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Howie Mandel’s Sensational Surprise

Comedian Howie Mandel loves to pull pranks, and we were down to pull off the ultimate ruse—a surprise home makeover for Rich, his best friend and road manager of 30 years. Rich had lived in his bachelor pad condo, complete with beer can wall and bottlecap table, for 15 years. Howie wanted to transform the space into a stylish home where his friend could entertain and relax. Together, we reimagined the main floor to create a space with ambiance and sleek, contemporary finishes.

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wdt_ID Room Product Type STYLE Product Company COMPANY_LINK Product Code/Sku
1 Throughout Flooring Armstrong Rigid Core Luxe Plank Armstrong Rigid Core Luxe Plank Armstrong Flooring A6438
2 Throughout Underlayment AcoustiCORK Underlay AcoustiCORK Underlay Amorim Cork Composites Perimeter Isolation Barrier
3 Throughout Baseboard 5" MDF Baseboard 5" MDF Baseboard Metrie Model # MFP8217-14
4 Throughout Wall Trim 7.25" Shiplap board 7.25" Shiplap board Metrie N/A
5 Throughout Casing Metrie 3 1/2" MDF Casing Metrie 3 1/2" MDF Casing Metrie Model # 1015SM
6 Throughout Door Hardware Brass Helios Lever Brass Helios Lever Emtek Passage Set - 5112
7 Kitchen & Dining Custom Kitchen Build Custom Cabinetry Build Custom Cabinetry Build Marvel Cabinetry N/A
8 Kitchen & Dining Kitchen Counters & TV Unit CIOT Urban Argento Naturale Sapienstone CIOT Urban Argento Naturale Sapienstone Ciot N/A
9 Kitchen & Dining Kitchen Backsplash CIOT Platinum White Sapienstone CIOT Platinum White Sapienstone Ciot N/A
10 Kitchen & Dining Counter and Backsplash Install Custom Counter and Backslash Install Custom Counter and Backslash Install Renaissance Marble Inc. N/A

Before & After


Rich is the type of guy who appreciates a warm fire, so we really wanted to make sure we got him a proper gas fireplace. Considering the condo’s unusual venting, we thought we might have to settle for an electrical unit, but at the last minute, we found this beautiful L-shaped hearth. It slots into the corner of the room comfortably but can be appreciated from any angle.


We know galley kitchens are a thing, but Rich’s kitchen was so narrow, we could barely stretch out an arm without hitting something. Taking down a wall and replacing the window with cabinets helped open things up, but what proved to be a game changer was the appliance garage we installed. Individual appliances like toasters and coffee machines can now be stored and pulled out easily, reducing the amount of counter space used.


Because Rich and Howie are on the road so often, Rich never really got the chance to settle into his bedroom. So, we transformed the plain, dorm-like bachelor pad into a modern and mature space that reflected his style in a more adult manner.

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Senior Art Director: Victoria Tonelli
Construction Lead: Caltron Construction

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