“Flip or Flop” stars Tarek El Moussa and Christina Haack usually stick with more of a modern coastal vibe, but in the latest episode, they try something new: modern Southwestern.
In the Season 11 episode “Prickly Flip,” El Moussa and Haack buy a house in Lakewood, CA, for $455,000. The place is simply a wreck, with an ugly exterior, gutted kitchen, and a leaking water bed nearly ruining the floors.
Although they work miracles turning this house around, they face some scathing criticism on their design choices—from a family member no less. Here’s what happens, and plenty of take-home lessons you might be inspired to apply, too.
Stucco works best for a Southwest style
When Haack and El Moussa first tour this house, they’re worried about the exterior: The lawn is ugly, the siding is in bad shape, and the whole thing is an eyesore.
“It looks like a barn,” El Moussa says.
However, Haack is inspired by the cactus in front of the house and decides to give the exterior a modern Southwestern look. The team rips out the old wood siding and, instead of replacing it with more wood, they go with simple (and less expensive) stucco.
When the house is finished, Haack is happy they ended up using the stucco. It looks clean and fresh.
“I feel like probably the siding would’ve been a little much,” she says. “This feels Southwestern.”
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