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Vanilla Ice: Breaking the Rules of Home Renovation

The rapper-turned-renovator thinks outside the box when it comes to flipping houses on "The Vanilla Ice Project."  Hear his unique ideas for landscaping, green design and even building a human slingshot!


These days, '90s rapper Vanilla Ice (aka Rob Van Winkle) is all about flipping houses. After turning his hobby into a full-time gig, he currently stars in DIY Network's "The Vanilla Ice Project," which is entering its third season.

In an exclusive interview with FOX News Magazine, the landscaping enthusiast and eco-energy buff shares some of his favorite parts of the home renovation process, from using eco-friendly utilities to constructing a human slingshot.

“I love doing the outside stuff," Vanilla Ice says. He counts landscaping as one of this "favorite things," and knows how to "put a master-plan landscaping design together."

When it comes to a home's interior, Vanilla Ice likes to use earth tones, throw pillows and crown molding "to make a home cozy and inviting!" He's also a self-proclaimed fan of  "less carbon footprint stuff," and likes to use "LED lights or air conditioners that blow over a block of ice and cool your house instead of the old compressor unit” to reduce electricity use.

But his biggest renovation trademark may be his ability “to go outside that box.”  His earlier projects including installing a lazy river and 3D game room in one home. For an upcoming Tahitian-retreat theme, he's building a "human slingshot."

Sounds daunting, but as Vanilla Ice says, "The bigger the challenge, the better the reward."