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  • What makes a home for me is there's an emotional connection

  • Some memories, warmth, and the people that are in it

  • I'm Kyrie Irving and this is My Houzz

  • I will always be from New Jersey

  • that's where my father's house is that's where I grew up

  • It's where I get my attitude from

  • it's where I get some of my personality from

  • My dad's name is Drederick

  • Man, he sacrificed a lot

  • ultimately gave up his dream to play basketball professionally

  • He chose to, you know work nine hours a day

  • a nine to five

  • And he would divide the time up of working all day

  • and then teaching me how to play basketball

  • or dropping my sister off at a dance class

  • He was really a super dad

  • I want to do this renovation for my dad

  • because, you know, he worked his tail off to get the house

  • and provide for myself and my sister

  • He deserves it

  • It's his first house

  • I think he wanted it to be his only house

  • That's where I grew up

  • and I respect him even more for wanting to keep it

  • But I know that there's always things

  • that he wants to improve on in the house

  • My dad's house is great

  • but I think it's time to see some new looks

  • and make the house more functional

  • and I think it should be a little bit more spacious

  • The dining room is to the right of the living room

  • the walls are so closed off

  • and it's definitely something that we just need to open up

  • From there, you walk through a small door

  • and enter the kitchen

  • Definitely fix up the island area as well as the sink

  • There are a lot of memories of me

  • being in that kitchen washing dishes all night

  • and me and my dad having really long talks

  • My dad has an idea that we're doing something special for him

  • but he doesn't necessarily know exactly what

  • He trusts me enough

  • that I'll get the right team to really fix up the house

  • I live in Cleveland and my Dad's house is in West Orange, New Jersey

  • So I turned to Houzz for this renovation

  • Houzz is the perfect app that has everything you need to get inspired

  • find a professional, go shopping and get advice all in one place

  • I went to houzz.com

  • looked up for local designers in West Orange, New Jersey

  • and along came Jules

  • Found her profile looked at some of her designs

  • I thought that she can find that balance

  • between modern and traditional

  • Jules and I scheduled a meeting here in Cleveland

  • to go over the design ideas for my Dad's house

  • Before we jump in, I want to ask you

  • about the "hungry and humble" sign on your wall, tell me about it

  • It's a mantra that my dad gave me

  • to really live by through basketball and life

  • just always having a hunger for more and always striving for perfection

  • And then humility, it's one of the most important things

  • that makes me who I am and I developed it from my family

  • Walking into this kitchen and seeing this wonderful mantra

  • that means so much to Kyrie

  • just speaks to how much family means to him

  • So is there anything you think your dad might really like?

  • So he loves really old finishes with a modern sense

  • Okay

  • You know, as blue is his favourite colour, I think...

  • Okay

  • Something to play on with navy

  • but a little flare of some colours here and there

  • - That sounds perfect - Yeah

  • Jules set up an ideabook on Houzz to collaborate from

  • She can show me different ideas she has

  • and I can add to what she has already done

  • Where I think we should start is in the living room

  • I'll go to the...

  • - To this one? - Yeah

  • I picked this picture because of the fireplace

  • Do you guys use the fireplace quite often?

  • Yeah, we use it

  • - Yes, we use it - Which is so nice

  • A lot of times, yeah

  • And to have seating around a fireplace

  • again, it just ties back to this

  • you know, wonderful tight-knit family that you guys are

  • and I'd like to highlight that in the space

  • You know, make it a fresh happy room

  • I'd like to incorporate a nice rug...

  • I think he'd like to see that

  • Okay, well, wonderful

  • Do you guys entertain?

  • My dad throws these incredible parties

  • but people are just going in different spaces in the house

  • and that's where everybody kind of lounges around

  • Some of the rooms feel a little closed in

  • I would love to see more of that light shine into the kitchen

  • So I'm sort of thinking

  • what if we could create a larger entrance into the dining room

  • maybe try to open up that space a little more

  • Speaking with Kyrie

  • I feel it's really important to break through some of these walls

  • It's going to dramatically improve how they function in the house

  • I really want to embrace that

  • and warm the dining room up as much as possible

  • When we have our family gatherings that's where we go all the time

  • In the dining room

  • I still want to keep our big table

  • I think that he would want to maintain

  • the feeling within that room

  • Right

  • And I want to, I want to keep that

  • One of the things I wanted to talk to you about

  • for the dining room is a storage piece

  • I love the idea behind it

  • I think it will be great for our big party gatherings...

  • Okay

  • And things that we're having over at our house

  • Great

  • We'll just click Add to Cart and then you just purchase it

  • and you can either check out or keep shopping

  • Seems pretty easy

  • And so one of the things that really struck me with your kitchen

  • is you have this really small island that has storage in it

  • That was all my dad's idea

  • Well, I get the idea...

