There are so many things I'm proud of from my newest show, Help! I Wrecked My House, that it's kinda hard to really narrow down just one favorite. Apart from actual rooms that we demo'd, fixed and...
Help! I Wrecked My House Season 1 Episode 5
Jeremy & Andrea
Jeremy is definitely what I’d consider to be a “very handy” homeowner – someone who could probably do more DIY home renovation stuff than average. He renovated their living room himself and he did a great job. And actually, upon walking into Jeremy and Andrea’s house, you’d probably think, “Wow! This home is beautiful and clean and…oh…my… WORD.” You know why? Jeremy tried to renovate the main bathroom himself, and when I first saw this home, that bathroom was a giant dirt pit. I’m not exaggerating in the slightest. What happened was, Jeremy ripped up the main bathroom and started moving the plumbing himself, and to contain the exposed part of the house from the main bedroom, he walled it off with a huge black tarp. He was trying to figure out how to plumb the bathroom to work as a wet room (spoiler alert: this is something the pros should do) and he got stuck. Next thing you know, this busy couple and their 6-year-old daughter Kate were living with a huge dirt pit in their home. But they had a pretty good excuse for the project taking forever: the couple had both just started new jobs (on opposite ends of the day) and they had another child on the way.
The one space in the home that’s supposed to be just for them wasn’t finished and wouldn’t be for a long time at this rate. Andrea is a nurse working the night shift, which she’ll be on for the next 5 years. When she’d come home from work in the morning and try to go to sleep after working all night, Jeremy would be hammering in the bathroom, the plastic tarp crinkling and crackling, and it was just a nightmare. Jeremy is an electrician who’d just started his own company and was working full-time days. This family was at their breaking point.
I needed to help Jeremy, Andrea and Kate fix their house so they could focus on their new jobs, their pregnancy, and one another in their precious spare time. We needed to take that dirt pit and turn it into a bathroom with a super cool wet room so Andrea could come home from her stressful night shifts and totally unwind. I also planned an update for the bedroom to give the homeowners more closet space while maintaining a clean and simple aesthetic. Most importantly, we needed to make sure this home was a safe and restful retreat for this family that’s always on the go and passing each other during the week.
Special Project | Plant Wall
Andrea is obsessed with plants (can you blame her?!) so ample lighting was a must in this bathroom, along with a cool way to display and propagate plants. We added a new window to the shower (more on that in a minute) to bring in lots of light for the plants. By installing some simple, sleek floating shelves the same color as the wall, the shelves sort of disappear and the plants take center stage. Using green tones and organic textures in the pots brings in that relaxing, zen vibe Andrea was hoping for with this bathroom.
Floor & Shower Tiles
Darker tiles in a herringbone pattern bring the organic spa feeling while the white subway tiles make the shower feel crisp and luxurious. The two contrast each other perfectly.
Adding custom touches like a plant wall and stacking reclaimed wood behind the vanity make the whole design feel holistic and warm. These are special things Andrea and Jeremy can look at every day when they get ready for the day or unwind from work.
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The Wet Room
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With everything going on in their busy lives, Jeremy and Andrea wanted their bedroom to feel very clean and simple – and I get that! Removing their heavy dresser, bed and nightstands and adding a sleeker bed and more modern nightstands helps the room breathe a bit more and feel more minimal. Plush, organic textiles add that restful component while warming up the room at the same time. This mix of rustic, minimal and modern gives them a room that feels fresh, restful, and like home.
Special Project | Secret Note Nook
Andrea works nights, so during the week she’s coming home from work in the morning while Jeremy is getting ready to leave for work and their daughter Kate is getting ready to leave for school. I knew I wanted to make their family feel more connected, even if they aren’t in the same room… or awake at the same time. So I came up with this idea for a secret note nook. It opens up on both sides of the wall so Kate can leave her mom notes while she sleeps and Andrea can leave them for Kate in return. Even my curmudgeonly carpenter Brian called it “totes adorbs” – ha! In all their busy days, to just stop for 30 seconds and write a little handwritten note would still make a big difference in staying connected. I still get choked up thinking about this sweet family and their note nook!