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HGTV's Rock the Block asks celebrity designers 'What Sells Houses' and we love the answer

Tile Club was so proud to be a part of Tiffany Brooks and David Bromstad’s team on Season 2 of Rock the Block! This amazing HGTV show is perfect for the new build trend, completely renovating four framed-in unfinished houses in a newly built neighborhood in Paulding County, Georgia.

About the Team - 

David Bromstad from My Lottery Dream Home and Tiffany Brooks from $50K Three Ways found their common ground in color. "Color is in our DNA," said Tiffany, and David agreed, "We don't do beige!"

Check out their home remodel journey on HGTV’s Rock the Block page!

Tile Club on HGTV Rock the Block with Celebrity Designers Tiffany Brooks and David Bromstad

These two are stars in their own right - this is 100% the team for lovers of color that push the envelope when it comes to style and personality reflected in a welcoming home! This duo is made up of Design Stars winners, and they each bring a playful and eclectic vibe to their aesthetics, with the mantra, ‘ we don’t do fine, we do fabulous’.

They were up against stiff competition with the superstar teams of Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent, Brian and Mika Kleinschmidt, Mike Holmes and Alison Victoria. The OG renovation show host, Ty Pennington himself, was on board to announce challenges and throw them curveballs, with amazing guest judges from the HGTV star roster including Tarek El Moussa from Flipping 101 and Heather Rae Young, Page Turner from Flip or Flop Nashville, Egypt Sherrod and Mike Jackson from Flipping Virgins, Mike Pyle and Carmine Sabatella from Inside Out, Rock the Block Season 1 winner Jasmine Roth, and Ken and Anita Corsini from Flip or Flop Atlanta.

Unlike most HGTV remodel shows, 'Rock the Block' aims to showcase real-world updates that homeowners and house flippers can utilize to maximize resale value and design a house that will sell. Real estate and design experts use real-world appraisals of the remodeled homes to see who added the most value with a budget of $225,000 and only 6 weeks to renovate!

Not only were they creating beautiful homes, but the show also raised money for Turn up to Fight Hunger, partnering with No Kid Hungry to help ensure healthy meals for children relying on school meal programs during COVID.

Team Bromstad and Brooks decided that their home would be a modern Tudor style, combining brick with exposed beams on the stucco second story. The stunning exterior steered away from the current trend towards farmhouse styles, creating a gorgeous design that adds instant curb appeal while hinting at the eye-catching design aesthetic that waited just inside the front door.

Episode 1 - Rock the Kitchen - 

Celebrity guest judges Tarek el Moussa and Heather Rae Young weighed in on the first challenge, which started with the most important room of the house - the kitchen! Sticking to budget was a huge factor in this challenge - since the kitchen is the first area they design, the contestants have to make sure they’re creating a custom kitchen that will add the most value while making sure they don't blow through their budget on the first go.

BEFORE KITCHEN - HGTV Designers were asked to transform this new build kitchen to add the most value

BEFORE KITCHEN - HGTV Designers were asked to transform this blank slate build new kitchen to add the most value

Team Brooks and Bromstad had a tiny kitchen with closed off placement to the rest of the house, but they had an ace up their sleeve - a stunning view of the woods and water! They decided to completely flip the kitchen floor plan, taking advantage of the lake view to allow their future homeowners to take it in as they prep for dinner or wash up afterwards.

Team We Don’t Do Beige lived up to their name with stunning green paint on their shaker cabinets, and chose to pair them with our Recycled Glass Herringbone Mosaic In Calacatta Marble Color. They knew their competitors would stick to more ‘traditional kitchen’ colors, and their kitchen would stand out thanks to the dynamic cabinet colors. David Bromstad’s vision was a cabinet-to-ceiling tiled backsplash, creating a gorgeous accent wall that popped against their vibrant paint.  Their other changes took up a huge chunk of their budget, including moving the kitchen and reorienting the windows to bring in natural light and the stunning view of woods and water.

