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Love It Or List It Vancouver: Aleksandra and Vincent

Aleksandra and Vincent bought their home 10 years ago as they thought it would be a great starting place for their family and while it has served them well, the layout and commute for Aleksandra are proving a change might need to take place in the near future … this is where my battle with Todd begins. Lol.

In order for me to get Aleksandra to stay in their family home, I needed to create an open-concept kitchen, renovate the dining, living room and main bathroom, update the sunroom and convert their multi-purpose room into a home gym all within their $175,000 budget. While I wasn’t concerned about making this home more functional and beautiful, I’ll admit, I was a little concerned about Aleksandra’s issue with her long daily commute because that one is REALLY out of my control!

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As I toured the home I could understand why Aleksandra wanted the renovations she asked for. The kitchen is pretty cut off from the rest of the house making it difficult for her to keep an eye on her children while making dinner. The living room is dated and has literally ZERO storage which would drive me bonkers. They have a sunroom that’s pretty cute but it’s scorching hot in the summer and apparently freezing cold in the winter … did I also mention it’s filled with wasps?? Ugh!! Sorry buddies, but you gotta go! LOL, I’m calling the Bigfoot wasp removal Immediately!

Kenny and his crew wasted no time getting down to business and even LESS time filling me in on the issues they quickly ran into … one being that damn sunroom. This hot, yet freezing and wasp hosting space was added without a permit which meant we had to totally renovate this sucker to bring it up to code which quickly put us over the budget. Gulp. We also ran into an issue with their main electrical panel … which was located in their bathroom … as you can well imagine, electricity and moisture do not go hand in hand, so we called the electrician Downey to get some assistance.

Welp. With the bad news comes the good news … I was SO SO happy with how beautifully their house came along. In the family room, we got rid of some of the stone from their fireplace (this used to run wall to wall and was an injury just waiting to happen for the kids) and replaced it with built-in closed storage for the toys and open storage for their mementos! We added Shiplap to two of the walls in the living room which gave it that relaxed, modern, beach house feel complete with a custom sectional. Oh, and how could I almost forget their beautiful new linear fireplace (thanks, Valor Fireplaces!!) and those gorgeous penny round tiles that surround it?! DREAMY!

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We gave them a beautiful new open dining room (check out those gorgeous lights above the table?! They’re from Design Lighting!) and kitchen along with a sweet dining hutch with wall to wall, floor to ceiling storage in a STUNNING custom dusty blue/grey colour called Atlantic Blue thanks to Merit Kitchens. All of the cabinets in their kitchen are custom along with their beautiful crown mouldings. The hexagon tile backsplash looks like its marble but it’s really a glass, and we went ALL out with it, from ceiling to countertop and wall to wall, this is one backsplash for the books!! All of the flooring throughout this reno was from Shaw Floors as well, I LOVE all of their flooring options … sometimes it’s WAY too hard to decide what to go with though. LOL!

Ps. If you want to see how the whole episode unfolds, you can watch this episode of Love It or List It Vancouver, here! Or, check out more photos of this space, here! Plus you can cruise the shopping guide for all products used in this reno, here!

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And then there was their beautiful new sunroom thanks to the AMAZING team at Four Seasons Sunrooms and Windows!! We added two beautiful french doors and brand new casement windows! The ENTIRE sunroom is brand new so it’s not going to leak or crack (and it’s wasp free, might I add!). Plus the UV glass that was installed will keep this space cool in the summer, and the in-floor heating will keep it warm in the winter! Win win!!

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Even though I was unable to give them the home gym they had been so badly wanting, I felt pretty darn good about this reveal … but you’ll have to head over to HGTV to find out whether they LOVED IT or listed it …

Thank you so much to Janis Nicolay for the photos!! Plus, be sure to follow Love it or List It Vancouver on Facebook for episode updates and more fun behind-the-scene photos.

See you all next week! Same time. Same place.



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  1. Sandra

    May 16th, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    Love your black dress! And red shoes. I am looking forward to read your blog!

  2. Ann

    May 16th, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    Can you please tell me which companies I would need to hire to do the built in living room storage, the tile around the fireplace and the shiplap as the back of the storage wall? I really want to have this done in my space. Thanks!

  3. Jillian

    May 17th, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    Hi Ann, we always use STOR – X!!!!

  4. Vanessa

    May 16th, 2017 at 7:15 pm

    This was a STUNNING reveal! Loved the open floor concept and the custom cabinetry was to die for!! Your beyond talented Jillian 🙂

  5. Jillian Harris

    May 17th, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    Aw, thank you Vanessa!! You’ve got me blushing over here!!

  6. Siobhann

    May 17th, 2017 at 9:10 am

    So beautiful Jillian! Where is that pottery with the trees from?

  7. Zara

    May 17th, 2017 at 9:51 am

    Loved this episode and how you were able to open up the kitchen and living room. Please come to Calgary again!! I wish you could do our home

  8. Jillian Harris

    May 17th, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    Thank you Zara!! Glad to hear you liked it!! I mean … LOVED IT!! Lol!!

  9. karen cooper

    May 17th, 2017 at 7:36 pm

    You did a gorgeous, gorgeous gorgeous renovation. I loved it!! I hope the homeowner finds a teaching job closer to home – that is a tough commute

  10. Leslie Jo Stubbe

    May 18th, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    Loved this makeover! I have a house on Salt Spring Island that I need help with. Would you work over there? Where do I get started? This living room is what I would love!

  11. Jillian Harris

    June 17th, 2017 at 9:06 am

    I WISH I had time to take projects like these on but I just don’t have the time!! Good luck with everything, Leslie!! XOXO

  12. Amanda

    May 21st, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    I just finished watching the episode and i loved it. That sun room looks gorgeous. It just looks so cozy and inviting.

  13. Jill

    May 23rd, 2017 at 10:59 am

    Love! Is the sunroom hexagon tile all the same color (and the color comes in variety) or did you mix in another color with the white?


  14. Alanna

    May 18th, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    Please tell me where the tile is from in the sunroom!? Love this reveal!

  15. Donna M. Autuori

    May 19th, 2017 at 7:01 am

    This renovation was absolutely stunning! I am in love with the palette, all the furnishings and especially the Four Seasons Sunrooms & Windows sunroom. It looks so inviting.

  16. Donna M. Autuori

    May 19th, 2017 at 7:01 am

    This renovation was absolutely stunning! I am in love with the palette, all the furnishings and especially the sunroom. It looks so inviting.

  17. Megan

    May 20th, 2017 at 7:57 am

    This is amazing !! What a beautiful peaceful space, my dream home !

  18. Sandy

    May 20th, 2017 at 8:58 am

    I absolutely love ? this home!!! I am going to do this design in my new home ??

  19. Monica

    May 22nd, 2017 at 6:04 pm

    Looking for a white paint for kitchen cabinets? Any suggestions?

  20. Brittany

    May 28th, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    Hi Jillian, what colour did you use on the cabinets in the dining room. I love it! Thank you!

  21. Sandy

    May 30th, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    Stunning make over❣️ I love it all

  22. Heidi

    September 28th, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    Please, please, please tell me which shaw floor that was used in this reno – I will buy it as soon as I know. I am building and need this floor. Please and thank you.

  23. Heidi

    September 28th, 2017 at 5:27 pm

    Never mind – I found your shopping links – thank you!!!!

  24. Megan

    December 1st, 2018 at 7:10 pm

    Where is the stone tile from in the sunroom? Love it!

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