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My Houzz: Tony Hawk’s Surprise Renovation

– To me, a home means family. It’s surrounding yourself with people you trust. I mean, it’s a sense of belonging. The people in my family are the most important to me. They’re the ones that I look for guidance from. They believe in me, and I believe in them. I’m Tony Hawk, and this is “My Houzz.” ♪ ♪ My best friend growing up was Ray. He and I skated together through the ’80s and ’90s. We did a lot of demos, and we just shared the same sensibilities, the same ideals, same sense of humor. I think it was 1989.

We were in our late teens, early 20s, and Ray and I were on a Bones Brigade skate tour. And I will never forget seeing Kerry see Ray next to me, and they did not stop looking at each other the rest of the night. I mean, pretty much for years afterwards. You know, it was truly like I got to witness love at first sight. Kerry married Ray and had two kids, Keaton and Olivia. Everything was going well. We both had families. We both were starting the next chapter in our lives. I mean, it was devastating. We were completely shocked to find out that he had this rare form of cancer. He tried to go through all the treatments and ended up losing the battle and died of brain cancer. When Ray died, I vowed to help them however I can.

I’m officially Keaton and Olivia’s godfather, and I’m still very much in their lives. I have a very strong relationship with Kerry. We’re very close. So a few years after Ray died, Kerry started dating again, and she met Brad and eventually married Brad. And Brad’s awesome. He’s a solid dude. He embraced the responsibilities before him. That’s a lot of pressure, you know, and I’m thankful. I’m thankful that they met. I’m thankful that Brad has taken that responsibility upon himself and also that he’s respectful of Ray’s legacy. Brad and Kerry ended up having Scarlett, which was a total shock to everyone, but I’m so happy for Kerry that she got to experience love again. I’m giving this renovation to my good friend Kerry and her family. Brad and Kerry’s house, it’s kind of stuck in a time warp in terms of furniture and aesthetically.

Their kitchen tends to be where everyone hangs out. It could be more functional. The family room is kind of secluded from the rest of the house, so it doesn’t get used as much as it should or at all. The bathroom is like a hallway cave. Olivia doesn’t like taking showers in it ‘cause it’s so dark. It’s kind of scary. Doesn’t work functionally in their house, especially with having three girls now. ‘Cause I’m in San Diego and Kerry and the family live in Wilmington, North Carolina, I turned to Houzz for the project. Houzz is a hub for home design and construction. All the way to building materials to furniture to aesthetics to accessories, it’s all right there. I went on Houzz, and I went to find a pro in the Wilmington area for a designer and builder and until I came upon PBC.

PBC Design and Build stood out because of the rating firstly but also their portfolio of their past work on Houzz was very impressive. I picked up the phone, I called PBC Design, and I talked to David and Chrissy. I really like their ideas, I like their thoughts on the project, and I liked his passion for it. And I invited them into San Diego so we could really get into the minutia of it. ♪ ♪ – Hey, I’m Dave.

– Hi, how are you? – Good. – I want to tell you how excited I am to get to do this kind of thing for Kerry and the family. – We’ll thrilled to be part of the project, and it’s really a cool opportunity for us too. We went to Kerry’s house and saw what we’re working with. One of the cool things about the house is, she has all these great pieces and details. – If anyone defines what sentimental value means, it would be Kerry.

There are things that are very much associated with Ray. The iconic cross that was his first skateboard graphic. But I would think that there’s a way to subtly honor Ray and that doesn’t overshadow the entire household. – Got it. – Her taste is pretty specific. – Sure. – And it might be a little bit more old-fashioned than what I’m used to. Not country, but more like a lodge feel. – Sure. – And so I want to stay true to that for her, but at the same time, I feel like I want to keep things more modern and functional. – Yeah, yeah. – Functional. – Kerry is very concerned with keeping the same feel and keeping a lot of the same elements, and I think that we can highlight a lot of the things that she feels are so important. – It’s a small house. – Yeah. – And I was shocked that about almost 1/4 of the house wasn’t being utilized. – Because her place is pretty dark. – But after being to the house, I think that dark feeling, is ‘cause it’s very walled off from the kitchen. – Yeah. – I started this idea book that we could collaborate on to see some of the inspiration for the new space.

