Jenn Todryk of ‘No Demo Reno’ Reveals a Dated Bathroom Feature That Absolutely Must Go


Social media influencer and designer Jenn Todryk makes a lot of risky moves in her home renovation projects on the reality TV show “No Demo Reno.” But in the episode “Between Friends,” she does something with real disaster potential.

No, she doesn’t decide to start ripping out walls and changing the floor plan while the ceiling comes crumbling down. The whole point of her show is to orchestrate remarkable renovations without significant demolition.

Instead, she takes on a renovation for her best friend, Elisha Jardine, in the greater Dallas area, which Todryk also calls home. To add to the drama, the women’s husbands and kids are besties, too.


Jardine and her husband, Greg Jardine, love the layout of their 1989-built home but don’t like the dated finishes. So Todryk nervously accepts the challenge to renovate the kitchen, dining room, living room, and primary bath. But she worries about what will happen if the Jardines don’t like her work? Will it be awkward times from here on out?

Todryk explains her choices
Jenn Todryk explains her design choices.

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The ominous possibility of disappointing her pals hangs over the entire episode and causes Todryk to up her game more than usual. Adding to the pressure, Todryk promises to finish everything in six weeks.

The Jardines give her an impressive $150,000 budget—Todryk’s most significant budget ever.

Want more drama? Todryk takes on another project at the same time. It’s a one-room makeover of a spare bedroom into an office/guest room for the Luther family. That project has a $10,000 budget.

A lot’s at stake in this episode as Todryk tries to prove she’s up for multiple challenges. Yet she still manages to give many tips and tricks that would be useful to anyone, anywhere.

Push back on the cooktop

New kitchen where the sink and stove switched places for safety's sake
The new kitchen where the sink and stove are in safer places

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The Jardines have a narrow island in the middle of their kitchen. And right on the edge of it sits a four-burner stove. We see how this could be disastrous when the couple’s young children—who can’t see the countertop—reach up to grab something. They could burn their little hands on the burner or hot pots and pans.

Todryk’s solution is to put a sink where the cooktop is—tiny fingers are in no danger when they reach up to a sink ledge.

She then relocates the range against the wall across from the sink, where the counters are wider and kids can’t reach the burners. Safety problems solved.

Repurpose the formal dining room

Dining room repurposed as a library/sitting room
The dining room was repurposed as a library and sitting room.

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Very few families use formal dining rooms these days. But the one in the Jardine house is just too beautiful to let sit empty. The room has expansive windows looking out to the verdant lawn, window seats, and fabulous light.

Elisha says she’d like her own grown-up retreat in that space. So Todryk turns it into a sophisticated library, knowing how much her friend loves to read.

She adds custom floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, then paints the entire room (including the ceiling) a lovely grayish green. She also adds comfortable, creamy furniture.

The room is stunning. But we have one question for Todryk. What book lover wants an entire library of books positioned with the pages out and the spines in? Has Todryk considered how difficult it would be to find your favorite tome when you can’t see the title?

One or two books positioned with pages out might be a current design trend. But a whole room of them is just annoying to the avid reader. So perhaps it’s time to stop giving precedence to what looks good on Instagram and start considering what works best for the client.

The carpet in the bathroom must go!


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The bathroom where terra-cotta tile replaced wall-to-wall carpet

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Once upon a time, wall-to-wall pile carpeting in the bathroom was considered a chic design trend—and a cozy, soft, forgiving alternative to cold, hard tile.

Then bathroom moisture began generating mold and mildew. Or a burst pipe or an overflowing tub or sink caused irreparable (and stinky) damage.

So the first thing Todryk suggests when she enters the 1980s en suite bathroom is ripping out the carpet and putting some chic, “show-stopping” tile on the floor instead.

It modernizes that bathroom, making it more sanitary and easier to clean. It’s beyond time to rip out the carpet in your old bathroom if you haven’t already.

Decide who rules the multipurpose room

Dual office/guest room
The dual office and guest room

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And now it’s time to take a detour to the Luthers. They have a spare bedroom they want to use both as an office for the husband and a guest room for the wife’s family.

When deciding on the tricky layout, Todryk observes that guests will stay in the room a few weeks a year at most. But husband Jeff will be using it as a functioning office daily, so his professional needs come first.

“Every single inch of this space matters,” says Todryk as she measures space for a sofa sleeper and a desk across from it. That way, it looks like an office first and a bedroom only when guests stay overnight.

Todryk also reconfigures the closet so a quarter of it is devoted to hanging space for guests. Then Jeff can use the rest of it for files and office supplies.

Create a ‘banging’ conference call background

Appropriate conference call background
Now that’s a cool conference call background.

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One of the significant professional disruptions over the past several years is the number of meetings happening by video. Many people forget to consider what colleagues are seeing behind them.

And so that’s one of the first things Todryk considers when she positions the desk in the room and assesses what will go on the wall in sight of the camera. Next, she does what she calls a “banging” job of putting a picture frame molding on the wall behind Jeff’s back. And then she hangs a shadowbox full of antique agricultural tools since Jeff is in that business.

It’s beautiful, it’s professional, and it’s customized. It makes you want to reconsider what you’ve got going on over your shoulder during a Zoom meeting, doesn’t it?

Do Todryk’s professional and personal relationships remain intact?

Todryk miscalculated the paint color on the living room walls and has to repaint. That misstep pushes the whole project back a week and makes her very nervous.

And the fact that Elisha bursts into tears before she even enters her newly renovated house is also nerve-wracking.

But as you’d suspect, those are tears of joy and gratitude. The Jardines absolutely love what their friend has done to the place and can’t wait to invite Todryk’s whole family over so they can enjoy it together.

Once again, Todryk had made a significant design difference in a fraction of the time it takes most other renovators.

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