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Scott McGillivray Brings the Future to a Modern Bayside Bungalow


Untouched for 45 years, Adam and Melissa’s future home was stuck in the past. Between rotary phones, mounted fish, and a forest’s worth of pine panelling it felt more museum than home. Hoping to bring it into the 21st century they called Scott McGillivray. With his team and designer Debra Salmoni they started to both futurize and monetize this modern bayside bungalow on Lake Simcoe.


See how Scott McGillivray brought his vacation house rules to this bayside bungalow, transforming it into a teched out smart home.

Watch new episodes of Scott’s Vacation House Rules Sundays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on HGTV Canada, also available on the Global TV App and on STACKTV with Amazon Prime Video Channels, fuboTV, Rogers Ignite TV, and Ignite SmartStream.

Dated bungalow interior with excessive wood tones.
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Stuck in the Past

Walking into Adam and Melissa’s lakeside property was like stepping back in time. Hoping to use it as a rental property until one day moving there from the city, this did not suit the young tech savvy couple. With a dated design that could only be described as pine on pine… on pine, it felt more like a rustic cabin than a modern retreat.

Related: Scott McGillivray Breathes Life into a Kawartha Coastal Cabin

Bright interior living space of the bayside bungalow
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Design in High Res

Though this bungalow on the bay had beautiful views, the looks of the home itself were lacking. To fix this Debra got to work on design, both inside and out, that would suit both guests and owners. A new calming colour scheme, updated exterior siding, and a grand flagstone pathway were just some of the elements that brought the home not just into the present, but the future.

Related: Scott McGillivray Designs a Limitless Lakehouse Retreat in Tiny


Sleek modern exterior of the bayside bungalow
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Vacationing in the Future

Since they worked in the tech sector, it was important to Adam and Melissa that the home reflected and showcased that part of their life. During the design overhaul the Vacation House Rules team worked to add modern smart technologies throughout. Smart security, a robot lawnmower, and voice activation elevated the property beyond just a smart home to the brilliant bayside bungalow. 

Related: Scott and Debra Reimagine a Cliffside Cabin in Kawartha Lakes

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