Holy man, it feels like it’s been FOREVER since I’ve done a Love It Or List It Vancouver blog and I’m eager to share all of the pretty details of last night’s reveal with you, so let’s not waste any time and get right to the good stuff!
Last night’s homeowners, Kim and Teri (and their two children, Rachel and Zack), have lived in their 70’s house for 6.5 years and while it’s been working for them, there are a few things that could be improved. The layout of their home wasn’t very functional and it certainly wasn’t as efficient as it COULD be … they have a major lack of storage and closet space, there’s no separation between the living room and the rest of their house … oh, and among other issues, the windows have bars on them! Eeeppp … talk about feeling like a prisoner in your own home!
So, in order for me to get this family of four to love their home I was asked to renovate the kitchen, dining room, living room, master bedroom, master ensuite, family room AND restructure the front entryway and stairwell … OMG … this is starting to sound like my “fixer-upper” …
The nail biter here … they have a budget of $195,000 for the renos which is A LOT of money but when it comes down to it, it’s really not enough for everything they have on their list, and we ALL know that 99% of the time renovations come with some unexpected (not so fun) surprises, and this home was no exception. While I was straightforward with Kim and Teri from the get go and we worked together to reduce their wish list to ensure we stayed within their budget, Kenny broke the bad news to us shortly after discovering a huge plumbing issue … water leaking from the pipes, corroded copper and walls are filled with mold, in addition, their ensuite walls in the shower were completely moldy as well. Ugh. Cringeworthy.
Needless to say, we had to, unfortunately, chop a few more items from their wish list in order to make this a safe and livable home for this family. Did I also mention their deck was totally rotted and that needed to be completely torn down and rebuilt too?? Yup. It was a nightmare.
Welp. I gotta say that even after all of the stress of the mold, their newly renovated home was a show stopper. We painted the exterior of the house blue and the front door yellow, with paint from Cloverdale Paint (we used this outside and inside!) the new deck was so inviting with new glass and an aluminum railing. OH … and we removed all of those damn bars from their windows as well … HELLOOOO FREEDOM!!
We gave them a stunning open concept living room equipped with a beautiful new linear fireplace that was finished with a sleek modern texture tile and we also added built-in storage on the either side of the fireplace for books and toys. We replaced their flooring with gorgeous 7-inch wide plank oak floors from Shaw Floors along with a custom sofa in their living room. Let’s just say I didn’t want to leave the coziness of that space!
Ps. If you love seeing all of these photos make sure to stop by HGTV’s Features page to see ALL of the photos of every reveal!
Next up … the kitchen, ohhhh, this was the icing on the cake! We widened the entry and surrounded it with a beautiful new bookshelf leading into the kitchen. Custom cabinetry was installed which provided them with SO much extra storage. We added new countertops and a brand new window in its existing location which helped to enlarge and brighten up their once cramped space.
Last but not least, the master bedroom … check out the custom made bed, I LOVED that pretty walnut colour and check out those midnight blue sheets from Bedface …they pair sooo nicely with the walnut bed, don’t you think??. The two floating side tables give Kim and Teri some extra storage space and look edgy in addition to the funky lighting and cool wallpaper behind the bed. My favourite part of their master bedroom is when we turned their wasted space in their bedroom and gave them a WALK IN CLOSET!! That’s what I’m talkin’ about!
In the end I was unable to restructure the front entry and stairwell and renovate the family room and there was a few stressful moments BUT with everything we WERE able to do we ended up increasing the value of their home by $300,000 which is a SCORE in my books!
Stay tuned for next weeks episode!