David Bromstad and Tiffany Brooks Added Floating Shelves over Windows to Catch Natural Light

Their secret that helped them recapture some of the budget eaten up by the kitchen flip?

The ‘Luxurious linear tiles laid in a herringbone pattern for the counter-to-ceiling backsplash’ are easy to lay in a mosaic design! The mesh backed sheets come with the stunning tile layout pre-installed, making it a lot easier - and more cost effective - than having your tile setter lay out the pattern by hand. The recycled glass with Calacatta Gold marble look is also a gorgeous pick for an elevated design that would ‘add major value to their kitchen redo’.

Kitchen Transformation - Bold Green Cabinet Paint and Marble-Look Herringbone Tiles made of Recycled Glass

They even included the subway tiles in their challenge box as DIY coasters!

Real estate expert Heather Rae Young immediately loved the backsplash tile with the gold fixtures - dubbing it her favorite part of the kitchen design!  She clocked the value of the ‘million dollar view’ visible out the windows while cooking and prepping at the counters. 

Celebrity guest judges Tarek el Moussa and Heather Rae Young on Rock the Block

‘Tarek El Moussa from Flipping 101 and his fiancée and real estate maven, Heather Rae Young, were the judges for Week 1 and were wowed by David and Tiffany's reconfiguration of the kitchen, the stunning backsplash, open floor plan and gold accents. Even though Heather was a fan, Tarek wasn't sold on the resale potential of the green cabinets.’

Although paint colors are one of the most-eye catching details when walking into a prospective new home, they’re also the easiest one to personalize! Homeowners drawn in by the stunning value-add of the backsplash can easily choose a cabinet paint color that suits their style and easily pairs with the herringbone backsplash tile!

While David and Tiffany’s colorful kitchen ultimate didn’t win the challenge, they won us over with the creative backsplash and commitment to chic style and a wonderfully livable layout!

Episode 2 - Rock the Living Rooms

We love that Team Bromstad and Brooks didn’t take this challenge literally! While all of the teams have the same layout to work with - tackling a foyer, powder room, front room, and living area on the first floor - they decided to reconfigure their space into a completely new downstairs suite.Modern Home Design with a Colorful Foyer and Ombre Stair Treads

They asked themselves - ‘what sells houses’? The answer: kitchens, bedrooms, and bathrooms. With that in mind, they decided to add amazing value and livable space by turning the front room into an in-law suite! 

Their knock-your-socks off foyer featured a patterned wallpaper across from the ombre painted stairs, tying in the home’s signature green color on their stair risers and railing. A mudroom addition, fireplace, and exposed beams also added to the amazing value of their first floor renovation.

A converted family room into an In-Law Suite with Gray and White Patterned Wallpaper

They turned the powder room into a full bathroom downstairs, with the help of our timeless Carrara marble herringbone mosaic floors, and a stunning salmon pink ceramic tiled shower in our favorite zellige-style La Riviera Rose.

Powder Room Turned into a Full Bathroom with Herringbone Carrara Marble Tiles and a Vintage Vanity Mirror

Powder room turned into a full bathroom with Carrara marble herringbone floors and pink subway tile shower in zellige ceramic.

Pink and Gold Shower with Ceramic Subway Tile and Brass Fixtures

The team declared ‘this is our challenge’, and they were right! HGTV Real Estate expert Page Turner from Flip or Flop Nashville is a home flipping master, making her the best judge to gauge what would add the most value to the core living area and entryway. She was blown away by the resale value added by converting the powder room into a full bathroom and creating an in-law suite! The versatility of the space - an easy flip into a home office but with the added value of an additional bedroom and full bathroom - was a major game changer for our ‘think outside the box’ team. Page declared the pink subway tile a beautiful choice, adding a homier feeling than a typical ‘guest bathroom’.

