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'House Hunters Renovation': Transforming an in-home theater into a personal oasis

The House Hunters franchise continues to be the most inspirational and pleasant of all home-buying and renovation series on the air. Property virgins Gwen and Ron met in high school and reunited years later after singing some karaoke. They have decided to knock out two of life’s biggest challenges in one swing – buying a house and getting married.

After subjecting myself to hours of another HGTV series, Property Virgins, I know how this could turn out. It’s ugly. It’s frustrating — not only to the realtor, but to the viewers. Watching a persnickety buyer refuse to see potential in dozens of homes tires your muscles from the restraint of not chucking your television out the window. Somehow, the House Hunters series make the best of most every situation. In this episode of House Hunters Renovation, we have Property Virgins meets Property Brothers — and the result is fantastic.

The sheer number of times Gwen and Ron utter the word “potential” is charming. They have a budget most of us can only dream about, but in their area, that still doesn’t bring much.


They settle on an odd house previously owned by film buffs. That’s a guess, considering the focal point of the home is a movie theater. It is, quite literally, the largest space in the house. It sets them back $632,000 (they get a deal!) pre-renovation, and they have big plans. Seeing the potential and utilizing the help of a designer, friends and family, Gwen and Ron set about making it their own personal oasis. It’s going to take a lot of work to turn this into a dream room.

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Designer Eileen Alsanian, Eileen K. Design, suggests splitting the movie room into two separate sections, with a bedroom and a sitting room, retaining the drop-down movie theater. Adding a barnyard door off of the master suite to their redesigned master bath puts the final touches to Ron’s desired hotel-like suite in his own home.

Upon the take-your-frustrations-out demolition phase, a lovely door and window come to light. A couple of sneezes later and things start looking up!

Seeing the design sketches come to life is one of my favorite parts of House Hunters Renovation. They’re so good, I wonder if they’re truly done beforehand, or sketched up after the fact. Call me a pessimist.


With the bedroom plans taking shape with Ron’s monochromatic proclivities, Gwen decides to pepper the house with splashes of color in other areas, such as the living room. Ron is a little bit concerned — no, freaked — but he realizes it’s all about compromise. After all, they’re getting married.

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Gwen’s desire for pops of color is tempered with her own compromise when she tackles what will become their dining room. Formerly a family room (what kind of family shuffled around this particular room, we probably don’t want to know), she decides to whitewash the paneling. If I ever run across paneling, I know exactly what to do. Sand down the shiny stuff and use a mix of eggshell paint to give your formerly dark, dreary room a beach feel. Nice, right? Thanks, Gwen!

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There is a “whoops” — once Ron’s dad leaves, Ron decides to expand the design beyond Dad’s plans. The yard was dirt and patchy (at best) grass. Thinking they are doing a lot of work for a small space, they decide to go big! What seems like a good idea at the time can quickly overwhelm a DIYer. Realizing they’re in over their heads, they call an expert, who arrives and tells them they purchased pavers, requiring a lot more work and money than anticipated. Crisis averted — original plan continues!

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It’s inspirational to see the before-and-after phases of a large renovation project, especially when the smaller touches, such as paint and whitewashing, can do so much to enhance the areas that aren’t a part of the renovation. With Gwen and Ron, we’re treated to a couple that knows each other and an attitude generating cohesive choices and forgiveness. House Hunters Renovation has quickly become one of my favorites. What about you? Have you been inspired to dig into the renovation revolution yet?

Here are some of the best quotes from the journey of Gwen and Rob:

“Do you know anybody who can do this for 15 bucks?” — Ron

“This reminds me of my grandmother’s patio.” — Ron

“And then the tile. Blecchhhhhh.” — Gwen

“Stop it. There’s a movie theater right in the middle of the house. I did not see this coming at all.” — Gwen

“Not as big as I expect being from the East Coast, but this yard has a ton of potential.” — Ron

“A ton of potential.” — Gwen

“We’re doing a lot of imagining.” — Rob

“I’m Mr. Potential.” — Rob

“This room has a lot of potential. Potential, man.”— Gwen

“When we ripped out the carpet in the movie room, we found a trail of old blood. Not only am I grossed out, but I am creeped out.” — Gwen

“I finally figured out what all the red drippings were all over the floor! It’s the stain from the molding all around the room. Geez, I’m so glad, you guys!” — Eileen

“Well, if I was, like, on the can or something and Gwen had to go change …” — Ron

“Can. That’s so gross.” — Gwen

“I’m still a little concerned about the lack of color in the bedroom, so I decided to go ahead and paint a teal accent wall in the living room.” — Gwen

“Wow! Look at how beautiful and clean it looks. It’s so … It’s such a win.” — Gwen

Two beers; ticket to paradise not required.


TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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