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Posted Jan 21, 2011 @ 4:24 PM

I like tihs show; Rob (dba Vanilla Ice) is knowledgeable, friendly and generally a good host.

The only confusion we had at Casa Darth was that the episodes concentrate on one piece of the reno (the garage, the dining room, the pool...), but many things rare happening at the same time.

Example: They open up the attic over the dining room in one episode and put in a wicked home theater. That episode showed them opening up the attic, figuring out what needed to be done, overcoming a couple of obstacles (structure!) and then sitting down to watch "Holmes on Homes" in the finished theater.
But a "later" episode showed them working on the dining room, and Handsome Dan putting his foot through the ceiling. In that episode, the attic was unfinished, yet clearly opened up. You could see the thin metal joists with no structure over them, and the attic walls were also bare.
Took us a minute to figure out what was happening.
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Posted Jan 21, 2011 @ 5:41 PM

Example: They open up the attic over the dining room in one episode and put in a wicked home theater. That episode showed them opening up the attic, figuring out what needed to be done, overcoming a couple of obstacles (structure!) and then sitting down to watch "Holmes on Homes" in the finished theater. But a "later" episode showed them working on the dining room, and Handsome Dan putting his foot through the ceiling. In that episode, the attic was unfinished, yet clearly opened up. You could see the thin metal joists with no structure over them, and the attic walls were also bare. Took us a minute to figure out what was happening.


I think they tried to lump all the work on one project in one show. Dan's foot going through the ceiling happened while they were working on the dining room, so it went in that show. I actually like this format better than showing a little bit of every project. You sort of lose the flow of the project when you only see snippets of it. It is a little confusing, but I don't think it's that big of a problem.
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Posted Jan 21, 2011 @ 5:41 PM

*double post*

Edited by Sandstar, Jan 21, 2011 @ 5:41 PM.

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Posted Jan 26, 2011 @ 12:28 PM

SparksFan59 are you saying all of those episodes already aired on HGTV?


No, they've aired on DIY. The show is new to HGTV, so I'm not sure which episodes have been shown thus far.

I just caught the Media Room one this past weekend on DIY, so now I've seen them all. I truly hope for a season two.
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Posted Jan 21, 2012 @ 2:29 AM

This show is back for a second season starting tonight on DIY.
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Posted Jan 21, 2012 @ 10:36 AM

Thanks for the heads up on the second season! I really enjoyed the first season. DIY isn't something I regularly check on, so I would have missed it.
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Posted Jan 21, 2012 @ 9:39 PM

On all your recommendations I've started watching. I missed the first 1 1/2 episodes. But I was amazed at the labor intensive nature of a custom railing. And I found the kitchen completely boring and generic. But the kind of thing someone buying that kind of a house would probably expect. I have many left of season 1 to view and am looking forward to season 2 with all of you.
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Posted Jan 22, 2012 @ 3:49 PM

Great show but he's not entirely honest on the some elements of the house. For the 2nd season, the house is located in Lake Worth, not Palm Beach, it is located in Palm Beach County. The house is in a neighborhood with new builds and small ranches, not a affluent community. The house is also located on 1.38 acres and 5000 sq ft under air. I think he states 3 acres and 10,000 sq ft. He makes some amzaing inprovements but Legend Lake Estates is not Palm Beach.
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Posted Jan 23, 2012 @ 6:45 PM

It's great to have the show back. I really enjoy this one.
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Posted Feb 12, 2012 @ 8:01 PM

The foot through the ceiling was clearly, obviously staged.

Rob is doing this to make money. I don't understand why you all are going on about this being just his hobby. He's the face and marketing arm (and probable equal partner) for a real estate investment group. He and they scout for homes that were worth a lot prior to the bubble, that have fallen into disrepair, and for a small amount of $ they can re-sell the house for a great deal of $.
I think we figured they made $300k or so on the first house in the series. You can find the house's purchase history on Zillow, and he tells you what everything costs. One would imagine the show can get inexpensive materials and subcontractor assistance in exchange for product placement and advertising.
If they can make $300k in nearly 3 months' work, then that is net profit of $1.3+ million in a year.
However, if they buy a few houses and don't turn them quickly, don't finish them quickly and under budget, and don't sell them at the right amount, then they are staring at 7 figure losses as a business. Some of you probably condemn people like Terrell Owens and other famous, rich figures for losing their fortune... well, Rob isn't looking to lose his ass in bad investments.

