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 morning palette of the kitchen to the jewel-toned living room. It’s a challenge met by stunning results!
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 sumptuous and unique. Proof positive that a couple of lemons can make some seriously good lemonade!
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 includes masculine touches like a weathered barn board ceiling. When finished both rooms are winners!
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 mixed with period and modern task lighting and other accents. It’s Sarah’s take on country living!
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 fabrics and time worn accents bring instant charm and character to this brand new room!
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 tub and vanity. The farm fresh colour palette is picked from the pastoral view.
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 touches makes them unique. Proof positive that a couple of lemons can make seriously good lemonade!
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 backdrop for all-season entertaining. The neighbors will be envious!
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 colour tinting the brick. This house is ready to present its new face to the world!
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 gadgetry and busts the budget for a much-needed walkout to the new pool!
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 Sarah finally finds just the right house, which proves to be more of a challenge than she bargained for!
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 features – it’s light, bright and inspiring. These are deluxe accommodations befitting five-star status!
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 options downstairs result in modern style and practicality for guests and family. It’s a rigorous exercise on getting exactly what you want on a limited budget!
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 space and infuses the entire interior with light. This showpiece kitchen is deliciously tempting in its own right!
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 such as glass stair rails, skylights, front window and revamped fireplace create the illusion of space and bring this entire room into today!
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 where the person paying the mortgage sleeps, let their dreams be sweet!
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 gauntlet, to muster practicality and pizzazz on next to no dollars!
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 to give a fresh, new spin to this mundane chore!
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 group’s hottest new must-haves!
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. Increased privacy, new plant material, a cedar deck and stylish outdoor furniture make the most of the yard you’ve paid for.
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 renovation to-do list. With the budget compromised, Sarah works to make this family-entertainment-level work on a tight budget!
‘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 and curb appeal. Budgetary constraints, bad-weather conditions and the interior house renovation all take priority and push this makeover to last on the list. There is definitely a swan waiting inside this ugly duckling!
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 color palette are clever design decisions that prove a small room can be big on style and serve almost any use.
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 discerning eye and a solid real estate agent in tow, Sarah finds the perfect disaster and readies herself to polish this diamond in the rough!
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 added perspective on decisions made. What did the experience mean to Sarah, what can it mean in your own renovation?
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 pocketbook. The end result: affordable, functional amenities that are versatile and grow with the children.
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 funds where they’re needed most, both behind the walls and on the fun and funky decor.
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 entertain. Sarah gets the most wow factor from every dollar, making this kitchen a showcase in every way!
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 a fireplace that cannot be removed gets a new lease on life. This living room becomes a fitting showcase for a house with such lineage.
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, peaceful space without going over budget. From the rough comes this diamond of a master bathroom.
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 and walls of his and hers’ closets. Lush textures and colors, more light and sparkle make for a masterful bedroom retreat!
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 big ideas to maximize every square inch of this new home operations centre.