Before: The DumpMaj. Julian Bond served a tour of duty in the heart of Iraq. While he was deployed, wife Charmaine raised their four children on her own. Because he risked his life by serving our country, designer Vern Yip and the Deserving Design team are going to give back to him and his family by making over two areas of their house, one that they know about, and one that is going to be a total surprise.
The family refers to their garage as "the dump" because it is piled high with boxes and all sorts of random stuff. In their last home, the garage served as a play area for the kids. The parents would love to get this garage cleaned out and organized, so the kids could play in here. With a career in the military, the homeowners know they may have to move sometime soon. So, they need to be able to transform the space back into a garage if they have to sell their home.
After: Fun and Functional PlayroomThe garage is transformed into a multipurpose space — a playroom, a storage area, and yet, it can still function as a place to park a car. The makeover starts by painting the lower third of the walls grass green and the upper two-thirds sky blue. This will give the illusion of being outside, even when garage door is closed and no natural light is available. The floor is covered in solid porcelain tile. This tile is the perfect choice if the family does decide to convert this space back into a garage. Porcelain tile is denser and more durable than ceramic tile and can therefore withstand the weight of a car and is also non-absorbent.
The walls are aligned with storage cabinets to hold toys and games. The inside of the tempered-glass doors are covered with large premade posters to give the space a fun and vibrant look. Mom and Dad are also given their own wall of locked storage (right) for tools and household items. A plastic, kid-friendly couch sits opposite the new entertainment center and flat-panel TV. Clear blue toy bins fit perfectly into the shelves on the entertainment center. A table and chairs provide the kids a place to eat or play board games. A foosball table, football arcade game and a full-size basketball hoop will keep the whole family busy.
Before: Two Boys, No ClosetDesigner Vern Yip told the homeowners he was only going to redesign one area of their home — the garage. But before he announced that decision, he did ask the family about the boys' bedroom. The parents say the biggest problem with this shared space is the lack of storage. The two boys think the biggest problem is the lack of personality. They say they want more color in their room, a football theme, and believe it or not, they want a homework area.
After: Lots of Storage SpaceWow, is the family ever surprised to find that the boys' bedroom had been completely redesigned. All the walls are covered in beadboard to give the room some architectural character. The bunk beds are replaced with two single beds that the boys can grow into. Since the room has no closet, a freestanding closet system is installed. The closet is concealed with curtains, and can easily be moved in case the family has to relocate. Built-in shelves and under-bed storage provide a place to keep toys and books. The boys got what they wanted for the room — more color, a football theme and a desk for homework. But their favorite part is the cool set of wall-mounted fish tanks.