– An idea book is a place where you can share photos, design concepts, and anything that is inspiring to your space with other people that are involved in the project. – Right now, the cabinets are very dark. We’re thinking gray cabinets to kind of brighten up that wood… – That looks great. – But still incorporating the elements. So while I know this is a little more your aesthetic, a little more contemporary… – Yeah. – What I did like about this was the industrial-looking faucet. I like the black matte finish. – Oh, yeah, that’s great. – So they’ve got this great farm table that they built out of barn wood. It’s 8 foot long. It’s the heart of the kitchen. – That’s where everyone sits around.

– It’s definitely a piece we want to keep. – Anything that is repurposed that she already has is all the better. – Awesome. This was a light fixture that I was thinking about using in the dining room. The length of it, I think it really accentuates, but it’s nice and light and airy. Do you like that? – That’s cool. Yeah, very much. – What’s great about Houzz is this little tag. If you see that, you can tap on it, and it brings up the visual match. – Oh, wow. Oh, I see. – And this one has a little more of the gunmetal, but still that same feeling. – Mm-hmm. That’s very cool. – Let’s buy it. – Okay. – What we liked about this picture was a lot of the wood themes. I wanted to make it nice and cozy. I was thinking about painting a lot of the walls white to just kind of give them a nice, neutral background. – Yeah, that’s very cool. That’s what I love. I love how it definitely has that earthy feel.

But it is bright, and I think that’s really what’s missing. I think if she saw that picture right now, she’d start crying. – Yeah. – Aw. – She’s gonna love that. – I was searching on Houzz, and I found this floor tile which I thought was perfect for the bathroom. And it almost had a little resemblance of a cross in it in a very subtle way. – That is very Kerry. I’m having déjà vu ‘cause I’m pretty sure my wife looked at that exact tile. Yeah, that’s very cool. – We’ll just add it to our cart, and we’re ready to go. – Magic. In the living room, we’re gonna protect that hearth and the wood-burning fireplace.

– Yeah. – But what I want to do is, I’d like you to come to town. I can see the space. I want you to see how it is now and then our ideas to repurpose that space. – Okay. Well, hey, I’d love to visit, and I’m super excited to see what’s possible. – We’ll demo while you’re there. – I have mixed feelings about demolishing Kerry’s house. I know it’s for the greater good, so it’s okay. – We can put it back together, I promise. – Okay, sounds good. – At what point do I go ahead and geek out about the fact that I’m sitting with Tony Hawk, my teenage ideal. – Oh, thank you. – Should we talk about that? Should we talk about Mount Trashmore ’85, which you signed the skate park shirts, and you were really cool to sign it.

– – But I’m, uh–I… – It’s very cool you were there ‘cause that was like an iconic moment of skating in the ’80s for sure. – It was a big part of my youth. – Oh, well, thank you. – That’s all the geeking out I’ll do. – ♪ ♪ – Whoo! – Thank you. No really, thank you so much. – We’re excited. – Yeah. – – I can’t believe… – Yeah, yeah. – Sure. – Whoo! – So today we’re meeting Tony, and we’re gonna go through the house, hear his ideas. And kind of explain to him in real life what we’re gonna be doing. ♪ ♪ – I can’t wait to surprise Kerry and Brad and the kids. – Yeah, sure. – And I love your guys’ ideas, but I’d love to go through them here since we’re actually here. – So one of the things is opening up these two spaces. We’re gonna take part of the pantry out, open the wall all the way over to the fireplace. So not only is the kitchen gonna get bigger; the entire space will feel more open.

