Orlando Soria’s New HGTV Series "Build Me Up" Is Like "Queer Eye" Meets "Fixer Upper"

Kelly Corbett

From House Beautiful

You may remember designer Orlando Soria from HGTV's Unspouse My House, where he helped clients redesign their homes after enduring painful breakups. This week he returned to the network with a brand new feel-good series that gives us major Queer Eye meets Fixer Upper vibes. Enter: Build Me Up!

In HGTV's newest series, Soria helps homeowners transition through major life changes by giving them a fresh start—entirely through their home's design. Much like in Unspouse My House, Soria uses his design chops to help clients "change their lives for the better." But unlike his past series, which was limited to clients going through breakups, Soria's new show caters to individuals and families undergoing a variety of life changes.

On Build Me Up's premiere episode, Soria meets Sarah, a single mom of three with a lot on her plate. By day she's a nursing student and by night, she's a waitress. While Sarah is recently divorced, Soria's goal isn't to help the busy mother oust every memory of her ex from the home. Instead, he wants to create a space to help Sarah flourish and live a better life.

Working with Sarah's budget, Soria makes some smart and meaningful improvements to the property. He gives the home's exterior a facelift, as well as making some stylish upgrades in the living room, dining room, and family room. Most of his energy goes into Sarah's bedroom, giving it a fabulous makeover, because, as Soria noted during his initial walk-through, "This room does not deserve you." He also transformed an old hallway into an expansive workspace so the former crafter, who specialized in decorating antlers with yarn, could get back in touch with her creative side. (Psst psst... it worked and you can check out Sarah's work here).

Not going to lie, you might want to keep some tissues nearby. You can catch a peek of Sarah's makeover below. Build Me Up airs every Wednesday night on HGTV at 9 p.m. ET/PT. You can also watch it online here.

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