PAI on House Hunter Renovation-The Inside Scoop

 

House Hunter Renovation

Three Generations, One Big Makeover

Season 10, Episode 12

House Hunter Renovation

 

You heard right!  Paula Ables Interiors was on an episode of House Hunter Renovations that aired April 8, 2017. We had a great time, met some amazing people and learned a lot about the television industry in the process.

The homeowners chose an older house built in the 1980’s that had a lot of quirky issues, including outdated cabinets, a dropped ceiling in the Kitchen to 7′, and no closet space. It was previously owned by a person that had 20 cats (give or take 1) and they all stayed INSIDE. When we walked in, the stench of cat pee was overwhelming and fleas would immediately jump out of the carpet onto our legs. (You will notice in some shots of the episode that we are wearing face masks.) In the beginning that was the only way some of us could survive.

 

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The new homeowner was a single mom named Brittany with a 10 year old daughter named Lili. Brittany likes to cook and Lili likes to hang out in the Kitchen performing science experiments and baking cookies with grandma. They requested the Kitchen become more open and additional seating for the bar. The current locations of the appliances didn’t work with an Open Kitchen concept so we set to work to come up with a new layout.

One of the main driving factors was the budget. It was probably the smallest budget we have ever had for a Kitchen remodel. Working closely with our contractor Russ Jensen, we came up with a plan that would fit with the budget and got to work. In the meantime, the client decided to hire us to draw changes to the Master Bath and the Guest Bath, along with help on the Interior Design side with paint colors, tiles, fixtures, etc. We were happy to help.

Russ and I worked on the kitchen and dining room, but the client hired a different contractor to do the remainder of the house. He was a bit more of a free spirit and things were completed about 60% to our specifications. So if it looks weird, I didn’t do it.

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Knob and handle locations were switched Tile layout isn’t quit right, and we didn’t pick the mirror

 

There were a few challenges with this project, but overall it went really smooth. I was excited to work with my friends from California Closets for the Kitchen cabinets. They were able to help us stay in budget and gave us some amazing cabinets too. My favorite part of the Kitchen is the Island. It needed to be a special size and shape to  meet the needs of the client. I created a design in Sketchup and Russ brought it to life. I like to pretend that I helped build it, but in reality I only picked the colors and narrowed down the wood choices to the Beech Plywood and Solid walnut pieces for the top. Russ did all the heavy lifting as well as piecing together the custom pipe configuration for the base to meet my crazy expectations.

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The project took from July to the end of October to complete and film the Big Reveal. We were asked to stage the house for the final party which we did using our sister company Resident Muse Staging for furniture and accessories. We also called in a well known local Austin artist, Maria Martin, to create a custom piece for the Dining space and loan us some of her other pieces for the shoot.

 

House Hunter Renovation

 

House Hunter Renovation

 

We were also able to call in a favorite animal photographer of mine to loan us a photograph for the Guest Bathroom. We used the photo of an African Crane with a white mat and frame to contrast with the pink and purple colors on the walls and cabinets. You can see more of Randall Ford’s work on his website and keep an eye out for his upcoming Coffee Table Books.

 

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After all was said and done, the production company took a ton of footage and over half of what we filmed was left on the cutting floor. Such is life when filming a TV show. When asked would I do it again? I say yes. I now know what to expect, how much time it will take and what the cost versus gains are for any job they could throw my way. It was a great experience and I am thankful for the opportunity to work with each of them.

 

House Hunter Renovation

 

If you are interested in setting a Consultation with Paula Ables Interiors, feel free to give us a shout via email or phone.  Or if you just have a comment on the show. We would love to hear from you.

Here are a few other fun photos from behind the scenes

 

 

 

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