Recently engaged couple Dallis Anderson and Whitney Weaver live in the Maxwell Park neighborhood of Oakland, California. Their neighbors put a lot of effort into their front yards, and Whitney and Dallis worry their neighbors feel they fall short. Neighboring landscapers have even been known to leave business cards on their front door! The home hadn't been lived in for about two years before they moved in - Dallis notes they actually had to use a crowbar to open the garage door! Clearly they could benefit from designer and architect John Gidding's expertise and fortunately for them, he's up for the task! His plan calls for transforming the home's hodgepodge style into a stylish modern facade to match Dallis and Whitney's young, vibrant personalities!
Todd Galpin and Mara Shalhoup are overwhelmed by the work that needs to be done on their dated 1920's Spanish style hacienda in East Atlanta, dubbing them the black sheep of their otherwise charming neighborhood. Luckily, Designer John Gidding and the Curb Appeal: The Block team are here to help! John's vision is to find ways to revive the original Spanish style while making it more modern. His plan includes adding a front porch that spans the entire width of the house as well as a brand new entrance to the street, making it more welcoming and inviting from the curb. But, the team is not stopping there! A nearby park will be given new life with a makeover of its own, truly bringing this block together.
Firefighter Javan Smith is embarrassed by his outdated craftsman style bungalow home. He inherited the home from his grandmother and it appears as though it has not been updated since she lived there! He would like his home to reflect his personality and with a stenciled flower design over the front door, it does not appear to be accomplishing that. Fortunately the Curb Appeal: The Block team is stepping in with a plan to bring back the original charm of the craftsman style while giving the home an updated look and making it an abode that Javan can be proud to call home. The whole neighborhood benefits when two adjacent homes also get brand new facades.
David Kim and Sherry Liu are first-time homebuyers that are planning their future together. When they saw this house, the location was great, but it was a fixer upper inside and out. They had to make the tough decision to spend the money they had saved for a wedding on making the home livable. They've spent everything they have on the inside and now it's either plan a wedding, or address the lack of curb appeal. The yard is full of tree stumps and weeds, the driveway isn't functional and the lackluster facade is littered with mismatched fixtures. Things got so out of control that a neighbor had actually offered to send his gardener over to take care of the weeds. But now that John Gidding at the Curb Appeal: The Block team have come to the rescue, they'll end up with the home of their dreams, complete with a front yard beautiful enough for a celebration.
Errin Haines recently bought her first house, but unfortunately it is the eyesore of the block. She works around the clock and doesn't have time to devote to fixing up the front yard. Fortunately, the Curb Appeal team is stepping in and turning the sticks and weeds in her front yard into a gorgeous landscape. In fact, even the mailbox is getting an overhaul. Designer John Gidding's design plan includes adding a stone patio with seating as well as white washing the exisiting brick to unify the property. The plan doesn't end there as John and his team also give smaller makeovers to two of Errin's neighbors as well. Not only will this unify and inspire the block, but property values will be raised as well, benefiting everyone.
Neal and Heather Jarecki live with their 5 kids in the charming San Francisco suburb of Alameda. They are responsible for hosting the Halloween party on their block every year, which is fitting as their Victorian home resembles a haunted house! They purchased this home 10 years ago and had every intention of fixing it up themselves, but with so many kids and so much work to be done, it still looks exactly the same as when they moved in. Fortunately, John Gidding and the Curb Appeal: The Block team are here to help! With a $20,000 makeover, John is sure to give them the bright and cheery home this family deserves!
Lesley Harris and Travis Grubb's front yard is not living up to its full potential and is in much need of repair. Designer John Gidding, and the Curb Appeal team's plan for this transformation is to incorporate a contemporary design with concrete elements and landscaping. Not only is this house getting a major makeover, John also gets neighbors and the City of Decatur involved clearing up the block itself to really bring this neighborhood together.
Mother and daughter Diana and Felicia Simon, along with Felicia's daughter Scarlett, all live together under one (mis-matched!) roof in the West End neighborhood of charming Alameda, CA. When they purchased the home, the inside of the house met all of their needs, but the outside is a hodgepodge of styles that don't reflect their personalities - that's where designer John Gidding comes in! His vision for the home includes embracing the Spanish portions of the home's architecture and replacing their existing roof with Spanish tile! By the time the team has finished with this project, the Simon's will finally be proud to call their abode home!
When Ivery and Larry Johnson were looking for a home, their 10 year-old son came to them and begged to move to Surrey Lane. It's the street where Ivery grew up, and currently her parents, sister and her family all live on the same street. How could they say no? Even though this house was more expensive than what they were looking for, Ivery and Larry spent every last penny they had to make their son's wish come true. Now there's no money left to address the mole infested yard, the drab paint color, and the complete lack of charm. After they moved in, their curb appeal went from bad to worse when a car wrecked into their front yard, destroying what little landscaping they did have. It's their dream location, now they are begging our team to make it their dream home!
Gentry and Eric Young live in a tucked away, charming neighborhood in San Francisco. Their only problem, however, is no one can see beyond the dated shingles on their house and the dilapidated fence. Luckily for them, they have an expert to help them in the form of John Gidding and his Curb Appeal: The Block team. They turn this hidden hideaway into the picturesque gem of the block.
New York transplants, Joanne Hunt and Marc Brotherton moved to Georgia to be closer to family and give their son room to roam. They got the space and now they're lost because they've never had a yard and don't know where to start. The homes in the area are traditional, remodeled and well cared for, except for theirs which is simple and unkempt. They love the neighborhood, the neighbors, and the Southern lifestyle, but feel there is no way their house will ever fit in. John Gidding and the Curb Appeal: The Block team give them the home makeover and confidence they need to showcase their home and treat the neighborhood to a party with Southern hospitality.
Curb Appeal teamed up with the Rachael Ray show to throw a Block Party Contest! We called out to the nation to find that one block that would receive a once in a lifetime opportunity. The prize: The winner and 2 neighbors all won major Curb Appeal makeovers! Our winners are 3 moms in Euless, Texas. Drought has destroyed their yards, and their cookie-cutter brick facades are lacking personality. Fortunately, John Gidding and his team are up to the challenge! In just a few weeks they will transform these THREE homes with Texas-size changes, and even take on a neighborhood project that benefits everyone on the block! It's Curb Appeal 'Texas Style' and the results will blow you away!
Donna and Luke Milich love the lemon tree in their front yard, but could do without their lemon yellow colored house. They bought their house a little over a year ago and discovered it needed all new plumbing and electrical as well as a new roof, so their plans for the front facade became a lower priority. Fortunately designer and architect John Gidding has big plans for their home -- including adding cedar shake shingles! By the time the team is through transforming this home, it will surely go from the bright blight on the block to the classy craftsman stand out that the Milich family can enjoy for years to come!
All New: Thursday, May 31 at 9|8c