– Um, I am a little bit concerned with opening so much out that it would feel more stark. – Yeah, no, we’re still really gonna bring in a lot of those warm elements with a cozy couch, some pillows, keeping the fireplace, you know. That really kind of brings that warmth. – Yeah, that’ll probably– that’ll be literal warmth. – Literal warmth, yes. You had a concern about the kitchen being a little dark as well, and I think that’s really gonna brighten up the space. – Yeah, I didn’t really think about that, ‘cause so much light is let in on this side. Sounds good. – So in the hallway there’s that closet, that’s not being used. – Mm-hmm. – We’re gonna give a part of that to the bathroom, just repurposing the whole thing. – Oh, yeah, ‘cause it’s not used at all. – Right.

– We’re gonna repurpose the barn doors and use them to hide the TV. So we’re actually gonna recess them to the wall a little bit. – That’s great. – You want to check out the kitchen now? – Yes. – Awesome. First thing we’re gonna do in here is rework the layout. Since this wall’s going away, we’re gonna move the fridge over this corner and take this back from the closet. – Just lucky that that space is available for the fridge. both: Yeah. – Oh, that’s exciting.

It will just be more welcoming. – Oh, yeah, definitely. – Yeah. So let’s talk about this bathroom. – With the closet leaving, I think we’re gonna gain all of this space here. – I’m wondering, when it does get bigger, will there be light in it? – So there’ll actually be light in there. We’re gonna do a whole glass door. – I guess my pet peeve of this toilet scenario is that there’s like a peep show happening in this window. – – Let’s get out of it as is. – Yeah. – Cool, well, uh, this is exciting. both: Yeah. – I can’t believe this is gonna start happening. We’ve gone through the whole place, and I think the design looks great. I guess it’s time to start the demo. – Today’s demo day, and we are going to tear apart this house.

You wear one of these every day at work. – Yeah, looks just like my skate helmet. – It does, yeah. Ah, that looks good on you. You ready to go? – Yes, I’m ready. – All right. ♪ ♪ You’re not hitting it hard enough. – Oh, is that what it is? – Put your shoulder into it. ♪ ♪ Oh! – Okay, I’m over the tools. ♪ ♪ – Oh! ♪ ♪ That’s awesome. Dude. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ – Oh, wow. – Don’t these look great? – Oh, my gosh, I love it. – I love the barn doors. – And the mantel’s in too. – Yeah, that turned out really, really well, yes. – What are you doing? What are you working on? – I’ve been on Houzz, and so I found some stools to kind of update Kerry and Brad’s unique farm table. – Okay. – I think we’re gonna use two different types. – All right. – So we can use the View in My Room 3D tool. – Okay. – And we can actually virtually see them here next to the table. – That is insane. – So we find the floor. – Right.

– Tap on it. – Oh, my gosh. – Yeah, isn’t that cool? – Ah, cool. – We can move it right next to our table and spin it around. – Oh, yeah. Got it. – And there you go. Isn’t that gonna look great? – That’s gonna look awesome. – Then we’ll put it in the shopping cart. both: Great. – Yeah, so we’re gonna take a picture of this and send it to Tony and see what he thinks. – All right. – Cool. – Today I’m going to video chat with Chrissy and Dave to see what the progress is. – Oh, what’s going on? – Hey! – How you doing? – Hello, hello. – Yeah, where are you? – I’m in San Diego. – Did you get my picture from before? With the bar stools? – Yeah, it looks awesome. – So we got two of the stools that I texted you, and then we’re adding four more blue stools that are similar but will add a little variation. – Oh, okay, great. – Well, check out the house. Come on, let’s go for a tour. – Awesome. – All right, so check this out. These are the doors we grabbed and pulled over from the hallway.

– Oh, wow, that’s super cool. – Yeah. This is where the TV goes. Chrissy’s gonna paint the back of it, but you got some shelves here. – Is that for their VHS tapes? – Sure, like your famous Bones Brigade video. Put it right here. – Yeah, exactly. – So this is a huge change in here. – Oh, wow. – Look at all this space.

