Episodes

Find and Buy

Sarah Richardson takes to the suburbs. Her goal: to show you how to make design choices in a new build home to end up with a more personalized and desirable place to live. Sarah tweaks the home’s layout with the developer and then she and...

Living Room

In the developer’s original plans the living room in this large suburban home was chopped into two small rooms. A floorplan tweak results in one larger, formal entertaining space scaled to the size of this home. Sarah Richardson and design...

First Impressions

First impressions mean everything, and Sarah’s House does not disappoint. Sarah Richardson’s goal is to create style, sophistication and impact in an entryway, mudroom and powder room that tease expectations to the rest of a typical...

Kitchen

Sarah Richardson sets out to create a dramatic kitchen that works in both family and formal settings. To do this Sarah and design sidekick Tommy Smythe must devote a larger than anticipated chunk of their upgrade budget to the cause, but still must...

Family Room

The challenge? Create a family room that is comfortable, beautiful and neutral – the inspiration being caffe latte. After a slight floorplan modification in the new build house Sarah Richardson and design sidekick Tommy Smythe search out pieces...

Dining Room

Colour, pattern, texture and lighting all help to make what is often an orphan room feel connected to the rest of a typical home. Sarah Richardson adds drama to the space with among other touches crown moulding, chair rail and grasscloth wallpaper....

Girls’ Bedroom

It’s a lesson in creating a kids’ room that has style and can grow with the child. Sarah Richardson and design sidekick Tommy Smythe use a fun polka dot fabric as jumping off point for a space that is light, bright and inspiring. Painted...

Craft Room

Sarah Richardson carves a dedicated craft room from the blank canvas of bedrooms in this new build suburban home.  Sarah’s design vision of “stylized lab” is molded from a space that can easily revert to a bedroom if the need...

Boy’s Bedroom

Greys and blacks find their home in a blank canvas boy’s bedroom. Sarah Richardson kicks off the design with a zigzag fabric that inspires the rest of the finds – an Edison bulb light, wooden spool dresser and charcoal chair round out the...

Master Bedroom

Sarah Richardson introduces romance to this large, builder beige master bedroom. Sarah kicks it all off with botanical inspired fabrics and prints, fresh crisp paint colours and wallpaper on a feature wall. A vintage desk, dresser and other pieces...

Master Ensuite

The oversized master ensuite in this new build suburban house is proof that you can have too much of a good thing. Sarah Richardson’s challenge is to use the money she and design sidekick Tommy Smythe saved with standard finishes in other parts...

Rec Room

An all purpose room the entire family can enjoy. Sarah Richardson invested a serious amount of her upgrade on a basement walkout to the backyard, and ups and ante by combining a series of small boxy rooms into one multi-purpose destination. ...

Curb Appeal, Finale

Most new build homes come with little more than a patch of grass and struggling sapling.  Sarah Richardson revises the front-scape of the custom suburban home with plantings and accessories that convey a “been there all along”...

Exterior/Finale

After seeing how the farm’s exterior has come together, Sarah finally learns how much value her hard work has added to the once modest farmhouse.  A quartet of real estate agents tours the farm room-by-room, commenting on what they like...

Master Bedroom

A bold, antique market quilt forms the basis for this bright, wake-me-up space. Sarah and Tommy use it as inspiration for everything from fabric right down to the paint colour for resale shop bedside lamps. Simple barn board fitted as wainscoting and...

Family Bath

This one bathroom must service a master bedroom and two kids’ rooms. Sarah’s brief in this brand new space includes a spacious shower and decadently deep tub. Twin vanities and ample storage solutions also give everyone the space they...

Kids Bedrooms

It’s girls versus boys as Sarah and Tommy each take a child’s bedroom from studs to wonderful. Sarah’s girl’s bedroom is a study in pinks and purples and delicious comfort, while Tommy’s blue and green boys’ room...

Living Room

Sarah and Tommy design a living room from the ground up. Their main objective is to connect this new-build space to the original farmhouse through the use of paint and wallpaper, trim, windows and other fixed elements. A focal fireplace, jewel-tone...

Dining Room

A wide connecting hall bridging the original house and new addition becomes the hub for family dining. Sarah looks to architectural elements and vintage furnishings to create a welcoming space that also acts as a transition from the fresh, country...

Kitchen

Creating a cook’s kitchen from a hodge podge of smaller rooms. Sarah faces confusing flow, uneven floors and low hung windows to make this space the home’s epicentre. Big box cabinetry gets a splash of country colour, and is artfully...

Main Bath

It’s a lesson on maximizing style on a minimal budget. Sarah and Tommy modernize a tired bathroom with new fixed elements like flooring, fixtures and standalone shower. They offset the new with vintage pieces, such as a painted vintage soaker...

Main Bedrooms

Living outside of a major city can mean unexpected sleepovers. Sarah creates two distinctive and welcoming bedrooms that also work for guests. Fabrics and flea market furnishings make them sumptuous, while Sarah’s revival of architectural...

Entry & Mudroom

Living outside of a major city can mean unexpected sleepovers. Sarah transforms the farmhouse’s two original bedrooms into distinctive and welcoming quarters that also work for impromptu guests. Fabrics and flea market furnishings make them...

Grand Finale

How far have Sarah’s imagination, limited budget and sheer determination taken her? On buying the house, Sarah’s real estate agent strongly advised she be penny-wise, and spend no more than $170,000 on the entire renovation. Did Sarah...

Curb Appeal

Nothing makes a better calling card than curb appeal. It’s also one of the most expensive home renovation projects to undertake. Sarah modernizes the house’s exterior by replacing a tangle of trees, adding a skylight to the carport and...

