As far as home improvements go, sex rooms are not generally considered smart financial investments. What future buyer would want anything to do with someone else’s adults-only romper room?
But practical considerations did not deter Brody Danger, an artist’s manager by day and burlesque drag dancer by night, from appearing on the new Netflix home renovation show, “How to Build a Sex Room,” which premiered July 8.
“My favorite thing about getting older is you stop caring what people think,” said Mx. Danger, 31, whose mother, a real estate agent, strongly advised against embarking on such a specialized project. “You’re the ones that are living in it now.”
Mary Poppins of sex rooms. (For those in search of euphemisms, she also calls them “sacred spaces” or “fantasy rooms.”) So she makes for an obvious addition to the Netflix lineup. The streaming network has been angling to corner the self-care niche of the home-improvement genre with shows like “Get Organized With the Home Edit” and “Queer Eye,” two shows that attempt to solve personal problems with practical fixes. “How to Build a Sex Room” is the next iteration of that concept. Ms. Rose peppers the homeowners with questions about their most intimate fantasies, encouraging them to lean into design changes that please no one but the two people sitting in front of her.
The result is a show that hews to the HGTV script, but with a twist. The guests present a design challenge and Ms. Rose sets out to solve it. The show is not short on sledgehammers, Sheetrock and plumbing problems. There are vision boards, replete with graphics, renderings and gushing descriptions of textured wallpaper and shower tiles. And there’s an affable plaid-clad contractor named Mike who’s up for testing the new leg restraints on a bed. It all ends with a big reveal and tears as the happy couple relish the transformation.
“We’re going to make great use of this room,” said one guest, after she explored her new leather and neon retreat with a spanking bench and bondage cross, accessible by a ladder hidden beneath floorboards emblazoned with the warning, “Caution: adults at play.”
At the center of the home renovation genre lies a mantra: Improvements should not just improve your life, but your property value. Kitchens and bathrooms should be designed with a future homeowner in mind, one who would be willing to pay a hefty sum for the Instagrammable space.