Oh my god you guys … I really hope you caught last night’s episode of Love It Or List It Vancouver because it was the FINALE of season 4 … and I’m not sure when we will back!! I started thinking about this last night over dinner with the girls and my eyes welled up with tears. I thought back to when myself, Kaitlin, Todd, and the whole crew first got together on this crazy journey, we’ve shared laughs, stories, and tears, all while creating memories of our own that I’ll never forget. It’s been SUCH an amazing five years with this crew and I really couldn’t have asked for better people to spend my time with … especially my partner in crime, Mr. Todd Talbot.
It’s so bittersweet writing this recap today … I’m honestly having ALL THE FEELS right now!! It just so bizarre to sit here and wonder when the next time I’ll see Todd and the crew will be … such a strange feeling. I would say the same about Kaitlin but I see her FAIRLY OFTEN … she’s probably sick of me … LOL!!!! Just kidding. I’m gonna miss that girl like HELL even though I do still see her on the regular! Alright, I guess we should jump ahead to the recap now … since that’s what you came here for!! LOL!!
Gail and Mike have been married for 33 amazing years (hold up, can we just take note of how hilarious Mike is?! This guy had me cracking up! LOL!!) and they, in fact, built this very home that they’re in now 25 years ago!! How awesome is that?! Welp, with life changing and kids flocking the nest, even MORE, changes are in order but the only question now is … do they stay, or do they go?
In order for me to keep Gail’s toosh parked right here in this home sweet home of theirs, I had to refresh the living room and family room and renovate the dining room, kitchen and master ensuite all within a budget of $200,000!
So as Kenny and his team (Oh here come the tears … KENNY!! I’m going to miss you! LOL!!) fired up this project we ran into an immediate problem with the open concept kitchen that I wanted. And that problem was a beam. Yup, a big ‘ol beam that would be a pain in the ass AND wallet to remove. So back to the drawing board for me! You think I would be used to this by now, hey?! LOL! Nope.
Even though that big beam (and a little mold on the side) threw me for a bit of a loop we came out strong with our STUNNING reno!! We installed beautiful new wide plank oak flooring from Shaw Floorss throughout along with new lighting, new furniture and a contemporary fireplace in the living room (thanks, Valor Fireplaces!), complete with a faux marble surround and storage on either side!
We also created a super fun (and very functional!) bar area in their living room (which actually used to be their dining room) so people can mix and mingle all while stirring (or shaking) up their fave cocktail!
In their new open concept kitchen, we kept the beam where it was and kept the island on an angle to avoid those hefty costs and thankfully this worked out really well for us! Not only is the kitchen completely refreshed (kudos Merit Kitchens!!) but it’s still super functional! We updated their cabinetry and added a gorgeous new backsplash to update the space!
My goodness … then there was the ensuite and that DREAMY stand alone shower and tub (good call, Gail!!) … check out that custom made rod iron enclosure!! GAH!! So freakin gorgeous!! This was all thanks to the handy work of Birdman the Welder and the Glass Doctor!!
In my opinion, this reno was a HUGE SUCCESS … a bittersweet, emotional rollercoaster, tears of happy and sad all rolled into one, success. And the best part?? They LOVED IT! Sorry, Todd … I just HAD to get one more dig in!! LOL!! As ALWAYS, thank you, Janis Nicolay for the stunning photos!!
I want to send a HUGE heartfelt THANK YOU to all of YOU out there as well, to everyone who loudly (and secretly) rooted for Team Love It over these last 5 years … and even to those who were in Todd’s Team List It corner, we truly appreciate your love and support!!
Signing off … one last time … for now …