Kitchen, Dining Room

One of the costliest renovation challenges in any house is the kitchen. Sarah bucks this trend with stylish, customized ready-made cabinetry and useful solutions for absolutely everything. Enlarged access to a side deck creates outdoor lounging...

Living Room, Entry

This is purely a case of making the most of what you’ve got.  Sarah unites a dated living room and entryway, giving them modern appeal and flexibility. A sense of drama comes via a heightened doorway and new set of stairs. Modern touches...

Family Room

Sarah breaks down the walls of this nowhere space to make a family room that serves a multitude of purposes. While the design scheme skews male, it’s meant to welcome all with comfort and style. Sarah devises a unique solution for high tech...

Tween Bedroom

A bare bones room at home anywhere. Sarah and Tommy set a budget challenge of $2,500 to bring this unused space up to the demanding specs of this fickle generation. Not only that, the entire design is positioned to evolve at the whims of this age...

Backyard

Sarah steps up to a large yard untouched since the house was built. Stone work, landscaping and green space set the foundation for a jewel-like pool and cabana.  Everything shoehorns in nicely with plenty of room to spare and forms the perfect...

Storage, Laundry

Storage is one of the most important and complex issues in any home.  Sarah makes every nook and cranny accountable by incorporating storage you don’t even notice is there. As for the laundry room, Sarah creates a colorful, light space...

Guest Suite

Another great idea from Sarah’s House! Sarah transforms unused basement space into a multi-purpose suite that works for temporary and long-term visitors, including the boomerang generation. This newly captured room brims with five-star...

High Low Bathrooms

After the kitchen, bathrooms are the most important and expensive renovations in the home. At Sarah’s House both family and basement baths give way to the wrecking ball; one becomes a showcase combination for the master. Budget-friendly...

Master Bedroom

This is one absolutely bland, beige and boring master. Sarah ups the comfort and romance factors, not before addressing moldy non-insulated closets, creaky, old wood floors, adding square footage and correcting a sharply slanted ceiling. If this is...

Nursery, Home Office

Sarah and Tommy squeeze practical style from two small, neglected rooms. The home office takes on a bold, comfortable tone, while the tiny high-ceilinged nursery becomes a serene study in whites, pale grays and blues. Each room throws down the...

Find and Buy

Sarah’s House is back and is taking on the suburbs! Over 13 episodes cameras track Sarah Richardson as she tackles the renovation of a typical back split room-by-room, bringing today’s sense and style to the entire space. That is, once...

Grand Finale

The dust has settled and Sarah is the proud owner of a brand new house! Sarah has proved that through solid planning, wise spending and a sense of humour that she can make a difference to her home. Tour the entire home from top to bottom, learning...

Curb Appeal

‘Choose the worst house on the best street’ is good real estate advice and one look at Sarah’s choice shows she listened. Outdated windows, a listing porch, dry rot and an old retaining wall must be addressed to increase safety...

Mudroom and Laundry

A kid-friendly landing spot and a user-friendly laundry room are high on this house’s priority list. After a full basement excavation, Sarah carves out well-organized, highly-functioning service rooms for the entire home. Little money sparks...

Basement

Low ceilings, chopped up rooms, damp and mould would turn most potential homebuyers away, but not Sarah! However, her visions of a high and dry family space quickly turn to nightmares when costly structural work must be added to the basement...

Kitchen and Dining

A drab kitchen and mock Tudor dining room do nothing to arouse the palate. Sarah knocks it into a vast, contemporary kitchen and dining room. Insider tips on finishes, craftsmanship and details help you to create a timeless place to cook and...

Living Room and Entry

A dark, cramped living room and foyer do nothing to add appeal to Sarah’s House. Sarah reconfigures the entire space, giving it the grandeur it lacks. Walls come down, the stairway opens up and inefficient doors and windows are torn out. Even...

Master Bathroom

A dingy kitchen and a dirty bathroom become a beautiful master bathroom. Sarah unites these two wretched spaces, cleans them up and creates one gorgeous, stand-alone oasis. Windows, doors, floors and hallways are moved to make way for a luxurious,...

Master Bedroom

A bland master bedroom gets a wake up call! Sarah doubles the size of the space by knocking down the wall to an adjoining room, and bricks up a never used window to create a long enough wall for the bed. This new layout also captures a lounge space...

Den and Home Office

Functioning as den, home office and guest bedroom is a tall order for a tight space. Sarah creates a stylish room with a versatility that can rise to any duty thrown its way. Eliminating coved ceilings, selecting large-scale furniture and a sunny...

Kids' Bath and Lounge

A dingy bathroom, dim hall and a pokey room jump from tired to inspired! Sarah captures every last inch of unused space, re-working the hall, gutting the bathroom and creating a lofty kids’ lounge and study, with a constant eye on her...

Kids' Bedrooms

The kids’ bedrooms in Sarah’s House are plagued by awkward layouts and sloped ceilings. A shoestring budget challenges Sarah to transform these tricky spaces into dream escapes for their pint-sized occupants. It means spending limited...

Backyard

Overgrown and unloved, no one can remember when Sarah’s backyard has seen better days. It will take landscapers and muscle work hand-in-hand to resurrect this hardscrabble plot into a chic, low-maintenance space for year-round enjoyment....

Find and Buy

Sarah jumps onto a hot real estate market to show you how to buy a fixer-upper and make it the house you want right away. The ultimate renovator’s dream is elusive—good bones, the right price and location are everything. With her...

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