The TV House

This is the one. This is the house I get to say "As Seen on HGTV & DIY Network"!! It was a long journey through months of phone calls and emails. And then one day we had the green light for a pilot. I was on the hunt for a property, all the while getting asked almost daily if I'd found a house yet. Once I'd found the perfect house in-need, it was go-time with 60 days to finish an ambitious project. So now, meet The TV House!

 
 

This is a mid-50's ranch house in south Scottsdale. It's in a great area. The schools are good. The parks are close. And Old Town Scottsdale, with plenty of restaurants and bars, is within walking distance. Can't compete with the location.

The house itself was a different story. The lot was challenging. When we showed up, there wasn't much curb appeal to speak of. This inside wasn't any better with no upkeep and an unpleasing cookie cutter layout of small rooms. The kitchen didn't flow. The master wasn't really a suite with the small en-suite bathroom. There was a lot of work to do. And not a lot of time to do it.

We made major updates inside and out. The first thing was opening EVERYTHING up. Small rooms turned into a modern open layout. The kitchen was completely reoriented to become a central fixture of the public living area. And we added on a true master suite by pushing the back of the house into the yard. We put together a spa-like bathroom for the master suite that will be a real retreat for the owners.

The updates didn't stop inside. We made big changes to the landscape as well. Up front, we re-architected the yard to add visual interest and get some of that curb appeal and used pavers for the driveway for an entrance befitting the new house. In the backyard, it was important to extend the covered patio and get a mix of grass and desert-native plants for a comfortable environment to sit and enjoy the fire pit.

We did a lot and I had an amazing team of local crafts-people surrounding me to make this happen. I am incredibly proud of how the team came together to make this project happen.

 

Desert Tudor

As you probably know, this is not my first project in the Coronado Historic Neighborhood of Central Phoenix. Just like the first one, I was excited about the opportunity to bring something back to life. With my favorite mix of modern and classic styles, the team of crafts people and designers was ready to bring 1925 up to 2017.

 
 

The first thing to know is that there was a whole lot of engineering that went into this project. We basically ended up building a house within a house. The original structure would not have been able to support the crazy ideas we had in mind.

So what kinds of crazy ideas, you ask? Opening up the floor plan was a given, it's how we live now. Not so obvious was tackling the attic space: pushing out the back of the roof and capturing a huge amount of livable space. And a normal set of stairs just wouldn't do. We created a custom metal staircase which is, I think, my most ambitious and memorable creation to date. New life was brought back into what was once an actual carriage house. Now it is better suited for the modern equivalent.

The juxtaposition of this historic (for Phoenix, anyway) home with the modernity we brought, was a perfect canvas for a mix of modern and classic styles. Black and white is a great way to highlight the old finishes like the arches in the downstairs bathroom & telephone nook, the fireplace and the window pattern. This allows a seamless incorporation of the modern kitchen, modern tile pattern throughout and the modern feel of the industrial metal finishes. This pairing continues upstairs where a loft feel is accomplished in the open space with the exposed beam & my barndoor, and then matched with the modern, elegant en suite master bathroom.

I couldn't be happier with the outcome or prouder of the team that came together to breathe life back into this gem. It is definitely one of my favorites, so far...

 

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Red Brick Coronado

I am, at heart, a fixer. Whether it be friends, cars, or especially houses, I want - and need - to breath new life into things. It's what I do. It's my compulsion. As I was scouting new projects, this neighborhood - the Coronado Historic Neighborhood - tugged on those heart strings. So the hunt began for the next project.

With this project, I really wanted to pay tribute to the historic context and detailing, while bringing modern sensibilities and conveniences to the new homeowners. Too often, homeowners are scared of older homes: bad wiring, old plumbing, tiny kitchens, and shower heads installed way too low. For this project, we fixed all that: historic charm, modern pleasures, no compromising.

 
 

For this project, we designed a unique tub and shower combination for the master bath, while bringing a distinct industrial chicness to the hall bath. The kitchen takes advantage of the newly open floor plan with a waterfall countertop, floating shelves and rope lighting fixtures you won't find down the street.

It is easy to pick a nice material for a countertop, but it takes attention to get the details right. The bathrooms both have floating cabinets for a modern feel. The custom barn door uses to chevron pattern that ties into the herringbone backsplash of the kitchen. We left the former exterior red bricks exposed in the dining room, including the little milk box.

The details don't stop outside either. Cafe lights, a built-in grill and bocce court means homeowners have incredible options for living indoors and outdoors.

This was an incredible project and I'm glad to turn it over to the homeowners. This neighborhood hasn't seen the last of me.

 

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Eat Well

Owner Jeff Hostenske started TEN to bring craft beers, custom cocktails, and Southern hospitality to the heart of the Phoenix business district. High ceilings, exposed ceiling joists and brick added to the loft feel that informed the New York industrial theme.

 
 

We put in commercial grade custom polished concrete countertops and steel accents throughout the restaurant. After completely gutting the old bathrooms we used subway tiles, damask wallpaper and custom light fixtures of gas pipes, old cages and Edison bulbs to continue the theme. Barnwood is one of my favorite materials which we were able to use for the kitchen doors.

Elegant & Simple in Scottsdale

I get as excited as the next guy about finding a house in need of some love, and drywall, and paint. The neighborhood is what got me though. I visited some friends who wouldn't stop about the friendly neighbors, close schools and ease of access to everything. I immediately started the hunt for my next flip. I'm honored to be able to add this refresh to a great neighborhood.

 
 

For this project, we completely gutted the interior. The house gains some square footage through the master suite addition and a more thoughtful (and up to code) renovation of the car port space.

Brady Bunch Flip

My partner and I were looking for a smaller project that needed some love. We found this nice townhouse in a central but quiet location. It was clear that with some love and attention we could get a modern, open space that any young couple, professional or empty-nesters would enjoy.

 
 

The biggest transformation was to the main living space. By opening all the walls and moving the kitchen space back, we were able to create more usable space and more flow in the common space. In addition, we updated the bathrooms to match.

My favorite part of this project was the custom island. I created the top to mimic a butcher block. Word to the wise, those things are heavy.

By the way, the name: Brady Bunch Flip, that's indicative of when the last finishes were put in this townhouse. Shag carpeting for days!

 

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