– Are you sure you didn’t add another room to that? – What do you think about our statement tile? – Yeah, that looks great. – This is gonna be so much brighter. – I can tell how bright it is already. – I found somebody to frost the windows, so you’re not gonna have a peep show. Back in the kitchen. So I’ve got a design question for you. So I know you said you love subway tile. So usually we just take the tile up to the bottom of the cabinets. We were thinking it would really be stunning to take it all the way up to the ceiling. – Oh, yeah, perfect. It looks incredible. I mean, I can see a huge difference already, and it’s much lighter. It’s much more functional. I’m so excited for them. Thank you for putting all this effort into it.

So when are you guys gonna come do my house? – Any time you’re ready. Start shopping. We’ll see you in a few weeks? – I will see you guys soon. – See you soon. Bye. – All right. – I was surprised at how far it had come, and I felt like it was something they’re going to be very proud of. ♪ ♪ So I’m back in Wilmington. The project’s almost done, and I’m going to the house to meet Chrissy to put the finishing touches on everything. I am so happy. Today I finally get to show Kerry what we’ve been working on. Oh, wow. This is awesome.

Oh, my God, they’re gonna freak out. Hi. – Hey, how are you? – Hi. Good. How are you? – Good to see you. – It’s a different house. – Oh, yeah. – I had no idea how much the wall would affect everything. It’s light, and it’s beautiful. It looks amazing; it looks way beyond anything I imagined. – Let me show you the kitchen. – It looks modern, but it still has that rustic vibe. – Oh, yeah. We wanted it to fit with the rest of the house. – Oh, I think Kerry’s gonna love it. It does feel very homey and very much her but more functional. – Great. – Wow, look at this.

– These are the chairs we picked from Houzz. – Yeah, they’re perfect. And this is Brad’s original table. – Yeah, doesn’t it–it feels so much bigger in here now too. – Probably the most important thing to me was to keep the aesthetics and the vibe of Brad and Kerry, you know, to make it still feel like their home, and I feel like we did that very well. – Are you ready to move things? – Uh, sure, yeah. – Can you put these on the kitchen table? – Sure. – There you go. We’ll zhuzh them up. – Stack them up like that? Zhuzh ‘em up? Is that what you do? – Zhuzh ‘em up. – Do we need to zhuzh these up? – ♪ ♪ – It’s like a poofed cube? – Yes.

There we go. ♪ ♪ So I think we’ve got everything, but I have one more thing I need you to do. – Okay. – Can you write them a little message? ♪ ♪ So I think we’re all set. You got it from here? – I think so. I can’t thank you enough. This is really so amazing. – Oh, no problem. Thanks. I can’t wait to hear what she thinks. – Thank you. Okay. – I’ll see you later.

– Come on, Bubba. Come on, come on. Boy. Tony’s Uncle Tony. He’s been there from day one, and he’s been a blessing in my life. It’s been a few weeks of, uh, feeling overwhelmed, you know, kind of putting it in Tony’s hands. So I trusted him completely. – Welcome home. both: Hi. – How are you? ♪ ♪ You have to close your eyes, though. – Okay. – Okay? – Yep. Okay. – Ready? Keep ‘em closed. – I’m kind of nervous showing it to Kerry. I’m mostly excited. I hope Kerry likes it as much as I imagine she will. Here we go up stair. – Okay. – Okay, are you ready? – Oh, I’m really nervous. – Open your eyes. – Oh, my goodness. ♪ ♪ – Do you like it? – Oh, my goodness. I love it. – – And the wall… it’s gone. – Yeah. – It’s like one big space that we can all enjoy. – That’s the idea. Exactly. – I never would have thought to opening that up. I love that.

