This family room addition is stuck in the '50s. Vinyl floor, wood paneling and an outdated fireplace add to the overall retro feel. Chicago homeowners spend most of their time in this room and would like to see it transformed into an updated space that's respectful to the rest of the home's classic 1940s bungalow architecture. A dated stone fireplace is replaced with brick veneer, an acoustic ceiling is removed and a built-in banquette adds a craftsman-style dining area. Finally, a window & full light door are added along with new lighting to make room brighter.
A young family with a badly remodeled kitchen find it transformed back to the '40s style of the house and into a kitchen of their dreams. Their outdated laminate cabinets and counters get replaced with white and glass cabinets, and the cramped kitchen becomes a multi-functional space, complete with all new appliances, cabinets and tile floor, an eat-in kitchen counter, corner nook for the kids and a built-in desk. This plain old kitchen is transformed by a retro remodel with a modern twist.
An old bland kitchen is transformed into a vibrant space reflecting the homeowner's Mexican heritage. Linoleum flooring is replaced with Saltillo tiles; wood-paneled walls are covered with colorful stucco; outdated cabinetry is swapped with rustic knotty alder and topped with sleek countertops, and a worn kitchen table is exchanged for a handcrafted metal one. To top off the new appliances, a range hood is covered with rustic wood.
These homeowners loved their big open floor plan until they tried to make the rooms work. The large empty space is transformed into a proper entryway, dining room and living room area, each with its own identity. Wall-to-wall carpet is replaced with polished dyed concrete; the dining room is raised and steps are built to create an elegant eat-in area; and a ventless fireplace is added to the living room along with a custom-made water feature. Shoji screen doors are built and hung on a rail system to differentiate the spaces.
A boring loft crammed with kids' toys, home office equipment and a dated couch gets a total revamp in this crash! Josh Temple takes an ordinary room to the next level with bamboo and tile flooring, bamboo wall treatments, a swanky fire feature and elegant frosted glass top bar.
A young couple has one big problem between their living room and dining room: a gigantic, unused fireplace. Other than dividing the space in half, this huge brick structure is used only to hold the television in the air. This space is going to be re-invented into a sleek lounge by completely removing the fireplace and replacing it with a new skylight as well as a custom cabinet with two automated TVs and a bar. There will also be a floating table, stone-accented wall, 4x6 beams used for crown molding, and two fire features to give this room a sleek, stylish finish.
A small 1950s kitchen is completely gutted and transformed into an open and eclectic new space! This transformation is a challenge, because one of these homeowners works as a chef, so Josh's challenge is to bring some professionalism to an old kitchen that just isn't cutting it! Before, the small kitchen was just outdated white cabinets, old appliances and ugly tile countertops, but in just three days it takes on a whole new face! Walls are opened up to create an island with custom concrete countertops, reclaimed barn wood is attached to the walls to create a unique backsplash, rich dark cabinets replace the old, a receipt wheel becomes a light fixture, plus these homeowners get brand-new vintage-inspired appliances to create one inviting kitchen!
This 1970s family room with a chunky rock fireplace and wood paneling is transformed with eco-friendly modern wall panels and a sleek stone and concrete fireplace that doubles as a bench. The adjoining living room is tied in as the wall between them becomes custom sliding pocket doors, with silver hardwood floors leading from one room to the next. A ceiling-mounted TV tops it off with a custom recycled aluminum entertainment center.
A young couple is getting ready to move into their first house and really aren't in love with the living room and kitchen, not to mention the previous owners took their dog but left behind the dog smell in the carpet. These two rooms are going to become one with an Asian modern theme and a keyhole entry between them. Starting with tearing out the wall dividing the rooms, this renovation will completely change the space, with a new face on fireplace, skylights, completely new kitchen with custom range hood, bamboo and vinyl floors and sliding shoji screens around the walls.
This boring game room was not cutting it for the man of the house. He wanted a place to watch sports with his buddies with the volume turned way up! To transform it into a proper home theater, the room is enclosed with a completely new soundproof wall. The popcorn ceiling is covered with a pattern of random-length lumber, and the tiny window is replaced with a door leading out to the backyard. A DIY television screen is "painted" on the main wall and surrounded with red laminate tiles for a punch of pizzazz. Finally, a cork floor is installed along with a window seat, which includes storage for various television components.
This 10-year-old room addition was dilapidated and in desperate need of an overhaul, plus this tiny house didn't have much room for entertaining. Transforming the space into a lounge begins with tearing down the three rotting walls, rebuilding them, and covering them with stone. The ceiling drywall is removed, exposing a beamed ceiling, and "carpenter" windows are built and installed. Finally, a stand-up bar is built using galvanized metal and suspended shelves are hung from the ceiling.
This young homeowner needs help with her project house. Not one room in the house is complete, so Josh takes his pick and takes on her bedroom! Her blank slate of a room needs some attention! First up, they address the size of her room by raising the ceiling and reusing vintage ceiling tiles. Plus, she's an avid reader and needs a place to store all of her books! So they create floor-to-ceiling bookcases and create a custom library ladder. To complete this bedroom, they create a unique fabric headboard and upgrade to a queen-sized bed!
Josh and crew head to upstate New York to crash DIY Network's Blog Cabin. The cabin's main living space, the great room, is a shell when Josh arrives. In three short days, he builds out the room, giving it a rustic feel. The fireplace surround is covered with stacked stone and the house's original mantel is reused. The hearth and entryway are laid with locally harvested blue stone. The vaulted ceiling is covered with white knotty pine planks, and surrounding ceiling trim is attached and stained. A freetanding closet covered with wood shingles is built near the entry, and a hinged barn door is built and attached. Finally, a farm bench is created using reclaimed wood.