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Darren Criss Surprises Friend and Manager With a Gorgeous Backyard Studio

Darren Criss surprising manager in yard with Scott Brothers

If you’re ever so lucky, fate brings a person into your life that you know you were destined to meet. For actor, singer and songwriter Darren Criss, the friendship with his manager Ricky has without a doubt been written in the stars. The two met by happenstance and bonded over ’90s music. After a few jam sessions together, Ricky saw Criss’ potential and helped him land his first music and acting gigs and the rest, as they say, is history.


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“I think the dream for anybody in any profession is to be able to work with your friends,” said Emmy and Golden Globe award winner Criss. “Ricky has devoted an unfathomable amount of time-more time than I believe I deserve-away from his wife and his kid to make my dreams come true.” As a token of appreciation for his dear friend, Criss enlisted the help of real estate and renovation experts Drew and Jonathan Scott to create a gorgeous flex space in Ricky’s detached garage.

Together with the Scott brothers, they transform his friend’s underutilized space into a much-needed office and guest suite. From demo to final design, Criss was there helping Drew and Jonathan through it all. “Ricky is easily one of the best things that has ever happened to me in my entire life,” Criss explained. “He has invested so much of himself into making my dreams come true.”

Related: LeAnn Rimes Surprises Longtime Friend With a Spectacular Entertaining Oasis

Viewers won’t want to miss the final reveal of Ricky’s backyard studio – it’s the ultimate work-from-home oasis you’ve been dreaming about since 2020. The bright and airy backyard studio features ample room to work and play music, a gorgeous bathroom and shower, a mini kitchenette and a dedicated space to host overnight guests. As the cherry on top, Ricky is also surprised with a fully functional outdoor kitchen and luxury hot tub, making this an unforgettable backyard makeover that is sure to inspire.

For even more jaw-dropping design transformations, this season of Celebrity IOU features your favourite Hollywood A-listers, like Kris Jenner and Kevin Hart, surprising friends and mentors with life-changing home renovations.


Celebrity IOU airs on Mondays at 10 PM E/P on HGTV Canada and is also available through STACKTV with Amazon Prime Video Channels, or with the new Global TV app when you sign-in with your TV service provider details. Keep checking in to for show reveals, articles and updates.

Image courtesy of HGTV.

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