Ant Anstead Is Like an 'Excited Schoolboy' Planning Remodel of Post-Split Home: 'Bring It On'

The Celebrity IOU: Joyride host moved into his new Laguna Beach house in June after parting ways with his ex-wife, HGTV star Christina Haack, last year

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Ant Anstead can't contain his excitement as he gears up for his home overhaul.

On Wednesday, the Celebrity IOU: Joyride host, 42, announced the plans he has to remodel his new Laguna Beach, Calif. property, sharing a photo on Instagram of himself looking at the design plans.

"This is NOT a drill…. I have actual plans in my actual hands for the upcoming Temple remodel! 😱," he shared in the caption, using the nickname he's given the place, Temple House. "I'm like an excited schoolboy with all the cool and creative things I want to do with my home!"

The British-born automotive expert and TV personality continued, "The hardest part will be preserving the heart and soul of this historic home! Something I am good at with cars but have only done a few times with homes. My mind is spinning with cool and creative ideas. Bring It On."

Ant Anstead
Ant Anstead/Instagram

Anstead shared the news of his new home purchase exclusively with PEOPLE in June, calling it "the house of my dreams." He found the property after months of searching for a place with a view of the ocean that would work for his new life as a single dad after finalizing his divorce from HGTV star Christina Haack. Haack announced they had split in September 2020 after less than two years of marriage. They share son Hudson, 2. Anstead also has two older children from his first marriage, daughter Amelie 18, and son Archie, 15.

Anstead later revealed to his Instagram followers that he was feeling "grateful" for the peace he finds in the home. "No matter how bonkers the world gets….. the Temple sanctuary switches off and washes off the crazy," he wrote.

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"I am so grateful to unwind in this space! Look what god did! Oh, and speaking of bonkers, wait till you see what I'm gonna do with Temple home!" he continued in his post. The caption accompanied a video showing off the spectacular sunset view from his living room with soft music playing in the background.

Anstead previously admitted to PEOPLE that spending 10 months in the tiny apartment he rented immediately after moving out of the family home he shared with Haack, was a blessing in disguise.

"I was looking for a house quite quickly [after the split], probably after three or four months, because I felt displaced, I felt homeless," he said. "But for whatever reason, it just didn't work. And I think now, looking back with the benefit of the last nine or 10 months, I've realized that actually, being held in that really simple space, not only has it meant I've ended up with the Temple House, the house of my dreams, but it's actually meant that I simplified my life. I've realized how little I need, and what's important. I don't need anything but Hudson and my health."

He continued: "All of a sudden, I just had this overwhelming sense of gratitude."

Ant Anstead and Renee Zellweger
Ant Anstead and Renee Zellweger. Ant Anstead/Instagram

Anstead is also feeling "really grateful" to spend time at his home with his new girlfriend, Renee Zellweger, 52. The pair met on the set of his Discovery+ show in early June and began dating shortly thereafter.

"I mean, there's no hiding it," he told host Jeremy Parsons on a recent episode of PEOPLE (the TV show!) "Everyone knows that Renée and I are dating." He and the Oscar-winning actress made their relationship Instagram official in September.

Ant Anstead - Renee Zellweger
Ant Anstead/Instagram

The father of three continued, "I'm really grateful to the show because these amazing things happen in your world and sometimes when things collide, they collide at the most obscure times when you least expect them. And that's what happened in this case."

The Judy actress has also gotten to know Anstead's youngest son Hudson during their time together.

"They do beach outings, go for ice cream and other child-friendly activities," another source said. "They're spending most of their time together in Laguna Beach since Ant lives there, and they seem very happy."

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