Make a new addition to an old deck look seamless
If they add extra french doors in back, they're going to have to extend the elevated porch across the back of the house. That's just fine with them, since Jonathan tells them that with more outdoor living space, they'll get maximum enjoyment out of their large property.
Still, when you add new wood to old, new can't help but look obvious—no matter how much you power-wash the old part. So Jonathan puts a redwood stain on the entire back deck—and when it dries, it looks like the whole deck was built at the same time. Score!
Don't critique artwork until it's finished
To make the home even more rock 'n' roll, Jonathan commissions a local Nashville artist to paint an accent wall in the entryway. Aben and Ashley come for a visit when the black and white wall has been only partly stenciled and spray-painted. They see what looks like a floral theme, and they're a little horrified.
"You shouldn't judge an artist until the masterpiece is complete," Jonathan tells them. They tell Jonathan they trust his judgment, but they don't seem fully convinced about the artwork.