SEASON 4 | Podcast Partner
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Season 4 follows the Burden family through a real-time renovation. Sharing the ups and downs of living in the basement with two young children while the home upstairs is being fully gutted and brought back to its 1912 glory, the Burdens share the ride, including finances and pivoting strategies as the project unfolds. Working with Triple Dot Design and Level One Construction, this gorgeous Heritage B East Vancouver 15-month project offers lessons for any homeowner looking to renovate.

Meet the Burdens

Meet the Burdens. A young family, looking to build their forever home. This is not their first rodeo, but it is their first time working with professionals. And their heritage B renovation story features drama and heart.

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Project Planning

The design plans require adjustments out of the gate, to work within the budget, accommodate engineering requirements, and to enable the Burdens to live in the basement. Can this project be realized?

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Demo Days

It’s getting real in the basement as the two upper floors of the Burden’s heritage B home are gutted. Tune in as the walls are opened, and the anticipated reno surprises are revealed.

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Rough Ins & Permits

Emotions are waning and the dishes are piling up in the basement. Getting to the rough-in stage and pass permitting takes some muscle and perseverance. Do the Burdens have what it takes to see this through?

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Walls, Floors & Millwork

Planning on paper does not always translate into the real world. Will the Burdens’ wish list be realized? What must to be cut to stay within budget? Tune in for design and building solutions as the project comes to life!

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Finishing Details

The excitement is building as the Burdens peek upstairs and can see the essence of their 1920’s heritage home coming to life! Colour selections, appliances, and final details are revealed, including a final, unexpected hiccup with a subtrade.

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Deficiency Walkthrough

Whether building, renovating or designing, it’s all in the details. Take a walk with the Burdens as they get their final walkthrough with Cara from Triple Dot Design, and Alex from Level One Construction.

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Real Numbers $$

Budgets keep it real, and the Burdens get real in this final episode discussing their finance strategies, with mortgage broker, Alisa Aragon-Lloyd of Bridgestone Financing Pros.

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SEASON 3 | Podcast Partner
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Season 3 explores the concept of healthy homes, and how building above the basic code can enhance the wellness and livability of our homes. Looking at our homes through a lens of high-performance building, Mike and Jennifer-Lee explore benefits to the homeowner including increased comfort, safety and energy efficiencies, so you get the answers to build and renovate with the best outcome for your family.

HEALTHY HOMES

What makes a home healthy, and why should we care? Brett Stenner, owner of CI Partners, and certified Well AP, walks through three key elements: water, air, and light.

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BRIGHT IDEAS

Packed with bright ideas, Jordanna Nelson of Robinson Lighting & Bath shares insight on light in the home. Layers and dimmers are just some of the tips to help improve the atmosphere and how we function in the home.

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HEALTHY RENOS

Renovating to higher performance levels with lifestyle benefits included requires thoughtful planning. Henri Belisle, president of TQ Construction and homeowner Dr Janet Simons discuss the planning process of a 1912 character home renovation.

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SMART KITCHENS

Taking a nod from commercial chefs, award-winning Katerina Vastardis, co-owner of Designs by KS, explores how smart kitchen design can impact efficiencies and the wellness of your family too.

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WATER WORKS!

With an eye for design and a passion for globetrotting, Aleem Kassam, co-owner of Kalu Design Interiors walks us straight through his closet, and into the bathroom bursting with ideas to create a spa retreat to rival any 5-star hotel!

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OUTDOOR LIVING

Connecting the outdoors to your indoor living space has natural health benefits for your family. Huckleberry Landscape Design shares strategies to create the best outdoor living space including plant selection to temper outdoor heat islands, and improve your indoor space too!

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SEASON 2 | Podcast Partners
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Season two explores whole-home renovations, aging in place, adaptability solutions, new high-performance and passive homes, duplex designs, small housing solutions, redesigned award-winning character homes, plus so much more! Co-hosts Mike and Jennifer-Lee ask the questions, so you get the answers to help build or renovate the home right for you.

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JUST ENOUGH

How much is enough? Jake Fry, Founder of Smallworks and Co-founder of Small Housing BC, and Richard Bell of Bell Alliance LLP, and Director of Small Housing BC know how to reconfigure a single-family home to find a variety of affordable housing solutions for families of all configurations. Listen in as co-hosts Mike and Jennifer-Lee hear about creative ideas for single-family home ownership in Metro Vancouver.

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COUNT ME IN

With a Count Me In attitude, the possibilities are endless when building a home to live your life to the maximum. Todd Best of Best Builders talks to co-hosts Mike and Jennifer-Lee about the process of adapting homes for specific physical needs and aging in place, noting there is no better place than home. The key is planning and working with experienced professionals.

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PREFAB-ULOUS!

Extending the life of a traditional prefab Pan-Abode home with factory-built panelized wall systems, Steve Kemp of Kemp Construction believes you can add life to almost any home, noting the ones with quirky designs often yield the best results. Join Mike and Jennifer-Lee as they explore whole-home renovations using state-of-the-art building science.

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PASSIVE PASSION

Passionate about everything Passive House, Nick Bray, of Nick Bray Architecture, shares his unlikely journey with Mike and Jennifer-Lee about building a 5-bedroom, 5-bathroom high-performance house on a 25-foot-wide peat bog in Vancouver. Bonus! Lucila Diaz of Harmony Sense Interiors shares her expansive design solutions.

 

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SEEING DOUBLE

Doubling down on a housing type not readily allowed in all Metro Vancouver municipalities has Kiff Mowat of Davenport Homes and his brother Cam seeing double. These brothers know first-hand how a duplex can provide an affordable approach to living in a ground-oriented home. Listen in as Jennifer-Lee and Mike from Measure Twice, Cut Once learn about the brothers’ journey from living in condos, to building a duplex with suites, to house four families.

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HOME CENTS

Bobby Purba of By Design Construction and Alisa Aragon-Lloyd of Bridgestone Financing Pros understand the power of building your team when you are looking to buy real estate in Metro Vancouver to build or renovate. Listen in as Mike and Jennifer-Lee of Measure Twice, Cut Once learn about the importance of having good people on your team, to make your property work for you and maximize one of the greatest investments in your lifetime, your home.

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SEASON 1 | Podcast Partners
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More than just an inspiration board, season one tackles home building and renovations head on. Mike and Jenn talk with the pros who share industry tips and information on all the things you should think about and plan for, before you start your home building or renovation project, to get the best results.

SAW THE LIGHT

Shedding light on HAVAN, CEO Ron Rapp shares his personal insight on how you can find the resources to build your home right, the first time! You’ll also meet our co-hosts Mike and Jenn!

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FRAMED!

Interior Design choices impact all facets of homebuilding. Ami McKay, Principal Designer at Pure Design, frames her home design journey with wisdom, insight, and finding the golden thread. Love the space you live in! Listen now!

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SCREW IT!

Building plans. Construction estimates. Material Selection. Trade quotes. Sarah Gallop, Founder of Sarah Gallop Design Inc breaks down the importance of the pre-construction planning stage, so you don’t get screwed down the line!

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ON THE LEVEL

Graeme Huguet, owner of My House Design/Build Team keeps the conversation real when discussing the construction phase. Realistic timelines, building permits, inspections, anticipating interruptions – a discussion, on the level.

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WHAT’S THE DRILL?

Kathy Yuen, owner of Phase One Design drills into the importance of keeping the communication channels open for the success of your home building project. Hint, it takes more than coffee and donuts!

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