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Run My Makeover on HGTV -Stirewalt’s Massive Basement

The Stirewalt makeover was an adventure. As we shot the first 12 hours of footage and the producer was about to call wrap when it was discovered that all of that footage had been LOST. Yes, lost. Needless to say, we ate some dinner and started reshooting, (ugh), which as you can imagine was tricky being that it is hard to go back and “re-shoot” the building, painting and laying floor when it has already been done!
I hope that the Stirewalt’s are enjoying their space because the final product ended up being completely different to the rest of their upstairs home. Their house had vaulted ceilings and exposed wooden beams whereas the basement resulted in a very contemporary and eclectic style. It definitely was a huge transformation but not necessarily what I would consider the Stirewalt’s aesthetic.
All in all, it’s hard to go wrong when you start with a blank canvas of sheetrock walls and end up with a completely furnished basement. It was also interesting to see the final episode with the ‘beauty shots’ because when we shot the final reveal the featured pool table had not arrived! Editing saves the day again.

Run My Makeover on HGTV -Ellis “Beautiful Baker’s Kitchen”

Cincinnati again for the Ellis’s Kitchen. They were so much fun to work with, they had great energy and excitement and were so appreciative of us being there, and lets be frank if any space needed a make over it was their kitchen. I think their relic appliances are now in a museum somewhere :)
Alexi was her usual smooth self but this was definitely the episode I started to feel more at ease and comfortable on camera. Jay Baker rocks!(episode Producer).

Run My Makeover on HGTV -Cudzilo Master Suite

The Cudzilo’s master suite should have been called master sauna it was hotter than hell in their attic master bedroom. If you didn’t know already, when a scene in a show is being taped everything needs to be quiet. That means construction crew, airplanes, the neighbors dog, etc, oh, and AIR CONDITIONERS. You know -the things that make life comfortable when your laying a floor for example. Regarding the infamous area rug I have to go with the Cudzilo’s on this one and not America, it was not good! However, if I could say one thing it is that that bathroom with the large tile was absolutely spectacular as was the reconfiguration of the whole bedroom space. BUT, honestly the best thing about their makeover was their delicious baby girl -she was and is soooo cute. Jay Baker (episode producer) you rule!

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