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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.

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