Behind The Scenes: Ken and Elisa

While I count myself in the scores of people that enjoy demolition I’d be lying if I didn’t say that it was a breath of fresh air walking into Ken and Elisa’s unfinished basement where there wasn’t a so much as a 2 x 4 that had to be removed. Getting to work from a blank canvas is joy so Sabrina and I decided to do like Bob Ross and create some happiness in it.

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  • The name Ken and Elisa’s sweet little dog is Cody. He’s a Toy Poodle that they brought here from Hong Kong?
  • Ken is a major Raptors fan and everytime he took a work break he’d go and watch the sports channel even though I explicitly said only HGTV when I’m in the house. 😀
  • This was a build where I’d do my best to wrap at exactly 5pm because around that time Elisa would start working absolute magic in the kitchen and I would be salivating all over my work if I was still in the house when it happened.

The sexiest aspect of the space: Is clearly the original mural airbrushed onto the wall .

I’m beyond happy with how this project turned out and I know Ken and Elisa are too, after all they essentially increased the functional square footage of their house by not just a third, but an awesome third.

Sebastian Clovis

Sebastian Clovis

Sebastian is the principal owner of Clovis Contracting, host of HGTV Canada's Save My Reno, and a resident home renovation and DIY expert on The Marilyn Denis Show. He believes everyone should strive to understand the mechanics of their home, tackle home improvement projects while at the same time being able to identify when it’s necessary to call in a professional.
Sebastian Clovis