Fourteen years ago Mary and her siblings came together to purchase this house for their parents. However, despite the stunning mountain and ocean views, it’s situated on a hill in which Mary’s parents were anxious about due to traditional Chinese Feng Shui beliefs, one should not live on a hill, as a slope without significant plants and trees will have little nourishing energy to offer. Needless to say, they weren’t sold on the house but that didn’t stop Mary and Calvin as they decided to go ahead and purchase the home for themselves instead (even though it wasn’t the perfect home that Calvin was in search of!!).
While Mary is aware that their house is in desperate need of renovations to make this space more comfortable for the both of them, she is quite content with their current location considering the fact that it’s a two-minute drive to their family owned restaurant and there are multiple delis and cafes nearby. While Calvin is also a fan of the convenient location, he ultimately struggles to call it home, even after all of these years. As soon as I heard that, I knew right away that my main goal was to not only complete their renovation requests, but I had to succeed in making this house a home for Calvin!
Mary and Calvin made it quite clear that they love to entertain (being restaurant owners and all, it comes quite naturally!), they also have quite a large family, so cooking large meals in a tight kitchen and fitting everyone into one dining room to enjoy each other’s company was literally impossible!
With that being said, we managed to create a beautiful open concept kitchen and dining area by removing some walls and pushing the dining room into what used to be the living room. With all of this new-found space, they can easily wine and dine their friends and family comfortably (and ALL in one area of the house … SCORE!!). Complete with all new appliances, a custom island, and new luxury floors throughout from Eckowood Real Hardwood floors, this was a space made in entertaining HEAVEN!
To tie the kitchen and dining space together (and make it even COZIER) we updated their fireplace with a brand new gas insert from Valour Fireplaces and refinished it with this gorgeous Dekton veined white marble slab by Cosentino creating a tranquil, inviting space for all to enjoy.
In addition to the kitchen and dining area, we desperately needed to revamp their living room (or should I say, Mary’s Jewelry making factory!!) so we started by removing the walls that separated the kitchen from the dining and living room which quickly opened up the main living space and with help from Mary and some of Calvin’s family members we picked out a brand new couch that Calvin would LOVE and sink into while winding down from a busy day.
Last but certainly not least we refreshed the front entry for a warmer, more welcoming feel which is much more inviting not only for guests but for Mary and Calvin as well! A while back Calvin took on the project of moving the laundry room from downstairs to upstairs and while he got off to a good start, it was still a work in progress, so we lent him a helping hand and completed it for him, hiding a stackable washer and dryer behind what looks like a closet in the entrance – this will surely save some blood, sweat and tears down the road (and give him more time to kick back on that new couch of his!)!
While all of the stunning renovations beautifully transformed their home and opened up Mary and Calvin’s eyes to the potential of their current home there were a few requests I was unable to complete. Due to an unexpected HVAC failure in their restaurant, funds had to be pulled from the renovation which prevented me from tackling their master bedroom, enlarging their ensuite, creating a jewelry studio for Mary and landscaping the backyard for their dog, Hockey. So, while we were able to increase the value of their home by $175,000…they felt they just needed the outdoor space for their beloved pup…and Todd found them a stunning home that offered just that (plus more!) and needless to say, though they loved the changes we made, they decided to move forward and list it!
Ya win some, you lose some, right Todd?! Lol!!! Until next time…
A big thank you as always to Janis Nicolay for the gorgeous photos!!
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I’m already counting down the days until next week’s reveal … fingers crossed they LOVE IT!!