When Madeleine Sloback and her husband were looking for a home in South Surrey earlier this year, they had no desire to get into the kind of high-price bidding war that has become all too common in the scorching real estate market of the Lower Mainland.

Instead, they went shopping with a counterintuitive plan.

“I was always looking for the ugliest house possible,” she said.

A renovator was good because the couple, who were moving from Vancouver, were planning to renovate the house they were buying. And while such a big project would be intimidating for some, it wasn’t for Sloback, who owns an interior design business, or her husband, an entrepreneur.

“The last two condos we owned, we renovated both, so that was still the plan. We were looking for something that wouldn’t appeal to everyone – we didn’t want to end up in a bidding war, ”she explained, adding that their new home was the third they were bidding on.

The South Surrey House – an area of ​​1,600 square feet. breeder – had been recently remodeled, Sloback said, “but just remodeled very badly.”

“They did some really weird things, like removing the only tub, and they closed in the kitchen, so the layout wasn’t very family friendly,” she continued, adding that previous work hadn’t not been done with permits, and much of the electrical and plumbing work was not up to code.

“I walked in and said, ‘Oh, no one’s going to like this. It’s perfect!'”

While the prospect of renovating an entire house isn’t intimidating for Sloback – who, like her husband, is a former high school student Earl Marriott – she introduced a new challenge to the project: a series of videos.

Sloback enlisted the help of a videographer friend to create episodes of a YouTube show, Welcome Home With Madeleine, which aims to detail the renovation process from start to finish.

The first episode has already been released – and acts as a sort of preview of the project, as well as showing some of the demolition involved inside – and more will follow, although Sloback notes that some work is currently delayed pending. building permits.

With the rise in popularity of home design and home improvement shows on television as well as online, the show is likely to find a captive audience, although Sloback has said it has decided to go for it. video not because she was looking for any type of HGTV. but rather so that she can explain ideas to future clients.

“I decided to document it because I get questions from clients often… and it’s easy to walk someone through the design process because you can show them, ‘OK, these are the things we’re trying to do. ‘achieve’. But when it comes to construction, it can be very different, ”she said.

“For example, one of our episodes will be a rude talk, and when I say ‘brick’ to a client who has never been remodeled before, he thinks, ‘What the hell is that? scramble? Well now I can show them the episode and see for themselves… and I thought it would be great to start something like that with my own house.

Aside from waiting times for building permits, Sloback said they aim to complete the renovation by fall, although the YouTube channel is continuing beyond the current renovation.

“I wanted to make myself comfortable doing it, and I’m totally planning on doing it with plans for the future, and maybe various types of episodes as well,” she said.

“It was really fun, and it’s cool to have such positive feedback from people.”


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