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Episode 13 - The Green Mile House

March 1, 2016

This week we meet the Ermoian family. This couple had a serious love of all things coastal and wanted that represented throughout their home. They decided on “The Green Mile House” because of its potential and the large plot of land it sat on.

On the exterior of this home, we added new windows, shutters, an extended porch, a coat of fresh paint to match the coastal look of the inside of the home and new landscaping. The clients picked the Bahama style shutters on the front exterior to make this once “Ranch style” house feel more coastal.

The interior of this house was covered up with dated paneling, green carpet and 70’s style fixtures. The fireplace was the major focal point of the Ermoian’s living room, making it one of the most important areas for us to bring back to life. We centered the fireplace and resurfaced the dated brick with updated stone, and gave the whole area a facelift with fresh drywall, paint and flooring. The biggest thing that makes a house feel coastal are the decorative accents. I had fun searching for pieces that would help carry this theme.


The original kitchen was completely closed off to the rest of the house in typical 70’s fashion, and I loved getting to knock down a few walls and open it up to the living and dining spaces.

The original footprint of the kitchen worked when there was an extra wall for added storage, but without it, the area’s workspace was cut in half and left the actual kitchen feeling undefined. I designed this extra long kitchen island with our cabinet maker to add definition from the rest of the new open floorplan without making it feel closed in.

The area off of the kitchen had lots of natural light and made a perfect little breakfast nook to add a table.

The original dining space was closed off in its own room. Opening up the entire floorplan and adding new flooring made all the difference in here. To go along with the coastal feel of the home, we also added white shiplap to the walls in this area.

Since Chris is a composer and musician he really needed a music room. We were happy to oblige and transform the existing garage into a room that would suit his needs. I had fun with all his cool guitars and loved getting to display his collection on the wall to really personalize this space for him.

My carpenter, Clint Harp, brought this rolling bar idea I designed to life—making this space the ultimate music man cave.  

We turned the existing dining room into a perfect sized home office for Lindy. We added sliding barn doors leading from the kitchen to the office for extra definition.

I knew Chris and Lindy wanted a nice size master suite so we combined two smaller rooms and turned it into the master bath and bedroom. We used the same gray paint color and flooring used throughout the rest of the home, and incorporated some driftwood that we found down by Lake Waco and pressed coral artwork to carry their coastal theme into the bedroom.


The Ermoian’s wanted to do away with the shower and tub combo stall and replace it with a more spacious walk-in shower. We also added ample countertop and storage space and a makeup vanity area.

The Ermoian house was a unique and fun project to work on—we loved transforming this dated ranch-style house into a perfectly suited coastal bungalow.


Photos by Rachel Whyte


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  • Richard and Elizabeth
    8:08 pm, June 20, 2017
    Do you know someone who renovates around central California. The property has been in the family for approx 150 yrs, House burned 3x and last renovation was 1955 with addition of pool. Spoken with 4 contractors and they are scared off (assumed) due to concrete walls and request for open floor plan. Ready to give up on renovation,
  • Kelly
    3:03 pm, June 20, 2017
    Do you know where the shirt is from that joanna wears in the reveal?
  • Anita Rothery
    6:40 pm, June 15, 2017
    Where did you find the pressed coral and shiplap frames used in episode 13? I have been trying to find it so I can put it on my wall to finish it off. I love the show and the Gaines family. Thank you for reminding me what is really important in this world - family.
  • RJ
    8:12 pm, May 18, 2017
    Wondering if you have pictures of construction of barn doors? And exterior paint color? Thanks
    • Joe
      8:35 am, June 3, 2017
      What is that exterior color?
  • Phil Gaudion
    1:20 am, May 11, 2017
    Hi guys - just saw this episode in Melbourne Australia last night - what we didn't see was exactly how u guys fixed the issue with the water coming into the old garage/new studio space - how did u do that? Any info greatly appreciated
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