We've heard a lot about the palatial, new mansion Heather and Terry Dubrow have been building for the past two-and-a-half years. So far, we know that the home will include a Champagne doorbell, a custom-designed etched glass window, and even a "throne" for Terry.
The Dubrows may have missed their projected March 1, 2016 move-in date, but The Real Housewives of Orange County couple revealed to The Daily Dish that some furniture has already been brought into the new crib, so it shouldn't be long before the whole Dubrow brood moves into new the home.
Well, we certainly can't wait to see the finished product. And we're not the only ones. Heather hasn't allowed Terry to be near the building site for the past three weeks. "I kicked him out. I wanted to have a big reveal," Heather recently told The Daily Dish. "He hasn't been here in about three weeks. He hasn't seen the furniture."
So yes, Heather has taken charge of the construction, design, and decorating of what has been dubbed the Dubrow Chateau, which is just fine with Terry. "In terms of the home building, Heather does everything, and I try not to be that idiot who comes into the middle of the project when there's construction gear everywhere and partially painted things and nails sticking out and start criticizing and commenting and judging, just waiting for the finished product," Terry told The Daily Dish. "So Heather smartly said in the last third of the project that I basically couldn't go there anymore."
Though Terry said he is excited to see the completed crib, he knows that he'll still needs to be on his best behavior when viewing it for the first time. "Oh my God, I can't wait," he gushed. "I have to not go there and just see the things that I bump up against immediately because there will be things where I go, 'Oh. Huh. What do I think about that?' And that's all you do. If someone has a perfect head of hair, but they have a couple little hairs out of place, all you see are the hairs standing up."
Even though Heather assures us that "there's nothing that's not changeable" about the house should Terry not like something, we have a feeling that there won't be a figurative hair out of place on this head. "I just tried to make every room special," Heather said. "There's a lot of very unique things that I've designed and put into this house that I'm just very excited about."
Terry praised Heather's thoughtful design of their new home. "What Heather has done in this house, which is rather than just put sort of expensive finishes that are elegant and nice, she's treated every sort of millimeter of this house in a very unique way. So the house is really wrapped — it reminds me of a very fancy present — each room has been wrapped individually," he explained. "She's done some really unique things that it makes it look like it's wrapped for a special occasion."
Though Heather and Terry have built a few homes from the ground up over the years, the Botched doctor has never carried his wife over the threshold, which is something he said he's going to try and make happen this time around. "Awww, that's all I want, honey," Heather said to her husband during their conversation with The Daily Dish.
Terry and Heather are also eager to use the house's new movie theater. "It's a 21-seat movie theater that has commercial-level, state-of-the-art A/V equipment and even little speakers in the ceiling that are designed to give you a 360, fully-immersed audio-visual experience," Terry described. "I can't wait because we spent a lot of time in our last house in that amazing movie theater."
Being able to entertain in rooms like that glorious movie theater is one of the things Heather is most excited to experience in their new mansion. "I really built this house for us to live in it the way we actually live, and it's very user-friendly, and it's got a lot of fun entertaining spots," she said. "I'm just looking forward to a really fun summer with having all of our friends over."
Though living up to a moniker like Dubrow Chateau might be a tall order for some, Terry assures us that their new house will live up to the expectations it has built up for itself over the past couple of years — and then some. "I think this house is not going to just blow away anything we've done before, but this house is gonna be one of those homes, like a Mohamed Hadid home where you walk in and your jaw just drops, both from a design element point-of-view and a scale home point-of-view," Terry said, name-dropping the well-known real estate developer and The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills regular. "It's something uniquely livable but extraordinarily large. It's like a homey Neiman Marcus."
With that kind of endorsement, it should come as no surprise that the Dubrows' new home has already garnered interest from a buyer, and one who heard about the project from way outside of the O.C., too. "There's a billionaire, apparently, from the Middle East who has heard about our house, and he wanted to look at it," according to Terry. "And I said, 'Sure, I'll let him look at it.'"
Heather was not too fond of that idea because she doesn't want this house to have the same fate as the previous homes they've built and then moved out of in a few years, even if Terry has also given the family three years before they sell this one. "I said, 'No, not happening.' This house, we're moving in, and we're staying," Heather said. "I'm tired. No more building. There we are. We're moving in."
As we await the big reveal of Dubrow Chateau, we'll get to see even more of its work in progress during the upcoming Season 11 of RHOC. And that's not all you can expect when the new season premieres Monday, June 20 at 9/8c.
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