Better Homes and Island Living (also known as Build a Better Bathroom) is a recurring challenge of Survivor.


Prior to the challenge, each tribe receives a box containing supplies from Home Depot. Using the supplies provided, each tribe has 24 hours to build a home or a bathroom at their camp. Once the 24 hours are up, a judge will come to each camp and rate the homes or bathrooms on size, strength, and creativity. The tribe with the highest score from the judge would win.


In Survivor: All-Stars, Chapera elected Rob M. as their leader as he had experience with construction. Meanwhile, at Saboga, Rupert took the leadership role and came up with the idea of a log cabin. However, things got tense as Jerri disagreed with his design. Mogo Mogo decided to build a treehouse. Colby and Lex worked on Mogo Mogo's home, while Jenna M. and Shii Ann suggested creative touches. However, Colby and Lex weren't interested in the women's ideas, causing a rift between the men and women of the tribe. The next day, Jeff Probst showed up at each camp with Rob, a licensed contractor, to judge the homes. The judge inspected all three homes and decided that Chapera's home was the winner, with Mogo Mogo's being second.

In Survivor: Palau, the tribes were instructed to elect a leader to build a bathroom. Koror chose Ian to be the leader of the project, and Ulong chose steelworker James. When both projects were judged by Probst and Survivor Production Designer Jesse, it was Koror who won a deluxe shelter.


Episode Challenge Type Winners
"Shark Attack"
Tribal Reward S8 alicia tS8 amber tS8 robc t
S8 robm tS8 susan tS8 tom t
S8 colby tS8 jennam tS8 kathy t
S8 lex tS8 richard tS8 shiiann t
Mogo Mogo
"Sumo at Sea"
Tribal Reward S10 caryn tS10 coby tS10 gregg t
S10 ian tS10 janu tS10 jenn t
S10 katie tS10 tom tS10 willard t



  • This challenge has only been used for tribal reward.
  • This is the second recurring challenge that uses an outside party. The first was SOS Signal.
  • All winning tribes had one female castaway that quit.
  • Both times the challenge was used, the highest placing tribe had the finalists and the fifth placer.
  • The tribes that lost this challenge would later be dissolved.


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