The Quesnell Heights Reveal.


AHHHH, this post is soooo overdue! It will be 1 year on October 4 since we took on this project. I actually can't believe it has been that long, but sometimes doing it right takes time... and LOTS of money LOL. This is a house I took on knowing it would need a lot of work that hopefully no buyer will ever know it needed ( if I did my job right). Unfortunately, this is usually long and thankless work but it is more important to do it right when you put your stamp on it. We had to have qualified and respected engineers and trades get us to where I could make it pretty and last year it was a bit of wait in our area to get those trades out on site so a lot of the early part of the process was just a waiting game. But we got there and while I have had it finished for about a month, I debated on staging it but ultimately caved and I'm getting the staging all finished as I have a moment now that school's back in.

But let's start from the start and walk through the whole project together since it's been A LONG time since you've seen it. Instead of taking a year to write up a complete source list I think it would be easiest if you have any questions about anything just leave a comment and I'll respond directly to you in the comments!

Let's go!

Here was the house last year.


We did a new aggregate cement step, new lighting, new garage doors and a new HUGE driveway out here. We also did all new sod and landscaping but I now see I don't have photos of all that. But it happened and was a good amount of work and improvement!


The only spot we didn't change a thing was with the back yard. The house sits on half an acre on a ravine and I loved the massive deck and pool so we just let a good thing do it's thing.


Keep in mind I only took photos of the demo as the befores (except for the few I stole from the old listing). Here was our foyer before.


And after, with new recessed lighting it feels really large and bright.


There's a powder room just off the foyer


To the left of the front door we have the HUGE living room. image IMG_0873 image IMG_0878imageIMG_0877 imageIMG_0880imageIMG_0910IMG_0903 IMG_0894IMG_0915

Just off the dining room we have our old kitchen. It was small and had a eating nook as well which just didn't seem useful when you already have such a huge dining area nearby.

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So the amazing folks at Superior Cabinets helped me come up with a larger layout that put lots of workspace and storage in place. I was so impressed with them and will definitely use them for all my upcoming projects. There is still room for seating around one end of the island to keep it a family space.


We did modern white cabinets on the bases and then a wall of cool grey streaked paneling for the fridge wall. The upper cabinets all lift up on lifts for an extra cool touch. IMG_0889

We did a sleek gas Bertazzoni range and decorative glass hood fan. And a wall of marble to keep it clean and modern.


More storage where the eating nook was formerly.

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The master was a minimal makeover, but maybe my most controversial! I took out the only closet which was making furniture placement awkward. I'm hoping potential buyers will see the payoff is worth it and can get comfortable with buying a super cool long dresser for under that window instead (or doing an upright armoire on a different wall)


The ensuite is CRAZY huge. But they used all the space on a 4 man jacuzzi. So we took everything out and added a shower.


We were also able to get a double vanity in place too which made a lot more sense. Superior cabinets did all our bathrooms as well and I did the grey streaked finish in here as well for more texture.


The skylight makes it so bright and ethereal in here.


The family bath in the hall is large, but hard to shoot. we did a large vanity and new tile.


The two bedrooms were straight forward.


We finished the whole basement (2,000 sq feet!!) as well for extra living area.


I have no befores down here, but I just love how open and spacious the two family rooms and bedroom are.


Thanks so much for your patience on the eternity it took to share this property. I can honestly say this house is BY FAR my favourite property I've done. It just has an amazing, welcome feeling when I'm walking through it and I will honestly be more than a little heartbroken when it sells.

cleaning up Quesnell

We are on the final few days of our Quesnell Heights flip! It has been a long but rewarding journey for this house. We have tackled every imaginable hurdle but if there was ever a house worth it, this it the one.

I'll do a big photo dump here as soon as everything is finally cleared out, but so I just had to share a few snippets! Here is our new front step and driveway, this house has a beautiful wrap around driveway that does a loop in front of the front door.

Our foyer is bright and happy, and in need of a door knob.

The BIG beautiful living room. My FAVORITE spot in the whole house.

Our amazing kitchen by Superior Cabinets has turned out like a minimalist dream. We have an eat in island and tons more storage.

The view of the pool is not as cool as it will be since our pool is still empty, but it will be up and running ASAP!

I know it's been so long since I shared the last update that it's nearly impossible to remember what it looked like (you can see that post here) but it really is unrecognizable! Thanks for being so patient on this one *wink wink*

Quesnell Heights, the befores

I have had the keys for a bit now, and we are already finished all the demo, but I realized that I didn't go get all my before shots at Quesnell Heights, and I definitely haven't shared them so today I am taking you on a tour of what things look like when I am down to my blank canvas. There actually wasn't a ton of heavy demo, just mostly removing old flooring/cabinetry/trim.
When you walk in we have a bright, double door and large windows on either side of the front door!
The foyer is a large room actually, with a closet, bathroom and hallways leading off it.
The back door is at the end of this hallway to the right. We took out the garage closet to make the hall brighter and more open. It kind of stood out like a sore thumb before.
Down to the fully finished (which we will be updating) basement.
Back off the foyer is the large, bright living/dining room.
This room is so cool, and has the perfect minimalist/mid-century feel.
Seriously, how cool is that fireplace???
And what you pay the big bucks for, the ravine (the house is on half an acre and even has a pool out there!), out these gorgeous windows.
The kitchen is where most of our efforts will be spent in this house, along with the master bath. Everything else is just paint and flooring because I don't dare mess with perfection!
The kitchen was original and it was time, but I will say that it was ahead of its time. Subzero fridge and simple white cabinetry with hidden handles. The original owners (who we bought it from!) had oodles of style.
The hallway to the bedrooms/bathrooms.
The main floor has two bedrooms and a master, and there are 2 more bedrooms in the finished basement. I just love the light and windows in here.
The other bedroom is a mirror image.
And whoever is paying for the house has the sweetest spot with a close up, private view of the yard.
We removed a closet addition to make for more option on bed location, and allow more light from this window in. There are so many windows in the master!
And the master bath is ready to be glammed up in an understated, elegant look.
The main bath for the other bedrooms holds the one thing we salvaged: a newer tub LOL.
And just because I was freaking out a little last week when a coyote wandered into the yard and came right up to the windows while I was there, then stuck around for about a half hour doing this:
I knew there was a lot of coyotes in the city, but this guy totally spooked me!!
Thanks for coming on my little tour today, and have a great week!