In the Autumn of 2009, purchasing a home in Crestwood looked very similar to the market of today. Though some wish the pricing had remained the same, one couple is thrilled that the neighbourhood continues to appreciate in value, particularly after they managed to secure a 1950’s bungalow with loads of potential.
Like many first time home-buyers, the young professionals had to balance their idea of what communities would suit their long-term needs with their budget. With family and friends residing in the area, Crestwood was atop their list to secure a lifestyle they could enjoy as their family evolved. The proximity to downtown allowed for quick commutes to downtown offices. The schooling catchment is notoriously one of the most desirable in the City. Add the abundance of nearby green space, and the community solidified itself as a focus area for the couple.
To make the leap into this picturesque setting, a fully finished, turnkey property was not possible within their prescribed budget. They happened upon property with great bones but in desperate need of some TLC. Rather than sacrificing the quality of the renovations they would undertake on the home, the buyers prioritized their upgrades, tackling everything but the kitchen in their first overhaul.
In 2015, the couple decided to develop a dream kitchen worthy of the rest of the home. They engaged the team at Full House Renovations to help them achieve their vision of a traditionally styled, open concept custom built kitchen with a focus on purpose oriented design and high quality finishes. From concept to completion in three quick months, the couple realized the game changing benefits renovating can offer: more quality family time, easy entertaining, increased storage and improved functionality.
Barry Jaenen, owner of Full House, has some important tips for consideration by anyone looking to undertake an ambitious renovation:
- When considering a home to purchase and renovate, the key is great bones. Well maintained properties with higher than average square footage for the area and original finishings are ideal. Think “Grandma’s house”.
- Before you start, get a detailed scope of the project. While it initially acts as an estimate, it becomes the foundation and plan as work progresses. Time spent planning upfront helps you finish on time and on budget.
- Select a contractor you communicate well with. It is inevitable you will have questions throughout the project, and when they come up, you want a point of contact you can talk openly with.
- Considering hiring a contractor with full time employee trades, versus one that subcontracts out to various others. This will help to ensure the overall consistency and quality of the final product, and simplify any future warranty needs.
Interested in tackling a new project? Get in touch with Full House Renovations here.