While Mother’s Day for a lot of sons means remembering to buy a card and a bunch of flowers, for this student it involved redecorating the entire house. 

The student decided to remodel his childhood home in Homestead, Iowa as a special surprise for his mom.

‘It’s my way of saying thank you to my mom,’ the 37-year-old new father said, calling it his ‘lifelong dream’.

‘My mom has been like the greatest influence in my life, and anything I can do to say thank you is the right thing to do.’

 As he lives in Beverly Hills and is also father to a new seven-month-old baby, the actor was able to remodel the house remotely. 

‘It’s a house I helped build with my stepdad when I was 13 but these days we’ve all moved out and kind of outgrown the space,’ explained.

‘I just had a daughter, my sister just had a new son. 

‘And I want to make it fit for the next generation.

‘They’re going to be living with grandkids running around.’ 

The student has remodelled one of the bedrooms to fit bunkbeds, which he says will be able to be used when his mother’s grandchildren come to stay.

He also dramatically revamped the American-style living room, which used to have recliners, John Wayne memorabilia and Chicago Bears merchandise. It is now lighter, modern and minimalist, with a large wide screen television, modern fire and corner sofa.  

The renovation and home improvement took 27 days to install all the elements the student wanted.

‘We’re tearing the entire house apart so if my mom doesn’t like it, somebody’s in big trouble.


The student helped build the house when he was 13-years-old with his stepfather, Steve, who played a big role in the remodeling process.

He told: ‘The one thing that has eternally bonded my stepdad and I is that my stepdad loves my mom as much as I do. 

‘When you’re the oldest son, and your parents have gone through a divorce, you’re always mistrustful of any other guy. But He stepped in and a lot of ways was there for me in ways my dad couldn’t be there for me. I’m one of those people in this world who’s lucky enough to have two dads. I’m just a blessed person to have that much love in my life.’ 


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