My Houzz: Kyrie Irving’s Surprise Renovation



what makes a home for me is there's an emotional connection some memories want and the people that are in it I'm Kyrie Irving and this is my house 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 Grigori 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 that he would divide the time up of working all day and then teaching me how to play basketball or dropping my sister off at Dance class he was really super dead 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 wants 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 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 Stephanie something that we just need to open up from there you walk through a small door and into the kitchen definitely fix up the island area as well as a lot of memories of me being in that kitchen washing dishes all night and me and my dad had a really long talks my dad has an idea that we're doing something special for him but he doesn't necessarily know exactly why he trusts me enough that I'll get the right team to really fix up the house I live in Cleveland my dad's house is in West Orange New Jersey so I turned to house for this renovation house it's 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 house comm looked up for local designers in West RJ Jersey and the long Angeles sound for profile looked at summer designs I thought that she can find that that balance between modern and traditional Jules and I scales were meeting here in Cleveland to go over the design ideas from my dad's house before we jumpin I want to ask you about the hungry and humble sign on your wall tell me about it it's a monster that my dad gave me to really live by through basketball and life I'm just always having a hunger for more and always striving for perfection and then humility it's one of the most important things and makes me who I am and it 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 he loves really old finishes with a modern scent okay blue is his favorite color I think oh okay something to play on with Navy but a little flair of some colors here Nia that sounds perfect Jill set up an idea book on house to collaborate from she can show me different ideas she has and I can ask what she has already done where I think we should start is in the living room I'll go to my friends I'll take this picture of each of the fireplace you guys to use the fireplace nothing which is so nice and to have seating around a fireplace again they just tied 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 okay well wonderful kids entertained on that those need incredible parties but people are just going a difference based in the house and that's where everybody kind of lounge around some of the rooms feel a little closed in as well as to see where that light shine into the kitchen also I'm sort of thinking of what if we could create a larger entrance into the dining room maybe to 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 more in the dining room up as much as possible from you 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'll be great for our big party gathering and having things that were having over our house great well just click Add to Cart and then just purchase it and you can either check out and preview but so one of the things that really struck me with your kitchen is you have this really small island that has storage in it those all my doesn't it well I get the idea there's nothing to do with me waiting and I don't say how much mana because you okay okay just because I know money you can't get me well you can't get any me the countertop Enzo 10 right okay so I'd like to come up with a better solution frame and then I would like to incorporate one fixture that comes down from the ceiling a pendant fixture in the kitchen I like this one for maybe over the island will always make a spoon okay rule click on the piece added to cart purchase and wallah 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 bowl navy blue with a hint of orange I like the design artistically I think people will come in like hey where did you get this tile from which is always a conversation started it has a WOW factor about it I like it so let's get it in your attire for best pop my hair out of you pretty good everything's good that's not going to be for a super long time no no thank you my sister Asia will be taking over the reigns with you from here while I go through my season so I know she's excited can't wait to get nations inside as well and it is very very important than poor data we kind of get this right sorry have a nice meeting me 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 she can be close to a brother oh yeah I'm sure Asia pleasure to meet you I will meet you as well and I know you have some great things planned for us yeah yeah I know it let's start in kitchen yeah okay you go away okay we want to make this a really inviting space because you know everyone congregates in the kitchen which makes it really fun so the life 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 what how we can work that out okay you know the first thing I noticed in the diner coming in is this step I would love see that go away that would be great because a couple of people have tripped over there especially during this party yes yes yes we need to explain to resolve that yes you absolutely there is you 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 a major change but what would happen here is then you'll have a completely transformed flow of traffic in the space and it'll be better if you want to show me the living room yes okay great let's take a look 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 socializing as a party's we do so we need to accommodate people for comfortable seating conversation areas maybe some pink 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 going to be a wonderful project so wait there's one more room that I think we should take a look at this would be a great surprise to the project I love surprises yes let's take a look Wow so this is our trophy room tell me why your dad has so much of kairi's trophies in here so he likes to give him his accomplishment just as a gift to him but the other thank you yes that is so meaning it is very special so this is going to 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 a jewel tell you see ya see you again I'd like you to meet Asia hi Anthony nice on you too so this is the other side of the wall facing the dining room we're going to take the finishes off the here to 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 Ava growing a pair of designer work goggles and I was ready to go grab a nice big hammer I'm not here with a lot of foam right here your mark get set go [Applause] winner yeah [Applause] [Applause] Anthony you here oh my gosh this is amazing look at this I'm actually right through the kitchen worked out really well what we saw earlier before we started the demo was there was a step up into the kitchen yes we got down to the subfloor and how many layers do you think there were six or seven six or seven layers unbelievable we were looking to lower the floor and raise the ceiling little bit just feeling a much more dramatic change than even at the floor oh my god I'm jazzed about that we're going to preserve yeah just about it be careful here here's the other okay something that happened years ago okay and they just kept piling floor on top before no one ever knew there was an issue oh my gosh and then we're going to just change out the whole section okay it's been four weeks since construction started hey just going to be meeting me at the house to see how the progress is going this doesn't even look like my house anymore oh is that a good it was a big deal knocking down all the walls in her dad's house so I am so relieved by agents reaction that first I was