HGTV Obsessed Episode 29: Sarah and Bryan Baeumler
Sarah and Bryan Baeumler of Renovation Island join Marianne to talk about the challenges of building and designing in a remote location. Then, Charissa Thompson, sports broadcaster and founder of the House and Home design studio, talks about the benefits of virtual design services.
This week Marianne chats with paradise power couple, Sarah and Bryan Baeumler of Renovation Island. The couple talks about why their show is so popular. Bryan thinks it’s because their story is aspirational to so many people. “I think it’s tough to find somebody who hasn’t at some point in their life thought I just want to get out of my car, get off the highway, get out of the rat race and move to a beautiful island,” says Bryan. But the couple readily admits that renovating a high-end resort on a remote island in the Bahamas hasn’t all been a day at the beach. They share the unique challenges that came with building in a far-off location and how it impacted their decision-making along the way.
In the HGTV series Renovation Island, contractor Bryan Baeumler and his wife Sarah move their family to the undeveloped South Andros Island, Bahamas, to restore a rundown beach resort.
The Baeumler’s resort — Caerula Mar Club on South Andros Island — was opened only six weeks when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. They were forced to close for seven weeks and lay off all the employees. The hotel had been booked for the next six months so at least they had lots of food and the bar was stocked. Bryan also jokingly adds that they had plenty of toilet paper too. Today they are totally reopened and welcoming guests.
Next up, Marianne talks to Charissa Thompson, sports broadcaster and founder of the new design studio House and Home. They talk about the benefits of virtual design services, how they work and how to know if it’s right for you. Charissa shares her everyday sources for design inspiration and talks about her friendship with fellow sports broadcaster Erin Andrews and their podcast, Calm Down.