Josh and Brooke’s Master bath makeover was far more work than what meets the eye on the show… one of the biggest elements that was not revealed was that the room the custom cabinet ended up in was originally a room for a bath, shower and toilet. This was all ripped out and the toilet was repositioned and the shower was moved into the main room with the double-sinks. Needless to say, the construction crew worked literally around the clock to the very last minutes to get this makeover completed. The ‘lighting’ reveal was also and adventure it was the end of the day, it was hot as hell, Alexi and I were at the end of our wits and the lights switches were NOT lined up with the actual light fixtures. We must have done that reveal six times. Thanks to good editing -it appeared to come off without a hitch. Matt Sprouse produced the episode and it was a ton of fun working with him. I hope the Trusley’s are enjoying their killer Master bath.
This past Saturday was Jill and Chris’s basement makeover. This was the very first episode that we shot (of 13). Here’s the backstory; 8 months ago HGTV hired me, over the phone after having seen me on a 3 minute pitch tape. No interview, no casting, no nothing. Next think I know I’m on a plane to Knoxville, TN to shoot the first episode of my first ever TV series. I’m meeting the producer and production company for the first time and an hour later their rolling tape on me. Holy shit! The Van Beke’s were the nicest people you could ever meet, and although it was the middle of February that we taped (and freezing cold) the experience was a ton of fun and really opened my eyes to how TV is actually ‘made’. I think that even though there were a lot of changes that happened after that episode (re; format, lighting, direction, etc.) to me, it was one of the strongest, most informative and best transformations (before and after) of the season.