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Love It Or List It Vancouver: Vivian & Don

I know I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again … I LOVE character homes!!! But they are always full of surprises. At first walk through everything seems quaint and cozy with an extra special charm … things I would like to just add to and adjust slightly. But that’s never the case!!! Vivian & Don originally bought their home 13 years ago for $650,000 and now it’s worth 2.9 MILLION dollars … BEFORE renovation!! Those are some pretty big numbers and a good chunk of change for Todd to work with!!

Vivian & Don’s home in particular was FULL of bulk heads that I was unable to move (lots of older homes have them). Since I couldn’t move them, I had to incorporate them in the redesign by adding in gorgeous crown molding to give them a heritage feel. I was also able to replace the flooring throughout, create a beautiful open concept on the main floor and get creative with the girl’s bedrooms and additional bathroom.

I loved the transformation with what I had to work with and I know they did too. We upped the value to 3.15 million dollars!!!! But … the house Todd found had everything they were looking for. Congrats Todd … I said it!!! And an even bigger congrats to Vivian & Don … it’s a big change, but change is good!!!!

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We were able to knock down some walls and open up their kitchen, living and dining room into one large open concept space. It gave the illusion of more space even though we didn’t adjust any square footage. It gave them tons of new counter space, which was all installed by Valley Countertops. We replaced their old appliances with gorgeous new stainless steel ones from Coast Wholesale Appliances. We even managed to fit in a wine cellar (my favourite part!).

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We created a separate wing of the home for the girls with new updated bedrooms and their own private bathroom across the hall. We gave them grown up spaces with tons of custom storage. Their new full bathroom was fully equipped, feminine and girly with a perfect edge, and tying everything together was this beautiful mosaic tile from Olympia Tile + Stone.

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A big thank you as always to Janis Nicolay for the gorgeous photos!!

Visit W Network for more on this Love It Or List It Vancouver episode and to see more photos of the reveal click here! Also, be sure to follow Love it or List It Vancouver on Facebook for episode updates and more fun behind-the-scene photos.

Until next week!!!


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  1. I think this is my favourite look yet! Totally going to replicate a similar look in our new home.

  2. Can you please tell me where that dining room table is from?! Love it and it is exactly what I’m looking for!

  3. Jillian I love your kitchen designs!!! Can you tell me where you sourced the lights above the island? Thank you!

  4. Hi – would love to find out where you got the island pendants and also above the dining room table. Also, the backsplash is exactly what I’ve been looking for! Source please!

    1. Please please please reply – I also desperately need to know where the table is from 🙂

  5. Oh my gosh “it’s just moving walls”?!?! Oy…… Don has clearly never seen what things are hiding in walls. Especially in a building from the 1930’s! SMH

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