Having grown up watching her mother flip homes — and with a degree in fashion management herself — it came as no surprise to Sarah Alchmist when she discovered her own knack for interior design and house-flipping. “I knew deep down I needed to be a part of some sort of art program, and I loved everything fashion at the time,” she explains, “[it was] a stepping stone to the world of design and, once you have a few bits and pieces of knowledge in that industry, you simply brainstorm your ideas — which shortly gives you the ability to put ‘pretty’ together.”
Just one year ago, Sarah and her husband, Presley, bought this Ontario-based home in need of some TLC. The quiet, country environment with “lots and lots of land for the kids (Aiden and Kendyl) to adventure on,” was the main selling factor, and the main deterrent? The dark and dated kitchen, which had sent previous potential buyers running. Rather than run for the hills themselves, Sarah and Presley saw this as an opportunity and, after putting in an offer, they rolled up their sleeves and got to work.
Built by a German architect 40 years ago, the unique and structural home had great bones but needed a complete overhaul aesthetically, and the room in need of the most attention was the kitchen — which Sarah and Presley decided to completely demolish and relocate. After countless contractors let them down and fell through, Presley stepped up to the plate and completed all of the work himself. “Every night, [Presley would] come straight home from work and work [on the kitchen] late into the morning hours installing drywall, taping, installing the plumbing, applying heated floor plates and then our tiles on top,” Sarah shares. “He painted, installed all the cabinets and shelving, built a custom range hood and ran a gas line all on his own… I couldn’t have been more proud of him, nor did he know he was capable of doing such work!”
Despite the aches and pains that came as a result of the hard labor, the couple not only saved a ton of money by doing it themselves, but they’ve both caught the renovation / house-flipping bug: “We’re both confident in getting this kind of work done as a team and we’ve talked about future projects,” Sarah explains, “even though it was such a pain in the rear, it’s an experience we’ve learned to really love; and after seeing what it’s worth, we don’t mind doing it all over again!” Now, after working their magic in every room, they’re ready for the next house-flipping adventure, of which Sarah says, “Our next home will be filled with much more personality, warmth and character and I cannot wait to enjoy that!” –Sabrina
Photography by Sarah Alchmist