Sarah off the Grid
Sarah Richardson takes on her most ambitious project yet: building and designing an off-the-grid family home in the country.
Follow Sarah and her family – husband Alex and their two young daughters Fiona and Robin – as they build a family home in Creemore, Ontario meant to last for generations to come. Together, they marry off-the-grid living with Sarah’s signature style, resulting in a sustainable dream home filled with the greatest design hits from her 25-plus year career.
Offering an unvarnished look at Sarah’s life, the six-part series dives deep into the designer’s day-to-day as she juggles being a mother, a business owner, and now, the unique challenges of sharing the role of general contractor with her husband Alex on this latest build. Taking the lead on designing each room, Sarah enlists her co-conspirator and longtime collaborator, Tommy Smythe, for support as she takes on this year long project. Tommy, or as the kids call him “Uncle Tommy,” helps Sarah find design solutions that stand the test of time while staying true to her classic and casually elegant design esthetic. Mike Holmes, Mike Holmes Jr., and Colin Hunter also make guest appearances throughout the series providing Sarah and the family with much needed advice to finish their forever home.
Building a home off the main power grid which can service the needs of an entire family requires clever design decisions and innovative materials. With a bigger build, higher stakes and unprecedented access, this series allows viewers to discover a brand new side of Sarah Richardson.
20 – 26 Jan 2020: Episode 3
Sarah juggles the duties of general contractor, designer and mom as she tries to integrate her daughters’ ideas into the design of their bedrooms, even if she doesn’t always agree.