Once again, the judge knocked off points for some of the decisions Team Bromstad and Brooks made - the black painted wall and eye-catching wallpaper were on her list of ‘cons’ for their living area - but are also design choices that are easily personalized by homeowners. They made choices that would set their build apart but not detract from the resale value of a home, while they made decisions - adding a closet and creating a full downstairs bathroom - that well outweighed the ‘trendy’ picks that might make buyers skim over a potential home.

Episode 3 - Rock the Main Bedrooms

Along with the kitchen and main living area, the main bedroom is the area of the home that is most important to homebuyers and can really be used to add value. The somewhat unimpressive floor plan of the main bedroom left Tiffany Brooks and David Bromstad in need of a little renovation. Their extra budget from the win the week before came in handy to demo and move the plumbing in the master bathroom to create their ideal floor plan for the main bedroom suite.

BEFORE Bathroom - a blank space for a dynamic Master Bathroom Makeover
BEFORE Bathroom - a blank space for a dynamic Master Bathroom Makeover

They envisioned a large dual vanity, four foot shower enclosure, and a free-standing bathtub to transform the master bathroom, with a sitting area that created a truly ensuite feel to the adjoining bedroom.

Instead of embracing color in the bathroom, they opted to go black and bold, with David declaring the look ‘sexy’. 

Black Subway Tile Shower and Vanity Backsplash with Brass Fixtures and Wood Look Porcelain Bathroom Walls and Floors

Their concept for a ‘tuxedo bathroom’ combined our glossy Mallorca Black ceramic tiles in a classic running bond subway tile pattern for the shower and vanity backsplash, paired with high-contrast white oak wood-look chevron tiles in our Spiga Olson porcelain design.

From HGTV - ‘Floor-to-ceiling tile flowed throughout the whole bathroom with a 4-foot shower on one side and a gorgeous, sleek freestanding bathtub on the other. "It's a movie star bathroom," said David.'

One of the advantages of a glossy ceramic tile - it reflects light, even with a darker color! David loved the way the light bounced off the black shower walls, so that their dark palette didn’t take away from the airy feeling of the room. According to HGTV, the ‘Dramatic black subway tile was punctuated by the white floor tile, creating a tuxedo-like effect.’

Floor-to-ceiling tile flowed throughout the whole bathroom with a 4-foot shower on one side and a gorgeous, sleek freestanding bathtub on the other

HGTV Celebrity Judge Egypt Sherrod is ‘LOVING this black subway' Tile Shower

Judges Egypt Sherrod and Mike Jackson of ‘Flipping Virgins’ liked the contrast between the floors and walls and expressed that they were ‘LOVING this black subway’. The gold hardware was another big plus, creating a luxurious ‘Hollywood feeling’. The smaller bathroom left the judges cold, as they wanted to see value added with space for a couple to share, and they were similarly unimpressed by the smaller closet and lack of storage space. 

Colorful Main Bedroom Transformation with Patterned Wallpaper and Velvet Comforter

Ultimately, this challenge went to a different team, but we feel like winners after seeing the stunning black and white bathroom design and the overwhelming love the judges gave to our tile!

Final Judging and Winners of Rock the Block Season 2 - 

The final judgement came down to Jasmine Roth from 'Help! I Wrecked My House'  and winner of the first season of Rock the Block, and Ken and Anita Corsini from Flip or Flop Atlanta, who are also the real estate agents listing all of the newly finished houses for sale! Like the guest judges before them, they loved the high-value added by the kitchen renovation and the use of counter-to-ceiling backsplash tile, the addition of a full bedroom and bathroom on the ground floor, and the stunning master suite. The main drawbacks from their point of view: the loud colors that might be too busy for buyers, and the smaller main bedroom and closet. 

Modern Tudor New Build Home By HGTV Celebrity Designers

They named the winners Brian and Mika Kleinschmidt, who designed a gorgeous home with the most value added. The transformation of the entire block was amazing to see in this latest season, and we could not be happier to see the results!

Looking to move to Kleinschmidt Way? Take a look at the real estate listing for this stunning home on Realtor.com!

See more of Tile Club as seen on HGTV! Check out our feature on Fixer to Fabulous!

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