a little hesitant but now that I see it come to life it's amazing are you ready to see the trophy room I know you can see it already yeah I love this what do you think I love this color have you told your brother about the tree were you keeping it secret or talking or our than that wasn't about this okay occasion it's so excited about this trophy room and I love that she's keeping it a secret this is so different for you and since I'm Aiman I think we should call Kyrie play my hot ideas yeah okay okay good I was in the car and I got a call from agent Jules hello hey well are you guys we're great how are you doing I'm good just getting out of practice well we have a surprise for you Oh big surprise the house will throw different let me do it we're gonna give you a little tour we're standing in the dining room facing towards the living room can you see a lack of something yeah the wall yeah the walls are now they're gone now pretend you're at the front door now it's really open right it looks so much brighter here now it does that snazzy backsplash you selected on house shop isn't really going to make quite a statement in the kitchen really yeah it's gonna be pretty it will what wasn't what Wi-Fi yuto's doesn't know yeah it's really just between me and it decor well I have something that I'm keeping between me and Jules to say yeah on you and I respect your artistic expression it's really a silent competition between us on whose idea would be better so it's just diddling robably at its finest that's all it is good to see the progress that's going on I'm excited I love you so do I let me tell I'll talk to you later all right signing off take it easy bye I was the fact that he is enjoying this process I think he likes it I'm so anxious to meet read the man behind the house I'm picked up my dad and we're headed to meet Jules and Asia at the house my dad is extremely anxious but you know he's definitely excited to finally get back to his house that's tomorrow okay so we've got a lot to do before your dad and Kairi arrive feeling that anticipation is a little nerve-wracking but I'm going to keep my calm cross my fingers and hope for the best I think it's in the right place I'm excited to see exactly what it looks like okay but I know as much as I'm excited my dad is even more safe and then the lamp gets on the table my sister has been a great extension of me throughout this whole process so I'm definitely excited to see what her and Jules has come up with all right so I think we're good yes we're ready for your dad and Kyrie need to come so excited for them to see I can't wait I just couldn't wait for the project to be completed this is what I've been for you know substantial amount of years and there's so many memories in this house but just not knowing not having control I'm just really anxious to get back and to actually see those crinkle field site is about today so sorry how are you it's nice to meet you Jim yeah this is Armand thanks we got all good are you ready yes I think you're excited we got a surprise for you guys we're so right let's make it up all right man my dad walk in I'm hoping that he's open to the newness of what we've created as much as I am you know we just have to go on with the open mind and really trust what jewels in Asia today Oh incredible I'm like speechless it looks so much bigger I feel like this is the way the house is supposed to be yes it does so the living room you notice we painted the brick the mantel on the fireplace to give it a lighter feeling incorporated the shelving I have lots of places for family photos navy blue is one of your favorite colors I wanted to give you a nice large navy blue sofa selected some accent colors looks great well it has a very warm feeling and yet remains masculine in the dining room your beautiful table really shines a little really what then it gives you that Thanksgiving about all the time family intimate environment still here so I'll just love the two really cool green chairs and we replaced your old storage piece the new console adding additional storage the cabin is really nice you're standing where a wall used to be really yeah so the wall was here and we had another wall here and I will see you right up to the stairs and then we also opened up the wall leading from the dining room into the kitchen we're walking through the imaginary wall today and I want to point out to you look it's all even I want you guys to know if there were seven layers of flooring in your kitchen that we peeled back and then the ceiling went up about seven inches it seems so much larger and a lot larger I want you to notice the backsplash remember Kairi this is what you selected one house I walk in and I'm speechless that person and then I look around and I realize the ideas that were shared an idea but we're now brought to life this is an exciting moment and I'm just I really just trying to live in it this kitchen is unbelievable it feels like home but it just feels like it's more like her you said like this is hard should be you know I'm I said house it means to you but it's still so warm that and we know how much you enjoy having people here and we enjoy being here as much as possible I just gives it house more options it gives it just more of an identity now and it is now we create from this point on and I think patient you have one more surprise if you have one server big surprise so Asia take the lead I don't really have an idea of what a surprise is but I know it's definitely coming our dad this is a new trophy Wow how do you like it I love it it has actually all of our accomplishments we have your stuff from Boston University that Island yeah you know we keep it old everything yes I mean I didn't even know we still have some year old oh jeez I mean it better than all this does it's overwhelming to see all of your accomplishments in one place it's not so much that is more or less totally survived one day my dad gave up his dream for my sister's dreams and my dream team he knew that from the beginning it's incredible to see that he has every single trophy I'm sorry this is actually really means a lot just a lot of memories share with not only my sister but with my dad and crazy to design this room and bring this to life is awesome you did a wonderful job and it yeah when I got to the folks room it was an emotional moment for me it's a special moment it really is for all of us when we were closing the family and to see those guys get emotion was really fun this is speechless Kanan conjured words but um there's been a long time waiting this has always been my dream to knock that wall down but I never envisioned that would be like this the house was definitely a success a lot warmer now more spacious opens up a lot more opportunities for my dad now in this house thank you you're so um you know welcome the travel of party alright let's go start it off right oh there's more possibility than now we can work with and I think he's ready to do that I love the open oh yeah this is my child I chose thanks it wasn't me it's pretty I'm just so great for the agent area just a good feeling as a parent to know your kids have your back and they think about you and it's just some nice gesture on their part we're all gather here today for an amazing person you know that we just add just a little bit of thank you for everything that you've done not only for the family but everyone else around here your social guys open areas this is a big thank you to my death what a buddy done for not only me but for my sister through the technology of house I was able to bring the vision to life I'm not claiming anything I have a player say I like this word great athletes world agency manner and across Pittsburgh emphasize friend I'm telling my dad's teaching that I wouldn't be here so it goes without even being said how much thanks you try to give a man like that you

