During Season 4 ofUgliest House in America, actress, comedian and HGTV hostRettatraveled from sea to shining sea in search of the ugliest house in the United States. After touring the 15 funkiest houses she could find, she crowned one the ugliest of them all and enlisted Windy City Rehab'sAlison Victoria to spruce it up with a $150,000 renovation.
In Boulder City, Nevada — home of the Hoover Dam — Stephanie and Sean bought a geodesic dome home. The 2,474-square-foot home is designed out of interlocking triangles and takes on an igloo-esque appearance. It's the only home of its kind in the Boulder City area, which is part of what drew Stephanie and Sean to it in the first place. "Anything weird or different is our vibe," Stephanie said. As much as they loved their home, they admitted it needed some love. Retta agreed: Out of the five finalists, Sephanie and Sean's home boasted the perfect combination of ugly appearance, poor function and unsettling surprise.
Coming Up With a Plan
Sean and Stephanie often jokingly likened their house to a swingers' home or a '70s brothel — and from the moment Alison stepped inside the Disco Dome Home, she understood why. The penny-encrusted crown molding, mish-mashed flooring and overwhelming rock wall had to go.
The Disco Dome
The original version of the Disco Dome Home boasted a white exterior, and though it reflected the sun's rays to help keep the interior cool, it also gave the home an igloo-esque appearance in an extremely hot climate. So, Alison swapped out the bright white roof for a gray one and added flowers and a few trees to the yard.
After: Front Door
Stephanie and Sean's entrance was once shrouded in shades of brown. To make it more inviting, Alison updated the double-door entrance with a pop of turquoise paint (which she brought into the interior, as well). Then, for an earthy feel, she flanked the door with two potted plants.
Stephanie and Sean's living room was full on funky-retro before Alison got her hands on it. It featured a massive, multicolor carpet mural, a carpeted spiral staircase with disco square accents and a funky, floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace complete with storage cabinets and spacious alcoves.
After: Living Room
Alison worked her magic to breathe new life into the living space. She nixed the carpet mural, updated the flooring, replaced the funky stone fireplace with a turquoise-tiled one and ripped out the carpeted spiral staircase to make way for trendy acrylic planks. Additionally, she said farewell to all the mirrors. Knowing how much Sean and Stephanie love the '70s, though, she infused retro flair into the space with a jukebox, an LED neon palm tree extending into the second floor and an overflowing disco display at the bottom of the stairs, which she paid for using more than 5,000 salvaged pennies from the home's original design.
Alison used turquoise on the exterior of the home and in the kitchen, so she decided to carry the same color palette into the living room and the main suite, too.
Before: Living Room
Another hideous highlight of Sean and Stephanie's home: the winding mirror along the ceiling of the living room. Made of large mirrored panels, the tilted installation reflected every angle of the space — amplifying Sean and Sephanie's suspicions that their house was once a haven for swingers.
After: Living Room
A fresh coat of white paint brightens up the now mirrorless walls, while new light vinyl planks and mid-mod furnishings modernize the ambiance.
The original design of Stephanie and Sean's home only allowed for dining seating in the dining room, so Alison added bar seating to the island in the kitchen, and now the setup couldn't be better. When facing forward, guests can converse with the chef in the kitchen, and when turned to the side or turned around, they can see into the dining and living rooms. Alison also kept some of the original rock fireplace and used it to create a dry bar in the living room.
Before the reno, the home (particularly the dining room) felt dark and segmented thanks to a network of unneeded walls. When Alison surveyed the space, she knew her biggest task would be to knock down the central walls on the first floor.
After: Dining Room
Since the exterior of the home isn't the most picturesque, Alison chose to shield it with luxuriously bunched floor-to-ceiling curtains. Meanwhile, she added a custom neon sign to infuse the space with Las Vegas vibes.
You might not notice at first glance, but — like many other spaces in the dome home — pennies decorated the skylight in the main suite.
Before: Main Suite
With a plethora of pennies, a lack of privacy and very little function, the main bedroom needed some serious love.
After: Main Suite
To elevate the appearance of the bedroom, Alison and her team built a wall under the octagon window so the bed wouldn't be pushed under the angled ceiling. Additionally, she removed the pennies, gave the space a fresh coat of paint along with a teal statement wall, added a dry bar and installed mounted lighting.
Sean and Stephanie's main bathroom offered almost no privacy: Instead of walls, the bathroom was sectioned off from the bedroom with partitions.
Before: Main Bath
While cozy on the feet, Sean and Stephanie's main bath set-up was anything but practical. Surrounded by faux boulders and a carpeted platform, it was a gathering ground for bacteria, dirt and dust. It also had two faucets (further proof the home may have once housed swingers). Sean and Stephanie have steered clear of the tub since they purchased the home — which they got for $20,000 under asking.
She’s Got the Ick
As soon as Retta caught sight of the main bathroom, she knew it was the hideous showstopper she had been waiting for. From the carpeted tub and tiled naked woman mural above it, to the gold mirrored wall behind the toilets and the frosted female silhouette on the shower, she could hardly contain herself.
After: Main Bath
Aside from gutting the hideous carpeted tub and removing the various motifs of naked women, Alison planned to add privacy to the space. Of course, the first step was raising the walls up to the ceiling.
Six weeks after detailing her plans to Sean and Stephanie — and after allowing them to assist during the satisfying demolition process — Alison and Retta officially welcomed the couple back into their home. Needless to say, they couldn't believe their eyes.
And That’s a Wrap
Once Retta and Alison saw Sean and Stephanie's elated reactions, they knew their work at the Disco Dome was done.