By Tina Chadwick
Since Atlanta has once again become the film capital of the South, it’s no surprise that more and more movies and TV series are shooting in and aroundn the city. The latest is reality show called Mega Dens for the DIY Network.
If you’re willing to get your hands a little dirty in exchange for one of the coolest family living spaces in Atlanta, apply to be a Mega Dens family. Designer Anitra Mecadon transforms family rooms, dens and basements into dreamy spaces worthy of gracing magazine covers. The show airs Sundays at 8:30 p.m.
Mecadon spends time with the selected family to learn about each member’s likes/dislikes and also how the family dynamic plays out as a whole. She then puts her design skills to work drafting up a creative 3-D rendering that incorporates the family’s unique wants and needs she’s uncovered along the way. The renovation and filming takes place in just five days.
For a musically-inclined family, Mecadon made end tables out of old drums and cymbal sconces. But it’s all not just cool design. The rooms actually function as well. The music room had a sound-absorbing wall and additional wiring for all the equipment. She made a coffee bar out of aged wine barrel board and used railroad wheels so that the whole thing could be rolled out of the way.
Each member of a selected family is assigned a skill-appropriate task to help out with the renovation during the first couple of days. Then, the family is banned from seeing the final touches on the room to build excitement for a big reveal where the family is taken into the space and shown the metamorphosis.
“You’ll see lots of good ideas done really well,” said the show’s casting and field producer, Brian Bremer. “Sometimes it’s found items reused in fresh ways or it’s high tech toys like a touch pen TV that really make it all work for each family. The show is practical and modern all at once.”
Builders and brothers, Michael and Joey Scialabba, bring Mecadon’s ideas to life meticulously––even within the constraint of the 5-day turn-around. They assemble the right cast of builders, suppliers and other contractor partners to coordinate a seamless build out that all happens to be under the unblinking eye of cameras at every turn.
“There is constantly something funny going on. I mean, when you hand a paintbrush to a child, there’s going to be some artistic license. Somehow Anitra makes it all work.” Bremer mused. “There are also tense moments given the task and the timeframe. One homeowner accidentally screwed through Joey’s finger – that was a trip to the hospital!” But the house still made schedule.
If you would like to throw your den in the ring for consideration to be a Mega Dens family, visit diynetwork.com then search “Mega Dens Casting”.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.

2 replies on “Mega Dens: DIY show creating den envy in Atlanta”

  1. I was wondering if your show is broadcast in my area?
    I live in Wall, NJ 07719. We’re located at the “Jersey Shore”, (of Snookey fame), in Central New Jersey, approximately 50 miles south of NYC.
    If not, how might I go about viewing your shows?

    Thanks

  2. I was wondering if your show is broadcast in my area?
    I live in Wall, NJ 07719. We’re located at the “Jersey Shore”, (of Snookey fame), in Central New Jersey, approximately 50 miles south of NYC.
    If not, how might I go about viewing your shows?
    Thanks

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