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‘No Demo Reno’ Reveals Where $800 Might Be Hiding in Your Home—for Real

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On “No Demo Reno,” host Jennifer Todryk is a sucker for romance—so she’s thrilled when she’s called in to help some newlyweds feather their nest.

In the “New Space for Newlyweds” episode, Todryk meets Ann and Bobby Pequeno, who are starting a new life together.

“Ann has lived in this house for 12 years, but recently married Bobby,” Todryk explains. “He feels like a guest in his own house.”

To make it feel more like their house rather than her house, they’ll redo the kitchen and primary bath—without removing any walls. That’s Todryk’s jam, and she’s able to save clients amazing amounts of money and time by doing things her way.

“I’m just so pumped to give them a design that’s going to make them look at their house together as a married couple,” Tydryk enthuses. “The whole thing is a big identity crisis.”

Todryk has seven weeks and $85,000 to make the spaces reflect both Ann and Bobby in a fun, new way. In the process, she delivers some truly smart tips that could work in our own homes as well.

Yellow is no longer mellow in the kitchen

Old yeller kitchen
Old yeller kitchen

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There was a time, several decades ago, when a yellow kitchen was considered warm and cheery. Alas, that time has passed.

Blues, greens, whites, and grays are now the colors for a modern kitchen. Todryk suggests using blues in this kitchen because they’re nice and calming—specifically, navy on the bottom cabinets to anchor them.

“Navy is classic, it’s dark, it’s rich,” she says.

She also goes for a subtle white and gray tile backsplash with a geometric pattern. It’s not too busy, so she can take it all the way to the ceiling. It looks superb!

Renovated kitchen
Renovated kitchen

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Hang curtains in the kitchen

Curtains in the kitchen breakfast nook
Curtains in the kitchen breakfast nook

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“I am a sucker for curtains in the kitchen,” says Todryk as she hangs some graceful white and gray curtains around a window seat. This works especially well in a pop-out window where people might sit, softening the entire area.

“What curtains do is make a kitchen, something that can be sterile, seem very inviting,” she says.

Down with brown in the bathroom

Old brown bathroom
Old brown bathroom

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Nothing dates a bathroom like dark brown tile, according to Todryk—and even Bobby knows that.

“There are too many brown tones in here. It looks dark,” he remarks.

Todryk will fix that by removing everything in the bathroom—all the fixtures, the vanity, the cabinets, and the ugly brown floor tile. Then, she’ll replace them all with light, white cabinets and gray and white geometric tile.

She paints the walls in a greige color, which is a mix of green and gray. Again, it’s a winner.

Freshly renovated bathroom
Renovated bathroom

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Go for a romantic shower

A more romantic, double headed shower
Double showerheads, for more romance

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In order to be considered “romantic,” the first thing a shower needs is space for two people. The Pequenos’ current shower doesn’t even have enough room for Bobby alone.

So Todryk moves the shower to the space where the big, seldom-used tub once stood. Then she puts showerheads on two walls, facing each other, so the couple can shower together.

Of course, that will require extra plumbing—about $1,000 worth. Todryk knows exactly how to come up with the extra cash.

Sell the old appliances

Recycling a refrigerator
Recycling a refrigerator

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Todryk lists the Pequenos’ old double fridge for sale online. It doesn’t fit the new kitchen layout, but it’s still in great shape.

Lo and behold, a couple comes over, pays her $800 for the old fridge, and carts it away. It’s recycling at its best!

Elevate a cabinet with glass doors

Bathroom cabinet with glass doors
Bathroom cabinet with glass doors

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Todryk decides to put a floor-to-ceiling cabinet where the old shower used to be, but she’s not happy with the results.

“It’s like a wall of just white cabinetry,” she says. She gives it a thumbs down and blows a raspberry.

“I want glass on the top,” she says. “I just feel like the top could use a little pizazz. You know, hardware, towels folded up nicely, maybe a little plant, more for, like, show.”

It turns out this can be done with minimum hassle. She returns the old cabinet doors for $200 in credit, then purchases new doors with glass for $250, which is covered in the budget. It makes a huge difference.

How does this no-demo renovation turn out?

As expected, the Pequenos are absolutely delighted with their new spaces.

“I’m so happy, I’m crying,” exclaims Ann.

“We’re incredibly grateful,” says Bobby.

And they’re also happy that Todryk was able to stick to the $85,000 budget and seven-week deadline.

Todryk, who’s always perky about her outcomes, is especially pleased with this one.

“I love this project because this story is so real and so genuine,” she says. “They want to have this home be their home, not just Ann’s home. It’s a new place for them to settle in now as a family together.”

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