If a producer does actually read this, please consider coming to Montgomery. I desperately need your help. Seriously.

Drew/BRistol, Va.

January 28th, 2010
7:26 pm

Curb Appeal-
Great show!Can a person from Va. beon the show or is it strictly Atlanta only? My yard is a mess we need help!

Kathy Bonner

January 30th, 2010
5:51 pm

Have been a fan of the show and HGTV for a very long time! If you decide to take the show on the road it would be awesome to have you come to our neighborhood. It is a close knit small neighborhood. My closet neighbors and myself have lived in our homes for about 30 years. We are all growing old together. It is harder and harder to keep up and monderize the homes *yards..they are tired like us)because of ages and circumstances. Some are widows, divorced or like myself a cancer survivor and my husband presently has lung cancer but doing well fighting the fight. He just has very little energy. We want to continue living where we are. If we had a fresh boost we could keep up with the new organized design. Come here and find out there is more to Orlando than Disney. Good caring middle class people trying their best.
Thank you

Mikel M

January 31st, 2010
9:22 am

The show is great for ideas. So they look for home that they can make a difference on by using thier skills. They don’t take in account the diversity of the nieghborhood. Is that wrong or do only minorities deserve the free stuff? I live in a neighborhood with a cross section of America, All Skin tones, nationalities and back grounds. I am just north west of Orlando. And to borrow Kathy’s words “Orlando is more then Disney” Take it on the road we are only 6 hours away from Atlanta!!!

Angela B

January 31st, 2010
5:48 pm

I just moved from Georgia to Colorado Springs with my military spouse. Wish this show would travel. The is our 8th move in 15 years and our final move. Just bought a house in a transitioning neighborhood that needs a miracle in the front and backyard. Love the concept and bring older neighborhoods a breath of fresh air, but do wonder if people keep it up and appreciate all the work the team puts into the design and everything.

Julie Runco

January 31st, 2010
6:00 pm

Well damn .. so you guys would never consider Oregon ?? I live in Cottage Grove in the Historical section and the homes around me are so sweet and nice and mine is well brown and yellow with no appeal what so ever.. your show would have fun with the homes around here great architecture and history and the lovely people here in Cottage Grove are a real bunch of friendly neighbors who in these tough times, could use some
help improving there homes too. I would not be able to help physically to much I have ten vertebra fussed but can keep everyone laughing and great pointer !! One can only hope you expand your show to other States where a big chunk of your audience over here and we are always tuning in.. Thanks


February 7th, 2010
9:07 am

Just wondering why you couldn’t come to TN..only 3 hrs from atlanta.and my house is in great need of a curb appeal,husband disabled and too much for me too do..i need help just ask my neighbors…


February 8th, 2010
4:51 pm

EXCUSE YOU ALL, but Mrs. Tate is my math teacher, and she is the best teacher ever! It’s her house, and she is just trying to make it look the way she wants!!!

Lacy Smith

February 10th, 2010
8:59 am

John is a talented and likeable guy. The transformation of the Tate’s house was truly amazing. I look forward to future episodes with more ideas I can use around my own home. And, if anyone wants to come and drop 20 grand into my landscape, they can do whatever the heck they want!

j richmond

February 14th, 2010
9:07 am

i would honestly like to know how to get a curb appeal done to my home: can’t locate a way of doing it. any help would be appreciated . thank u

j richmond

February 14th, 2010
9:11 am

i would appreciate any help that i can get…i am a single mother of on a limited income..payday to payday..don’t have any extra…have a dream of what i want my house to look like..but not the funds..any assistance would truly appreciated.thank u


February 23rd, 2010
1:28 am

Just caught the episode of the Tate’s yard makeover and am absolutely disgusted by the behavior of Hillary Tate. This woman is annoying, bothersome, ungrateful and just a pest. They are receiving the opportunity of a lifetime, a $20,000 gift, and she just doesn’t know when to step back and accept it. There are so many families out there that would die to have this done for them. I can’t stand listening to her voice one second more. John and his team are amazing. It’s a shame someone like this is a recipient of this gift. No wonder her husband is away so much!!!


February 23rd, 2010
3:16 pm

To Ms. Tara Dillard. Unkept landscaping is not a choice. When you have 19 month old twins, you work, your husband works, and your money has to go towards milk, babysitters, bills, and everything else to keep life going, your yard may have to be put one the back burner. until you hve more time and money. How dare you imply that people would rather have a messy yard, rather than a nice one. Tell you what, write me out a check to get my front steps fixed and the overgrown bramble transformed into a nice terraced front yard. Yeah, I thought so.

Ana Segarra

February 28th, 2010
9:29 am

Love the show! It is so nice to see shows from HGTV go to other places besides California. We would love to know more about the places in Atlanta you get some of your materials from, especially salvage materials (doors, woods, etc). Atlanta is a diverse area, we love it and love our neighborhood in Gainesville, northeast Atanta. John Gidding is great and the crew is awesome & talented! We live in historical downtown Gainesville and we would love to see Curb Appeal in our neightborhood.

stephanie spivey

March 13th, 2010
1:14 pm

Hello , so excited to have you here in ATLANTA,GA. I would be so honored to meet you and your crew.I am outgoing and loving person. I have always tried to make my neighborhood a safe , pretty place to live in. About a year ago I was at death’s door, I wasn’t gonna make it BUT MY PRAYER WARRIERS saved me. I would love to improve my home so we can all celebrate life and have a BLOCK PARTY. Looking forward to meeting you, thanks for your time, STEPHANIE S.

pam hughes

March 14th, 2010
8:17 am

i wish the alanta team of john gidding would come to dalton ga an do my house this would be the best thing ever happen this would be big news to dalton . nothening happens around here its always in atlanta or chattanga an we are in the middle of them.i would love a makeover it needs it i dont have a picture yet but i will send one.

Linda Hubbard

March 14th, 2010
2:39 pm

Have only seen a couple shows so far – they are really really excellent because:
they make such an important point about one or two families making a difference –
1. both to the pockets of AND to the feelings that people have about the NEIGHBORHOOD they live in.
2. it shows what an amazing difference we can make with two ends of a budget allowance – and I’ve LOVED some of the smaller budget redo’s.
What a wonderful way to ‘pass it on’ – PLEASE EXPAND TO OTHER AREA’S OF THE COUNTRY!!!(like mine! – West Sayville, Long Island, NY)