The Vanilla Ice Project: The Green Mansion Miracle, Pt. 1 - Great Room & Master Bedroom

Vanilla Ice and his crew take on one of their biggest challenges yet — transforming a neglected Palm Beach mansion into a waterfront gem with a million dollar view. It's all about water, fire and Ice, and the project gets underway with two of the home's most critical spaces: the great room and master suite.

Photo By: Tony Flora /AP Images

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Photo By: Tony Flora /AP Images

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Photo By: Tony Flora /AP Images

Photo By: Tony Flora /AP Images

Photo By: Tony Flora /AP Images

Photo By: Tony Flora /AP Images

Photo By: Tony Flora /AP Images

Photo By: Tony Flora /AP Images

Photo By: Tony Flora /AP Images

Photo By: Tony Flora /AP Images

Photo By: Tony Flora /AP Images

Photo By: Tony Flora /AP Images

Photo By: Tony Flora /AP Images

Photo By: Tony Flora /AP Images

Photo By: Tony Flora /AP Images

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From Zero to Hero in Palm Beach

Vanilla Ice (aka Rob VanWinkle) checks out the indoor/outdoor pool in the newly transformed great room, part of his latest luxury renovation in Palm Beach, Florida. The home features a beautiful waterfront view but, prior the renovation, was dated and in rough shape. Highlights in this newly reconfigured space include stunning Turkish marble floors, a custom fireplace and a unique ceiling application.

BEFORE: The Green Monster

Vanilla Ice and his number one ninja, Wes, searched Palm Beach and considered four neglected mansions before landing on this one. "I'm looking for those kind of unique properties and deals [where] I can get in there and polish 'em up," says Rob. "We call it a diamond in the rough." The home came with five bedrooms, four baths, 3056 square feet and is located on a lakefront lot.

BEFORE: The Green Monster

In its current state, Rob referred to the project house as The Green Toad. The entire exterior – including the paver driveway – had been painted green, the roof was discolored and the landscaping had grown shaggy. "This disaster is on prime waterfront real estate," said Rob. "It may not look like much now but, in the end, we'll take advantage of the killer views and transform it into a jaw-dropping estate fit for a prince."

BEFORE: The Not-So-Great Room

The project begins with the room you see when you first enter the house. Before the renovation, the front foyer opened onto this standard, no-frills living room with dated tile floor and a tray ceiling that was in need of some help. Rob felt that the space could be better served by expanding it, taking out walls to incorporate part of an adjacent patio to create a truly impressive new space.

AFTER: Floor-to-Ceiling Transformation

In the newly revamped and enlarged space, the old windows are replaced with impact sliding doors that take full advantage of the lake view. For TV viewing or privacy, the black-out curtains can be closed by the touch of a button. The old tile floors are replaced with Turkish marble and the tray ceiling gets a stamped metal insert and new LED lighting.

The Great Room, BEFORE

The Great Room: AFTER

With the space now incorporating what was previously patio, the room is now nearly double its original size. 

The Million Dollar View

To take full advantage of the home's most valued feature – the killer view – a key design theme was "bringing the outside in." Literally. The new infinity pool actually extends into the living room to further the notion of blurring boundaries between indoors and out. 

Great Room, BEFORE

The living space was broken up by too many walls and columns that were merely decorative add-ons.

Great Room, AFTER

The living area gets a thorogh makeover with marble floors, area rug and modern furnishings. The foyer gets dressed up as well with new arched doors and contemporary LED lighting.

Great Room, BEFORE

Great Room, AFTER

Not Your Standard Living Room Accessory

The statement piece in the new great room is a ceiling application in the form of two massive live-edge redwood slabs suspended above the main seating area.

And Not Available in Your Average Lumber Aisle

The redwood slabs were imported from the west coast and came from trees that may be more than 2000 years old. The massive cross-sections are suspended in the tray ceiling, given a dark finish and backlit to give them a purple glow. The state-of-the-art modern fireplace is accented with a floating wood shelf with glow-in-the-dark grain accents.

Great First Impressions

In the newly configured space, the home's prime selling feature – the amazing view – is in evidence via the expanded great room as soon as visitors enter through the front door. 

Great First Impressions

"Now that we've taken out the walls." says Rob, "all we see is that wide-open, unobstructed, beautiful view."

Great Room, Detail

Another highlight in the great room is the custom wood stair with high gloss finish and in an updated art deco style.

Bringing the Bling

Rob shows off the room's signature feature — the massive live-edge redwood slabs with custom backlighting. "You've got focal points everywhere you look," says Rob of the newly renovated space. "Most people don't look up because they have no reason to look up. Now you have a reason." The two wood pieces were raised into the ceiling alcove by pulleys and secured with wires for precise positioning. 

Hall Bathroom, BEFORE

This first-floor bathroom was nominally functional but strictly no-frills.

Hall Bathroom, AFTER

The small bathroom gets a luxury update with new fixtures, silver metallic wall treatment, marble shower surround and new vanity with vessel sink.

Master Bedroom, BEFORE: "No pow. No wow."

A master suite is a huge selling point," says Rob, "and this one is plain Jane. It's small, it's ugly, and how about these baby blue walls? ...When we're done, this will be no regular suite. It's gonna be a master retreat."

AFTER: Suite Dreams

An exterior wall was removed to expand the length master bedroom by an extra ten feet. New appointments like the modern fireplace, wood floors and onyx wall feature help give the room a luxurious air.

BEFORE: Small and Confining

AFTER: Epic Expansion

The extension of the master suite adds about 850 square feet and essentially doubles the room's space. The dated tile floors have been replaced by pickled hardwood and the walls painted in neutral brown. 

Master Bedroom, AFTER

Floor-to-ceiling glass sliding doors and a wraparound corner window help create a panoramic waterfront view.

Master Bedroom, BEFORE

Master Bedroom, AFTER

New ten-foot doors were added to create a dramatic entrance to the master suite while modern features like a TV that can be retracted into the ceiling provide the kind of stylistic details that will appeal to potential buyers.

Wood, Fire, Stone

The wall-mounted fireplace is embellished above and below with an onyx stone panel and custom wood feature created from natural log sections.

Water, Water Everywhere

Like the great room, the master suite opens onto the newly refurbished pool and patio, and contiguous sliding doors offer an amazing view of the lake.

Master Bedroom, Detail

Floor-to-ceiling blackout curtains offer privacy and relief when it's time to escape the sun.

Master Bedroom, AFTER

The master suite renovation was challenging and the total cost, including the expansion, was $65,000. But the investment and extra work will pay off in the end since the bonus square footage adds value and substantial visual appeal.

More Ice, Please

If you enjoyed this gallery, be sure to check out this one featuring another of Rob's high-end luxury renos: Vanilla Ice's Lantana Beachfront Makeover.