This Week on Home to Win: Dream Home Demolition

Carson Arthur recaps episode five: his first indoor renovation, plus a guest room makeover that raises the bar.

With some amazing makeovers already finished on the Home to Win house, it’s my turn to pitch in and join the team. Thankfully, Danielle Bryk agreed to partner up to help me with my very first indoor renovation and trust me, I needed it! We got the media room, in the basement…without windows! Good thing she knows what she’s doing when it comes to great design in challenging spaces. While we were playing in the basement, Sarah Baeumler and Kate Campbell were at the other end of the house, taking on the first of the second floor bedrooms.

When it comes to a dream media room that I’d want to spend time in, adding soundproofing and a large media system has to be at the top of the design list, and unfortunately, that means lots of demolition! Once the dust settled, we were able to add walls and insulation and really start to define this space.

“Always pull down ceiling drywall with your mouth-closed…I learned this the hard way.”

Meanwhile, Kate and Sarah also had their hands full. With some surprising structural walls, Sarah had to change her design while Kate got pulled into helping Scott McGillivray replace the cupola on the roof.

Adding to the workload, the ladies and I had to compete in a sticky challenge to see who would have to fill all of the potholes in the driveway. Thankfully for my “male ego” the right team won and the “professional pothole fillers” got to work (trust me… that is a LONG driveway).

Even though Danielle added some beautifully aged barn boards to the basement, I really wanted to make sure that the outdoors were represented in the space so I took advantage of a large tree that needed to be removed by the side of the road.  I love bringing nature into a home and in this case, a giant chunk of wood made an excellent side table!

Sarah and Kate’s spare room also has some personal elements combined with a luxury hotel feel with custom built-ins and a tiny little playroom perfect for families who come to visit. In the end, Sarah’s decision to move the window really paid off! The only problem? The guests may never want to leave this amazing space!


On a personal note, I hope that the lucky Canadian that wins this home really feels the pride that we have put into our individual spaces. As designers and builders, we are all putting a little of ourselves into each and every room in this house. My contribution was the stump!

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