Modern Makeover for a Dated Bungalow

Scott McGillivray teamed up with rookie investors Amanda and Marty to transform a dated 1950s corner bungalow into the ultimate dream home. They had 30 days to renovate the property before it was time to sell and there was plenty of work to be done.

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Scott invested $60,000 of his own money into the property. Was it worth it? Let’s find out. 

Before: Kitchen

The kitchen, a.k.a. the most important room in the house, was in need of a little TLC. Outdated cabinetry and appliances as well as lackluster flooring needed to be replaced in favor of more updated features. 

After: Kitchen

Now, this kitchen is the crowning glory of the home. With up-to-date stainless steel appliances and gorgeous white cabinetry, it truly glows. 

After: Kitchen

This designated space for dining has a built-in bench with added secret storage. 

Before: Living Room

The living room left much to be desired, but there was potential brewing beneath the tired paint job and vertical blinds. 

After: Living Room

The living room feels open and airy with brand-new French doors leading out to the deck, and the carefully-selected furniture really brings the room together. And with the addition of hardwood flooring throughout the home, the price point for potential buyers just keeps going up!

Before: Outdoor Space

A deck is the perfect place to entertain friends and family, but this one was in need of some love. It wasn't just the deck that needed improvement, though: The house is also on the corner of a very busy street and there was no fence, making it feel exposed. 

After: Outdoor Space

Luckily, the gang put their heads together to come up with a solution to clean up the outdoor area. The plan: A fresh color on the deck and new fence (which was pricey, but so worth it) to give this yard serious curb appeal.

Before: Master Bedroom

What was lacking in the home was a true master bedroom. But with a few adjustments, this room fit the bill — if only it had a bigger closet…

After: Master Bedroom

Wish, fulfilled! By knocking down the wall between this room and the smallest main floor bedroom, there was enough room to create a bigger bathroom AND a walk-in closet, making this an ideal master suite. 

After: Master Bedroom

Because who wouldn’t like to have a walk-in closet? 

Before: Bathroom

Before the renovation, the main floor bathroom didn’t have enough space, storage or style. 

After: Bathroom

Taking out the smallest bedroom in favor of increased space in the bathroom proved to be the right move for Scott, Amanda and Marty. Just look at all that counter space! And with the two sinks and a much larger mirror, the space is living up to its full potential. 

Before: Bathroom

The smallest bedroom on the main floor could really only be used for a nursery given its size. Knocking down the walls and using it to expand the bathroom's footprint seemed like the best option for the team. 

After: Bathroom

Amanda installed luxurious in-floor heating, taking this stellar main floor bathroom to the next level.

Before: Bedroom

The space is a great size and with plans in place to increase the size of the master bedroom, it was the perfect choice for a second bedroom. 

After: Bedroom

New built-in storage in this bedroom adds huge value. The more closet space, the better, especially from a buyer's perspective! 

Before: Basement

The unfinished basement didn’t exactly wow Scott when he first visited the space, and the moisture seeping through the walls proved to be a major obstacle during the renovation. Another complication? Scott and investor Marty found a crack in the foundation, which needed to be fixed before the team could move forward with cosmetic fixes. 

After: Basement

But this labor of love certainly paid off. There was enough room in the basement for a foosball table, living area and even an office space. 

After: Basement

The living area of the basement is a big-time upgrade; it’s the ideal spot for guests to play and relax. And while it might have taken Marty and Scott extra time to clear up the moisture problem, everything came together when it was all said and done.

Before: Basement Bedroom

This bonus room was a nice surprise for our team, and with the right purpose, the space could really shine.

After: Basement Bedroom

Missing that third bedroom from upstairs? Well, never fear! Scott, Amanda and Marty transformed the basement’s bonus room into a bedroom which would be perfect for a family or a rental space for additional income. Now, the big question: When can we move in?

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