I'm surprised by how Rob is nearly likable. However, his doofus, played out, B Boy routine is embarrassing. When he is not clowning, he seems like a good guy who knows the business side of contracting.
What I really dislike about the show is
1. that he's building the cheesiest, tackiest "homes" I've ever laid eyes on. I put homes in quotation marks because no family could ever consider these monstrosities as a home... they're inexpensive status symbols for the douche bag with too much money and too little sense.
They're laid out stupidly (a microwave UNDERNEATH a countertop? A home theater in a closet that can barely fit a sofa?) and they use the cheapest, most fake materials possible and lay on the faux-luxe look thickly. The homes are suitable to shoot a porno or to satisfy the midlife crisis for a nouveaux riche couple.
2. his moronic, yes-man sidekick who is probably the last person in the world who should be on a TV show. He's what, 55 years old, can't do much with his hands, acts like a 13 year old, has neck tats and wears that retarded flat-billed cap sideways and just repeats what Rob says verbatim. He makes me cringe so badly, I can barely watch the show. The other guys are earnest handymen/contractors who have skills and work hard to get things right and right fast. The sidekick is just insufferable. He'll sink the show or inhibit it if they want to have many seasons of this.
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Posted Feb 12, 2012 @ 9:48 PM

that he's building the cheesiest, tackiest "homes" I've ever laid eyes on. I put homes in quotation marks because no family could ever consider these monstrosities as a home


He's giving buyers the typical Florida McMansion. Or as the mister and I like to call that home style "New Jersey mobster's mistress' home in Boca". I'm one of those folks who goes to Parade of Homes every year, and Rob's homes are actually somewhat reserved compared to some of the 'luxury golf course homes' I've seen. (You should have seen the one we called 'Scarface's bathroom'.)
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Posted Feb 13, 2012 @ 5:40 PM

his moronic, yes-man sidekick who is probably the last person in the world who should be on a TV show. He's what, 55 years old, can't do much with his hands, acts like a 13 year old, has neck tats and wears that retarded flat-billed cap sideways and just repeats what Rob says verbatim. He makes me cringe so badly, I can barely watch the show. The other guys are earnest handymen/contractors who have skills and work hard to get things right and right fast. The sidekick is just insufferable. He'll sink the show or inhibit it if they want to have many seasons of this.


Oh my God, YES. He irritates me so much that I had to flip the channel to avoid him for a while (every single episode). That one guy is making them look like utter tools, just by association.
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Posted Mar 31, 2012 @ 12:48 PM

Does anyone else think the house he's rehabbing now is his personal home? That cupid with the machine gun was put on the bottom of the pool and painted into the garage. Is that his "brand" logo? Why would you put something like that everywhere if you were doing a spec house? His daughters decorated the children's bedrooms, again in a way that was quite specific and wouldn't appeal to as many people as possible. There also seems to be an "Ice" theme throughout.

The first season he seemed to focus on appealing to as wide a market as possible. This season there seems to be way too much personalization and money put into things that wouldn't necessarily have a return.
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Posted Mar 31, 2012 @ 3:05 PM

If he is doing the house for himself, I wish he would say so. I stopped watching because I mostly didn't like anything he was doing. However, if it's for him, I'd watch out of curiousity as to how he wants his house to look. Agree with way too much personalization for a spec house.
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Posted Apr 2, 2012 @ 7:29 PM

One of the reasons I prefer season one to season two is the scale of the second project. It's too over-the-top for my taste. I know there is a market for those types of homes here even in a down economy, but I preferred the original home that, even though still well over MY budget, did seem like a home I would live in. While watching the pool reclamation/upgrades, all I could think was "that LCD TV is going to be ruined in the salt air/rain!". If I'm so cheap that I'm worried about the waste of money on a $1000 TV, then I obviously have no business with that place. I live one county over from PBC, so I see these huge, overdone homes on the market, but I can't help feeling this season's home is being done more for the spectacle, and not for the sale. Obviously there are people out there who might get off on buying a home seen on TV, but all these over-spent options don't seem a logical way to go with a spec house.



And it also sucks that DIY gives it such a lousy time slot.
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Posted Apr 3, 2012 @ 9:39 PM

I saw the home theater episode today, where he spent a quarter of a million dollars on an "Ice Palace Theater" according to the sign on the wall. That's another couple reasons it's has to be his personal home. No way would you ever sink a quarter of a million into a theater and then put a custom sign on the wall calling it the Ice Palace if it is a spec home.
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Posted Apr 7, 2012 @ 10:47 PM

Maybe part of the selling point of the home will be "as seen on the Vanilla Ice Project," and they put that nameplate up only so the eventual homeowner can say "Oh, did you see that episode where they made this room over?" Though I don't even see the value in that, because someone paying $2 million for that house probably don't need the ego massage of having a home seen as part of a home-improvement show.
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Posted Jan 30, 2013 @ 10:14 PM

Saw the "Wellington" property the other day. Really liked what they did to the house. Seemed like it was mostly cosmetic, and making it a "smart home". Thought that was really cool. Don't know if they wired it with cat5 lines, or it was already done before that. They weren't really clear on that. That home was pretty much my dream home. Loved the movie theater, smart home feature, server room. The pool in the back was the topping on the cake. Wonder how much that home was selling for. If I ever won the lottery, I'd pretty much buy that home.
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Posted Feb 8, 2014 @ 7:16 PM

New season starts March 8th on DIY.


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Posted Mar 8, 2014 @ 10:55 PM

I enjoy this show, but boy howdy, why has he started making everything so gaudy? My husband says he'd hire him to redo a house of ill repute.


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Posted Mar 21, 2014 @ 7:31 AM

I'm a little shocked he has a daughter who is in her mid teens, it seems.


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