The second season of “Rock the Block” was full of tough competition, difficult challenges, and four beautiful home renovations. In the end, Mika and Brian Kleinschmidt from the HGTV show “100 Day Dream Home” emerged victorious.
Their big win came as a bit of a surprise—given that they didn’t win a single challenge in any of the season’s six episodes.
Each week, the couple’s spaces had failed to stand out to the judging panel, but when their home was finished, the judges decided that the couple’s savvy updates had brought the most value to this two-story home in Dallas, GA.
As it turns out, the Kleinschmidts’ winning renovation didn’t impress only the judges. They spent $225,000 on their renovation, and the gorgeous home is now pending sale, after landing on the market for $635,000 in early March.
After perusing the listing photos and having watched the show religiously, we know exactly why this 4,120-square-foot home quickly enticed a buyer.
Exterior with extra curb appeal
First up, Brian and Mika sought to give the home serious curb appeal.
“You have one chance to make a first impression,” Brian said.
With charm top of mind, they used a mixture of textures on the exterior, incorporating blue and white lap sidings, some cedar shake, stone, and even a white metal roof on the lower level.
While mixing a number of materials can make a house look overly busy, the couple were able to incorporate a variety of colors and textures, while still keeping a classic look.
The kitchen is dreamy This kitchen is perfect for a big family.
Inside, Brian and Mika wanted to create an impressive kitchen, so they worked hard on this particular space. They added tons of cabinet space and paired white finishings with a dark-blue island.
“We feel like it’s going to be a family that ends up in this space, so we want it to function for a family,” Mika said.
With plenty of seating and a ton of storage, this kitchen is designed for entertaining friends and family.
Living spaces look luxe The living room is plain but functional.
Brian and Mika continued the family-friendly vibe in the living space, with abundant seating, a large stone fireplace, and bright, clean colors. While the judges weren’t wowed by the classic furnishings and simple floating shelves, the space has a welcoming vibe, with plenty of space for gathering.
This bedroom is clean, fresh, and welcoming.
The other three “Rock the Block” teams went bold in their bedroom design choices, with dramatic furnishings and wild paint colors, but Brian and Mika opted for a safe and simple look. They decided to decorate with a gold accent wall and white curtains.
The result isn’t jaw-dropping, but it’s certainly accessible for everyday buyers.
A bowling alley sets the place apart This basement is transformed!
After filling the the bulk of the six-bedroom home with simple designs and classic decor, Mika and Brian were done playing it safe.
When they renovated the home’s large basement, they split the space in half, creating a mother-in-law suite on one side and a two-lane bowling alley on the other.
While the suite is sensible, the private, in-home bowling alley is an exciting addition that sets this suburban home apart.
Stylish basement bedroom
To finish off their renovation, the couple turned one part of the three-car garage into a home gym. They added a turf floor and put in a second garage door on the back wall, to provide a view of the yard for anyone working out.
“I really feel like a family is going to need a home gym,” Mika said. “I think that’s kind of been more of a trend now.”
Given the realities of pandemic life, it’s a smart addition that is likely to have helped the home stand out to buyers.
It’s no wonder the home took the crown on Season 2 of “Rock the Block.” Now a new owner will be able to experience the HGTV-approved design without having to lift a hammer or paintbrush.
Anita Corsini of Fathom Realty has the listing.
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