Now that Jonathan and Drew are back in their “home and native land”, they’re tackling renovation projects in and around the Toronto area. In just seven weeks, they managed to turn this tiny, suburban brick bungalow into a slick, open-plan stunner.
On the Hunt
House hunters Julie and Patrick had looked at more than 200 homes in the GTA before calling in the big guns – the Scott brothers. Drew managed to close on this property at $1,360,000, which was just over asking.
Open Up Wide
The modern living area is brimming with character thanks to stylish additions like mid-century modern furniture and framed art prints (note how they’re leaning against the wall instead of hung for a more casual and layered look).
Limited Screen Time
Since the couple decided they didn’t want a TV in their main living area, Jonathan thought up a subtle, eye-catching alternative at the far end of the room – a soft-blue, chevron-patterned shiplap feature wall.
A rough-edged wooden ledge sits on top of a set of custom cabinets on the back wall of the bright and airy living room. Lots of storage was a must on Julie and Patrick’s renovation wish list, which they now have in spades in this contemporary home.
Go With the Flow
The dining room is mere steps from the living room and features a round, wooden dining table (chosen by Jonathan to maximize square footage) that sits directly under a funky, vintage-inspired smokey-glass pendant lamp.
The curved lines of the mid-century modern furnishings in the dining area make the space feel warm, welcoming and truly on trend.
The exposed grain of the wood credenza and the beveled-glass vases add texture to the dining room decor, while the aerial beach art print brings in an element of playfulness and fun.
Closet to You
When Julie and Patrick first stepped into this cramped 1,000-square-foot bungalow, one of the first actions the Property Brothers promised to do was open up the narrow entrance and add a proper front-hall coat closet.
Another Brick in the Wall
Walls came down, hallways were removed and the house opened up to become a shining example of open-concept living, but the revamped bright white kitchen is the star of the (renovation) show.
Let There Be Light
The white shaker cabinets, marble-like quartz countertops and light oak floors throughout the kitchen all work together to reflect the natural light streaming in through the space’s new window and glass door.
When a Door Closes
With full upper and lower cabinets in the renovated kitchen, Julie and Patrick have plenty of storage options to choose from, checking off one of their most important renovation must-haves.
Cooking With Gas
A set of new stainless-steel appliances are key to making any new-to-you kitchen feel fresh, updated and modern. The fact that the high-end gas range has six burners is just gravy.
A deep double sink is strategically placed below a new window to give the space a burst of natural light – and the designated dish washer something interesting to look at while rinsing.
To get some more usable square footage, Jonathan blocked off an entry into the kitchen that was no longer necessary, and turned this prime, floor-plan real estate into a sweet breakfast bar for two.
Throwing a Stitch
As an avid quilter, Julie dreamed of turning one of the property’s four bedrooms into her own personal crafting studio where she could create without getting in Patrick’s way or messing up the house with fabrics and threads.
Right Brain Design
Jonathan listened and worked his design magic…now Julie’s sewing machine and fabric samples are all contained in this brilliantly laid out creative space conceived with Julie’s crafts in mind.
Barn Raising Party
Double-panelled barn doors provide a sleek alternative to traditional cupboard doors, exposing stacks of shelves where Julie’s artistic endeavours can be displayed or stashed away.
Not wanting to waste a single square foot of this compact home, Julie’s craft room also doubles as a guest room, with a cleverly concealed Murphy bed that folds back into its wall casing when not in use.
Tuck Me In
When the Murphy bed is tucked away, it looks like a beautiful wooden wardrobe so as not to distract from the clean, organization-focused concept of Julie’s quilting and crafting room.
Sealed The Deal
The Property Brothers not only finally found this exhausted house-hunting couple the perfect fixer-upper but, after a seven-week renovation and a budget of $102,000, they also managed to turn this tiny brick bungalow into Julie and Patrick’s light-filled dream home.