4 Need-to-Know Renovation Questions, Answered by Home Reno Experts

Carmine Sabatella and Mike Pyle, hosts of HGTV's Inside Out know a thing about indoor-outdoor home renovations. Here, they give their best tips.

August 03, 2022
As seen on HGTV's Inside Out, hosts Carmine and Mike work together to transform the homeowner's spaces from the inside-out, here Mike (L) and Carmine (R) pose for a portrait.

As seen on HGTV's Inside Out, hosts Carmine and Mike work together to transform the homeowner's spaces from the inside-out, here Mike (L) and Carmine (R) pose for a portrait.

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If you’re as much a fan of outdoor renovations as you are inside, then you’re in for a treat with HGTV’s Inside Out. Hosted by Carmine Sabatella and Mike Pyle, the show follows the process of indoor and outdoor renovations with a competition-based storyline. The gist? Carmine, a real estate agent and interior designer, and Mike, a landscape designer, conjure up unique indoor-outdoor design plans to pitch their client. Whoever wins over the client, wins the bigger chunk of the budget.

Of course, we had questions about how this process plays into the actual update of each home. So, we chatted with Carmine and Mike for answers to four burning questions that are likely to pop up in your mind as well. Check out what they had to say.

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Where do you get the most bang for your buck?

According to Mike and Carmine, what sells a home isn't necessarily the idea of an affordable renovation, but rather the rooms inside the home itself. So, while the exterior might offer initial curb appeal, Carmine believes the kitchen, main bedroom and bathroom are most important. “These three rooms typically take up most of the budget but at the end of the day it's well worth it,” he says.

Are simultaneous renovations a good idea?

If you’ve ever renovated your house, you might be wincing at the idea of tackling multiple projects — both indoors and outdoors — at once. But, when it comes to home renovators Mike and Carmine, it’s all in a day's work.

“I'm a fan of tackling the inside and outside all at once,” Mike says. “You will typically save on costs and time.”

That said, Mike points out that if your goal is to follow suit, “You definitely need a contractor that is versed in prioritizing trades in order so that things are done in order and you're not damaging previous work.”

For example, he says that you shouldn’t install plant material or grass if the house still needs to be painted or stuccoed. “This will result in damaged and or painted plants and grass,” he warns.

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Erik Voake / Getty Images

How do you tailor the design to make it worthy of a reno?

Inside Out is a competition between Mike and Carmine, so one design is going to lose based on the client’s discretion. When this happens, the losing designer not only forgoes a larger chunk of the budget, but has to revamp their original plan.

“If our design isn't chosen we always have a backup plan in mind and are up to the challenge of making it the best product possible,” Carmine says. “This is one of my favorite parts of the show because it really forces us to be creative with a limited budget."

How do you ensure the home is cohesive from the inside out?

Despite the competitiveness of the show, Carmine makes clear he and Mike always plan their makeovers together from the start. “It's a cohesive design that's fluid from the front, through the exterior of the home, and [to the] rear yard,” he explains.

All this is to say, while each designer hones in on their own projects, they’re also very aware of what the other is doing in order to present a beautiful home to the client.

“At the end of the day we pride ourselves on a consistent product inside and out to give the home the most value,” Mike says.

Catch Mike and Carmine on Season 2 of HGTV's Inside Out Mondays at 8/7c. Follow the duo on Instagram at @realdesigncarmine and @mikepyledesign.

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