‘Sarah Off The Grid’ breaks ground on HGTV Canada this fall

Sarah Richardson with husband, Alex, and daughters Robin (left) and Fiona (centre).
Sarah Richardson with husband, Alex, and daughters Robin (left) and Fiona (centre). Corus

Sarah Richardson, one of Canada’s top designers, returns to HGTV Canada for her most ambitious project yet: building and designing an off-the-grid family home in the country.

The new show, Sarah Off The Grid, follows Sarah and her family – husband Alex and their two young daughters, Fiona and Robin – as they build a family home meant to last for generations in Creemore, Ont.

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.

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The six-part series dives deep into the designer’s day-to-day life as she juggles being a mother, a business owner and now, the unique challenges of sharing the role of general contractor with her husband on this latest build.

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She enlists her co-conspirator and long-time collaborator, Tommy Smythe, for support as she takes on this year-long project as they design each room.

Smythe helps Sarah find design solutions that stand the test of time while staying true to her classic and casually elegant design aesthetic.

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Fellow HGTV Canada stars Mike Holmes, Mike Holmes Jr. and Colin Hunter also make guest appearances throughout the series.

Building a home off the main power grid, which can service the needs of an entire family, requires clever design decisions and innovative materials.

Together, Sarah and Alex create the infrastructure to run the home, while leveraging unique sources of heat and lighting throughout, utilize a rebuilt heritage barn to house both the garage and the solar panels to generate electricity, and overcome the challenges of digging a well to pull enough water to serve the family’s needs.

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Sarah Off The Grid premieres Sunday, Sept. 10 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on HGTV Canada.

Exclusive bonus content including design tips from Sarah, sustainable living and lifestyle content, and extended reveals can be found at throughout the series run.