The Novogratz Family on Preparing Your Household for a Big Move: ‘You Have to Collaborate’
The first day of construction on a major home renovation may be nerve-racking for some—but not for Bob and Cortney Novogratz.
After relocating their seven kids from New York City to Los Angeles, the stars of PEOPLE.com’s new home design web series, The Castle Next Door, are calm yet excited to get started on their latest project: a 1926 castle in the Hollywood Hills.
“We’ve built houses in Soho with elevators. We built a house in the West Village where we had to go under the Hudson River. We’ve built between houses,” says Bob in the first episode from the series. “They’ve all been challenging and interesting. This is just another chapter in the book.”
The couple says the key to a successful move is all about getting the whole family involved.
“Try and communicate as a family,” says Cortney. “Definitely talk about the excitement and the fears and try to take interest in the new place you’re moving to. Ask your kids to do some research on where you’re going like great restaurants, great parks, things to do in the new city.”
In fact, throughout the series, they are so committed to letting everyone get their hands dirty that Bob and Cortney allow each of their kids, Wolfgang, 18, Tallulah and Bellamy, 17, Breaker, 15, Five and Holleder, 10, and Major, 7, to design their own space.
“You’re going to get your own area but we need some teamwork here,” says Bob. “You’re part of a family, you’re part of a team. You have to collaborate.”
To keep up with the Novogratz family’s most exciting design project yet, visit PEOPLE.com/novogratz.
—Ana Calderone, @anacalderone