After many successful renovations, it was time for Aleks to take on another one. She really loved the neighbourhood and street that she purchased on last time, so Aleks ended up buying a house on the exact same street, a few houses up. There were a lot of new ideas she wanted try out, so Aleks was eager to get started!
What Aleks Did
The home was in decent shape, so it didn’t require a full gut job this time. It did require some updates, but mostly cosmetic work. After updating the electrical and replacing the furnace, Aleks was ready to have some fun! She really wanted a more unique twist to the renovations.
Here are the new things she got to try in this home:
- Leaving an entire exposed brick wall on the main floor to use as a focal point
- Discovered a hidden brick fireplace which was left exposed
- Created a custom railing that included cedar and aircraft cable wire
- Custom made steel stair stringers designed to make it look like the steps were floating
- Custom made double vanity using an antique dresser
- Custom made closet barn door in 3rd bedroom
- Vaulted master bedroom ceiling
Of course all the other items were done too, like floors, drywall, new kitchen, renovated bathrooms and basement. The front and backyards also received huge facelifts.
So many people overlook their backyards when renovating a home due to time and budget constraints, but this is a BIG mistake!
Once the renovation was done, it was bittersweet. During this process, Aleks had lost her dog Harley aka the reno dog, way too soon. It was the last renovation Harley got to be a part of, so in his memory, the porch rails were designed with “H’s” for Harley. Aleks did have fun designing one of a kind features and staging the home highlighting those aspects. After numerous showings and multiple offers, the home sold in 7 days for 107% of the asking price.
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FUN FACT: 7 years after purchasing Aleks’ home, the owners sold it recently for $1.2 Million, without having changed much except the windows and stair railing. That’s $574,00 more then what they had bought it for 7 years prior. And who said real estate in Toronto is not a good investment!
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