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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