  • Nope, that had nothing to do with me

  • - Nothing to do with me - What did you think of it

  • I don't sit in the kitchen

  • I stand in the kitchen

  • Okay, okay

  • Just because I know my knees can't get up to the island

  • Your knees...

  • Well, you can't get any knees because the countertop ends...

  • - All his idea - Right, okay

  • So I'd like to come up with a better solution for him

  • Me too

  • And then I would like to incorporate one fixture

  • that comes down from the ceiling a pendant fixture, in the kitchen

  • I liked this one for maybe over the island

  • Always make a statement no matter what

  • Okay, click on the piece add it to cart, purchase, and voila

  • So I've got some ideas going on about the kitchen

  • but one thing that I really wanted to run by you was the tile

  • Bold navy blue with a hint of orange

  • I like the design

  • Artistically, I think people will come in and be like

  • "Hey, where did you get this tile from?"

  • which is always a conversation starter

  • It has a wow factor about it, I like it

  • So let's get it

  • When you retire from basketball

  • you might have a new career ahead of you

  • I appreciate that, I appreciate that

  • But that's not gonna be for a super long time

  • - Yeah, no, no - Okay

  • Not for a long time

  • Not for a long time, but thank you

  • My sister Asia will be taking over the reins with you from here

  • while I go through my season

  • So I know she's excited

  • I can't wait to get Asia's input as well

  • And it is very, very important

  • very important that we kinda get this right

  • Excited

  • - So nice meeting you - Yes, ma'am

  • - Thank you - Thank you so much

  • Really appreciate it

  • I'm using Asia, my sister

  • as my other set of eyes and she's in Jersey already

  • so it works out that she can be close to the project

  • - Welcome - Thank you

  • - I'm Jules - Asia

  • It's a pleasure to meet you

  • It's a pleasure to meet you as well

  • Well then, I know you have some great things planned for us

  • Yeah, yeah

  • You know what let's start in the kitchen

  • - Yes, this way - Okay, you lead the way

  • Okay

  • We want to make this a really inviting space

  • because, you know, everyone congregates in the kitchen

  • which makes it really fun

  • It does

  • But I'd love to maybe try to open it up a little more

  • so you have more of a flow going on

  • Great idea, I'm excited

  • Let's take a look at the dining room

  • and see how we can work that out

  • Okay

  • You know, the first thing I noticed

  • in the dining room coming in is this step

  • I would love to see that go away

  • That would be great because a couple of people have tripped over there

  • Especially during his parties

  • - Yes - Yeah, yeah

  • We need to resolve that issue, absolutely

  • Yes, we do

  • So, Asia, when we were in the kitchen

  • we talked about sort of pushing out

  • This is the wall that we're talking about

  • I would love to see this wall

  • just completely open up as much as possible

  • It's hard to get your head around it

  • - Yes, it is - It's a major change

  • But what would happen here is

  • then you'll have a completely transformed

  • flow of traffic in this space

  • And it'll be better

  • You want to show me the living room?

  • - Yes - Okay, great, let's take a look

  • This way

  • Okay

  • So we don't really use this room a lot

  • All right, well we need to change that

  • Okay

  • You guys do a lot of socialising at the parties

  • We do

  • So we need to accommodate people

  • for comfortable seating and conversation areas

  • maybe some new paint colors, opening up the windows

  • Before you know it

  • it'll be a room that you guys want to spend so much time in

  • - I'm excited for that - Okay, good

  • So I think that this is gonna be a wonderful project

  • But wait, there's one more room

  • that I think we should take a look at

  • This will be a great surprise for the project

  • - Oh, I love surprises - Yes

  • - Let's take a look - Oh, excellent

  • Wow

  • So this is our trophy room

  • Tell me why your dad has so much of Kyrie's trophies in here

  • So he likes to give him his accomplishments

  • just as a gift to him like, as a thank you

  • - That's so meaningful - Yes

  • - That is so meaningful - It is

  • It's very special

  • So this is gonna be an awesome transformation

  • and a really special wonderful surprise

  • - Yes - So we need to get started

  • Today is demo day at my Dad's house

  • Oh, here he is

  • - Hey, Anthony - Hey, Jules, how are you?

  • - Great to see you - Good to see you again

  • I'd like you to meet Asia

  • - Hi, Anthony, nice to meet you - Hi, Asia

  • So this is the other side of the wall facing the dining room

  • We're gonna take the finishes off of here too today

  • So we'll be able to see right through from one room to the other

  • and even at that point we'll get a feel of the open space

  • So, Asia, throw on a pair of designer work goggles and...

  • The hammer is ready to go

  • Grab a nice big hammer

  • Let's do it

  • - Yeah, I know it's a lot of fun - Right here

  • On your mark, get set, go