I recently realized I had gotten into an HGTV rut. I DVR’d the usual favorites but didn’t know what other shows were out there. For the past two weeks I’ve been exploring the HGTV schedule to try new things, and that’s when I discovered Boise Boys.
Clint Robertson and Luke Caldwell are friends who call themselves “the odd couple” of renovation. While Clint focuses on the construction and the bottom line, Luke is a designer who has the vision for transforming the run-down houses they buy.
In one of the episodes I watched, they bought this tiny “shoebox” of a house in the historic North End neighborhood of Boise, Idaho, and transformed it into a modern Craftsman, adding a front porch and a second story. Take a look!
A Modern Craftsman: Before and After
The house was small with 2 bedrooms + 1 bath.
On their website they write, “Frankly, there was nothing attractive about this shoebox home other than its North End Boise location.”
“It was narrow, smelly, dark, and came with its own back yard dump! We had to look really hard to find any redeeming traits in this sad little home, but we were able to capture a vision and ultimately the location sold us on the Ugly Duckling.”
Luke, the designer of the duo (shown below), says:
“This was one of the most difficult homes I have ever attempted to design for. The exterior had zero curb appeal and the interior had no flow and the floor plan was at best confusing.
“Ultimately, the thing that allowed me to get my mind around a design scheme was first knowing the whole front of the house had to change. I knew I wanted to embrace the original Craftsman style of the home, so I decided to add two new gables and a front porch.”
They transformed it into a modern Craftsman. Here’s how it looks now:
A new front porch adds some outdoor living space to the small house.
They finished the attic and added a floating steel staircase to the new second floor:
What’s a Craftsman without a fireplace? They added this one to the front room:
Clint used old wood from the house to create the kitchen hood:
Luke says, “I wanted to give the home a Modern Craftsman feel with a handful of Scandinavian touches throughout.”
“From the natural wood floors to the super white dolomite counters, this Ugly Duckling was truly becoming a swan.”
The kitchen island was painted the same shade of blue as the exterior:
The new second story added two more bedrooms and a Jack-and-Jill bath:
The first-floor now has a master suite with a bathroom and walk-in closet:
They painted the focal wall the same blue as the exterior and created a plant ledge in the window:
The back door entry is a sunny space with the new windows:
Luke and Miranda Caldwell have six children. Four were adopted and some have special needs:
You can read their inspiring story here. (Photo via Luke’s IG account.)
Luke and Clint run a home reno and real estate business called Timber and Love:
We met by chance. We were two family men just trying to provide for two completely different families . . . for that matter, we were different — an odd couple! We each had a passion for real estate, but even in that we were different. Our opposite natures were the perfect complement to each other and together we were so much more than we could’ve ever been apart. Timber and Love was born and the joy of transforming homes in our community has sparked a fire in our lives and friendship.
Then, the phone rang, and it rang again, and again . . . . Production companies were reaching out because they had heard about what we were doing in Boise, Idaho. We were truly blessed when, High Noon Entertainment (of Fixer Upper fame) sent-out a crew to film us doing what we love — making Boise even more beautiful through home renovation.
This fall HGTV announced that they’ve renewed Boise Boys for a second season with 13 more hour-long episodes. I’ll be watching! 🙂