– A room that will actually get used. – That was the biggest thing. No one would go in the living room. It’s beautiful. – I’m glad you like it. – It’s perfect. I love it. – Tried to save all of your favorite stuff. – Oh, my goodness. I love it, my doors. – Chrissy did that, yeah. – I’m so glad. This was the back of Olivia’s closet. – Yes. – And the old wood. Like the look is the same. – Mm-hmm. – I cannot believe the transformation, but yet it still feels like my home. – Okay, let’s look at the kitchen. – Wow. – And everything’s functional. – Perfect. – This closet was removed. So the fridge moved here. – Oh, I love the fridge there. – It keeps the kitchen all in one area as well. – Yeah. – Right? – Can I feel the counter? I love the gray and, oh, my goodness, love the tile too. – She loves it, so mission accomplished. But I think she loves it more than I really imagined. We kept your table.

With new chairs. – Love those. Love it. – New chandelier. – That’s what I always wanted, was more of a gathering space, and Tony really captured that. Wow. – Would you like to see the girls’ bathroom? – I’m good in here. There’s more? – Okay, here we go. – There’s more? Oh, my gosh. – There’s more. – – There’s lots of room in here now. And Scarlett has a booster. – Oh, my gosh. – – It’s perfect. Oh, my gosh. – I like it very much. – Scarlett, yes. Oh, it’s gorgeous. And the shower is amazing. – It’s cool. – Olivia is going to freak out when she sees this. It was so dark and crowded before that the girls didn’t share the bathroom. And now using that closet space in the hall, it’s opened up so much more. Now they both can use that space. – Look at. This is your living room.

You actually are sitting in your living room for once. – I love it, and I can see in the kitchen. I can’t believe how big it looks. And I love that you took the style of our home and intertwined it with all the new things. – I’ll take full credit for that. – Okay. – Not really. – I can’t wait for the kids to see it. – Oh, yeah. I think Kerry didn’t want to get too emotional.

I know in my heart that she was deeply moved, and I love this family. And I’m so thankful to be a part of it. – – Hi. – Hi. – Welcome home. – Oh, my goodness. – Do you love it? – I love it. – Isn’t it beautiful? – I love it. When I first walked in the door, I was so excited. It’s awesome. It looks completely different. It’s amazing. – Isn’t it beautiful? – Yes. – Wow. This is super cool. It’s definitely gonna redefine how we spend time together. – Look at the sink, Scarlett. You could help wash dishes. – Oh, my goodness. It’s, like, perfect. – This is huge. – The bathroom is my favorite part.

– Look. Your little bench is here, and then you can push it under. – Scarlett, no one can see you from outside. – Finally. – High-five on that one. That’s my favorite part. – When I used to walk in there, it would be black. Like I wouldn’t see that much stuff. But I like it now because there’s more light in there. – You won’t have to worry about it being dark. – Oh, it’s amazing. – That’s so great. – Beautiful. – Wow. – Chrissy and Dave nailed it. They are really the reason that this came together so well. As much as I’d like to take full credit for this, I can’t. So I want to introduce you to the people who really should be taking all the credit, Chrissy and Dave. both: Hi. – Everybody okay? – We love it, absolutely. It’s beautiful. I love that you took the time and the care to make it feel like us. Do you love it, babe? – I do.

You guys did a excellent job of pulling both rooms together and making ‘em look like it’s not two separate spaces. both: Thank you very much. – Yeah, everybody. – Thank you for everything, everyone for doing this for us, and Tony. – Tony is one of the most generous and kind people that I know. And seeing how far he goes for our family and knowing that he’s always got us on his mind is a wonderful and amazing thing.

– Well, I’d like to propose a toast, Kerry and Brad for trusting us with this project. – Yeah. – For letting us destroy Brad’s house and put it back together. But it was a big honor for me to be able to give this to you. I hope you guys like it. Cheers. – We love it. all: Cheers. – I just want to thank Tony for doing this for us. Now we have a touch of him in our home too, which makes me happy, because he’s family. – There were a few beams still stuck in there, so I karate kicked them apart and got a little carried away. – Yeah? – In the destruction process. But it was fun. Isn’t it awesome? – Yeah, I love it.

It’s–it’s beautiful. It’s stunning. I can’t stop looking at it. I love how it turned out. .

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