23 Comments

  • Shaz b.ali.

    April 15, 2019

    What an incredible n inspirational family Amazing Dad n Awesome Kidz

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  • Melgie Cortel

    April 15, 2019

    Aw I love this video! ❤️

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  • Phresh Likedat

    April 15, 2019

    Kyrie has an amazing character.

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  • laurenashleyguti

    April 15, 2019

    I’m a die hard warrior fan and now a fan of the Irving family!

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  • GoshTasha

    April 15, 2019

    Beautiful family! Inside and Out. Loved this!

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  • Lynette dunn

    April 15, 2019

    Beautiful

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  • Shy Davis

    April 15, 2019

    I'm totally crying ???

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  • kerry nelson

    April 15, 2019

    wow

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  • Jasmine Suther

    April 15, 2019

    Beautiful a wonderful family?

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  • lena harris

    April 15, 2019

    Family is everything

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  • David Rogers

    April 15, 2019

    This is good dad raised some great kids

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  • Tiffany Gibbons

    April 15, 2019

    Jerseyyyyy

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  • Deborah Jibben

    April 15, 2019

    Beautiful story! Love this family!!! Dred is soooooo cooool!!! <3

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  • Nadaabby

    April 15, 2019

    Kyrie tearing up is just heartwarming

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  • Lyric Jacovi

    April 15, 2019

    Love his Aura

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  • Raymel Warfield

    April 15, 2019

    Loved this! He sacrificed for them ,and they repaid him for it! ❤️

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  • mena94x3

    April 15, 2019

    Your dad seems amazing – those pics at the beginning – there’s so much love in those eyes. What a wonderful gift for him!

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  • Dani B2000

    April 15, 2019

    They are a beautiful family.

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  • Toni Hogan

    April 15, 2019

    That was so refreshing to watch what a beautiful family

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  • thena marie

    April 15, 2019

    Sweet

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  • Felicia Grisham

    April 15, 2019

    Amazing! I would have gotten a larger sofa, he's tall!

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  • Stephanie Davis

    April 15, 2019

    I Lost It??!!! Crying!!!

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  • Rock Chase

    April 15, 2019

    Wish I was raised like that with a Father Good Job family life is lost without yall

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