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Bravo’s Top Design episode last night found our heroine, intrepid architect Andrea Keller, in charge of a garage makeover. FBLA wishes she’d worked on Clean House with us, so she’d have been prepared for the challenge of clutter.

Project Top Design is on the Andrea love train. Top Design Wiki has a poll–Goil and Andrea tie.

FBLA: Have you ever re-done a garage?
AK: I have actually remodeled a couple of them for people, not for myself–there are a lot of 1920′s garages in LA that are too small to park an SUV in so they all get converted, many into offices because the weather is usually great, can have a big open space with doors wide open. Normally you sweat out every detail, didn’t have any time luxury here at all, couldn’t stand back for a single second. I’m probably not allowed to go back to their house and finish the job but I’d love to do it.

FBLA: Building a model seems pretty artsy-craftsy to us. You?
AK: Model building is so familiar, have done hundreds of them, was so happy to be on my turf! Was completely confident building a model and pitching to the client, was like a day at my office, I could breathe. I love talking to clients, trying to pick up on their cues, my job is basically to translate people’s ideas into form. I would have loved an hour with the client, didn’t get that but just tried to run with what we had.

FBLA: Ddi you like being in charge of that team?
AK: And as for being in charge–I was pretty sure I could nail the pitch, but I don’t think the spot of leader was super enviable except for the immunity (which is obviously huge, made up for it, deal with the devil?) I knew I was heading into a massive amount of chaos and stress.

TWOP gets that part.

I do have to say that almost everyone was very eager to help and worked like mad. I was very surprised that that was the case, as you go through worst-case scenarios I was wondering if people would go for scorched earth, but literally no one did. Could have been a complete train wreck, and instead it gave me a lot of respect for the group. Didn’t see that coming, super happy about, very grateful and lucky.

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