Scott McGillivray heads to Hamilton where he’s digging into the renovation of a three-storey Victorian character home for Buyers Bootcamp. After investing $90K and lots of sweat equity, the reno results are staggering (as is the reassessed value).
While Scott and home owners Vanessa and Kevin were able to save the original moulding in the living room, they decided to install a brand-new gas fireplace to give extra warmth and livability to the space.
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Lay It All Out There
Scott gave this Victorian charmer a lot of the modern design updates – such as the futuristic chandelier and boxed wall paneling – but he decided to keep the traditional living-room-to-dining-room layout.
The original hardwood floors that run throughout the main living area of this heritage home truly shine after the Buyers Bootcamp team sanded, stained and sealed each board preparing them for another hundred years of family life.
Bone to Pick
The front entry features a slate-grey herringbone tile floor, a technique that would have been popular in the Victorian era, and funky, vertically striped wallpaper, which helps to bring the space into the 21st Century.
The main bathroom keeps it simple with white fixtures and a single-sink vanity, letting the vibrant flower photo-art pull focus in this completely redone room.
When it comes to resale value the kitchen is most important room in the house, which is why Scott decided to tear out a recent reno and start from scratch – the result is this attention-grabbing stunner complete with a large banquette seating area.
A simple glass-topped range hood, a white honeycomb-tiled backsplash and soft-grey shaker cabinets all work together to present a kitchen people will immediately fall in love with – and make an offer on.
A large, welcoming built-in banquette in the kitchen gives the whole family plenty of elbow room. The tufted grey upholstery feels quite traditional but the striped seat and overhead cone-shaped pendant lights inject a youthful, modern feel to the corner.
To be able to fit an ensuite into the second-floor master bedroom, Scott had to take over a closet and a laundry area. Losing that extra storage was well worth it for the value another bathroom will add to the property.
Head Over Heels
The ensuite features a massive walk-in shower with grey glass tiles and a his-and-hers double-sink vanity – having a well-designed modern bathroom like this one will make a couple fall in love with this fully renovated heritage house.
To get this Hamilton home ready to go on the market, Scott invested time and money into the landscaping to make sure the curb appeal was at the highest level and they could get the highest price possible.
The backyard got a makeover as well with new sod and stone steps, all of which helped to get the final sale price of $704K, giving Scott and his Bootcamp Buyers Vanessa and Kevin a profit of $94K.