Melissa sat down with Extraordinary Women TV’s host Shannon Skinner to share a behind the scenes look at HCMD Design and her work on HGTV’s Income Property.
Income Property typically has us creating 2 units in a previously single family home. We add an income suite, as the name suggests! This episode was exciting from a design perspective, because it was an investment property and kept as a single family home. What that meant was all above-grade, and more elevated finishes to attract a high-end renter. Room to stretch our designer legs!
The kitchen is the show-stopper, here. Melissa worked with IKEA Abstrakt white cabinets, to create a custom kitchen on a budget. The counters are a really beautiful crushed glass composite that’s extremely durable and has tonnes of visual depth. By using an inexpensive 2×8 white tile, in a random pattern below the wood shelf and vertical straight pattern above, it added a great contemporary look, with a bit of texture and interest. The floating shelves are standard IKEA oak butcher block counters, cut to size and mounted on hidden, Lee Valley brackets.
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This Episode was a typical dark dated basement, with a tight budget. This is a great example of turning the seemingly ugliest features into the biggest assets with a little cosmetic fix-up.
We maintained the old parquet floor and I had it stained dark [1 part special walnut, 1 part ebony]. The old kitchen was salvaged and Melissa reworked the cabinets to fit her new design, and painted the entire thing out the same as the general wall colour a nice soft grey [ICI Frost Grey A1942 30GG 52/011] The walls themselves were ugly brown paneling, but once painted took on a casual cape cod appeal. The most dramatic transformation, is the fireplace. Simply giving it a clean white coat of paint made it the room’s focal point (in a good way!).
Check out the full resource guides for colours and specs here >
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The new Season of Income Property started airing a few weeks ago on HGTV, beginning with this, the season launch Episode. Melissa was the designer on this one, and created a modern, efficient space in both layout and materials.
Here is a partial resource guide on the pretty stuff, get the full list and trades used here >
Laminate Countertops: Belanger Laminates, Luna with Marbella Edge Detail 3421-46 180FX
Tiles: Downtown Tile
Backsplash – 3×6 gloss white tile
Shower walls – 2×8 gloss white tile
Shower floor – Marble basket weave
Washroom floor and kitchen floor – Concrete grey 12 x 24
Lighting Throughout: DVI Lighting
Kitchen – Bullet DVP 2787
Bedrooms 1 & 2 – Percussion DVP 4521
Bathroom – Helios DVP 10341
2nd Floor Hallway – Essex DVP 9030
3rd Floor Hallway - DVP 9031
Paint: ICI Paints
Entry Hall, Stairwell Walls, Living, Dining, Kitchen – Basic Beige 45YY 65/084 A1856
Washroom – Burmese Beige 40YY 51/084 A1867
Bedroom (2nd Floor) – Burmese Beige 40YY 51/084 A1867
Bedroom (3rd Floor) – Jade Frost 50GY 53/033 A1913
Sofa, Beds, Night Stands, Kitchen Cabinets, Bathroom Vanity & Sink: IKEA Canada
Furniture & Accessories: West Elm
Turned Pedistal Bistro Table, 32″ round x 30″ H
Martini Side Table, 15″ round x 16.5″ H (Antique Brass)
Kew Dhurrie Poof Cover with insert – blue and white
Oasis Rug (5′ x 8′)
Kite Kilim Rug (2.5′ x 7′ runner)
White Tray with silver diamond pattern
Frayed Edge Quilt – Queen
Standard shams (frayed edge)
Leather Slipper Chair
Beige with blue trim pillow (item 9436478)
Fade pillow (item 9397787)
Tall blue vase (item 9317512)
Short blue vase (item 9895541)
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