Renovation Stories

Read about my client stories that show the progress through our renovation journey.

Kitchen Renovation

DESIGN & PLANNING – 3 weeks

Ursula wanted to completely redo her entire kitchen in order to achieve a more contemporary style that she loved.  Our challenge was to incorporate a breakfast eating area where she could sit and capture the view of her incredible back yard.

This home was built by her father years ago and now it was time for Ursula to make this dated house HER home.

During this initial phase of the project, our budget and time frame were determined, colour scheme was agreed upon, all materials were selected for cabinets, hardware, appliances and flooring, and a new kitchen layout was created.

Most of our meetings were held at the house where we could look at material samples and decide on which colours and materials worked best in the natural light in that room. 

Kitchen before renovations

DEMOLITION & CONSTRUCTION: 5 Weeks

The construction schedule was provided to all suppliers and trades were scheduled accordingly so that there would be no down time on site.  Materials and finishes were ordered before demolition so that our schedule would be met on time.

When demolition and construction started Ursula chose to travel.  We were on site daily to oversee the progress, so kept in constant touch with Ursula, providing her with photos and updates. 

At the end of all construction, the house was professionally cleaned and was ready for Ursula to move back in. 

Total time from conception to completion was 2 months, on time and on budget.

Ursula's new kitchen after renovations

URSULA’S TESTIMONIAL

How did I survive a complete home renovation? By hiring Barbara Katnich of Fresh Approach. With her superb project management, excellent design skills and compassionate support, my dated house became a beautiful, contemporary home that's so "me."

Barbara has the rare gift of being able to get in your head to determine who you are, clarify what you want, and transform the vision into reality. She was a solid, dependable rock in the midst of renovation commotion and stress, always ready with a warm smile and a comforting, reassuring hug. She was professional, organized, reliable, trustworthy, creative, patient, kind, understanding, and fun to have around. She juggled the many details and workers (and client!) without dropping any balls.

I highly recommend working with Barbara and Fresh Approach. I would do so again.

~ Ursula

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Renovation Stories

Read about my client stories that show the progress through our renovation journey.

Full House Renovation

DESIGN & PLANNING – 4 weeks

Sandra and Harry purchased an older home with a fabulous private lot and an incredible lake view. 

Their goal was to take most of the house down to the studs and do a small addition on the lake side that would allow them to make the living room area larger.  With the addition of bigger windows the lake view could be enjoyed from almost any view point in the house. 

Below are a few ‘before photos’ of the original home.


Before home renovations

During the initial meetings for this project, my clients decided that they wanted to create a warm, comfortable home that had a ‘beach’ feel to it.  The initial colour scheme was determined and all materials were selected prior to demolition.   

All of our meetings were held at the house where we could look at material samples and decide on which colours worked best in the natural light in each room. 

One wall was removed that originally divided the kitchen and dining area, to allow us to have an open concept floor plan.  This enabled the lake view to be seen from the kitchen, dining area and the living room.

DEMOLITION & CONSTRUCTION: 8 Weeks

The construction schedule was provided to all suppliers and trades so that there would be no down time on site.  Materials and finishes were ordered prior to demolition to ensure our schedule would be met on time.

As my clients were renting a house not far from the project site we were  able to meet daily to see the progress and make decisions as required.

Demolition took 1 ½ weeks and the new framing went up within a few days.  The new floor plan started to take shape quickly, and we were able to envision how the planned layout would look.

construction phase

During construction, my clients and I went shopping for the furnishings that would make this house their home.  Beautiful fabrics, soft colours and textures brought in that elegant beach feel we were after.

At the end of all construction, the house was professionally cleaned and all furnishings were brought in and set up.  Even the art was hung and towels and soaps were placed in the bathrooms, in preparation for the big client reveal.

Needless to say, my clients were thrilled with the results and they thoroughly enjoy living in this home.

Total time from conception to completion was 4 months - on time and on budget.

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SANDRA & HARRY’S TESTIMONIAL

We had a consultation with this company and hired them on the spot. Barbara Katnich, the owner of Fresh Approach proved to be the key person on this large project. She got along well with other management and proved herself over and over again.

We completed a 90%
renovation on our home in 2013. She provided expertise on design, interior and exterior details, colour, furniture choices, flooring, granite...the list goes on! Her trades were well chosen and she oversaw them to be sure they completed everything to the highest standards and on time.

She kept detailed notes on costs and was mindful at all times of our budget. Considering the large scope of this project, she was very reasonable. Working with Barbara was a real pleasure. Her wonderful personality made it so. She was decisive and direct and had a clear vision of the way things should turn out. We were so happy with the results! We wouldn't hesitate to hire her again on any project, large or small.

~ Sandra and Harry

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Bathroom Renovation

DESIGN & PLANNING – 3 weeks

Tracy wanted to update her master bathroom by introducing a contemporary feel using the rich, dark colours that she loved.  Our challenge was to make this small space look more spacious while at the same time giving it a glamorous look and feel.

During this initial phase of the project our budget and time frame were determined.  The vanity design, colour scheme, materials and hardware were confirmed. 

All of our meetings were held at the house where we could look at material samples and decide on which colours worked best in the natural light in that room. 

We decided to remove a wall so that the entire bathroom would become one large space.  Now the new bathroom design flows beautifully with the master bedroom.


Bathroom before shots
DEMOLITION & CONSTRUCTION: 4 Weeks

The construction schedule was provided to all suppliers and trades so that there would be no down time on site.  Materials and finishes were ordered prior to demolition to ensure our schedule would be met on time.

From on site, we were n touch with our client who travelled a lot, keeping her constantly updated.

We spent 2 days doing the demolition.  When doing renovations, there is always that element of the unexpected.  Until the drywall is removed, we never know what we might find behind it. 

We found that the original framing was not up to today’s codes, so this was removed and new framing put in place, along with new insulation and vapor barrier.


Bathroom framing

We actually gained some much needed height in the ceiling by doing this.

At the end of all construction, the room was professionally cleaned and Tracy was able to use her new space immediately.

Total time from conception to completion was 2 months - on time and on budget.

Newly renovated bathroom

TRACY’S TESTIMONIAL

Fresh Approach managed a fairly extensive renovation in our home including a complete rework of our master bedroom and bath. We also did some renovations to a main floor bathroom and the kitchen. Barb is well organized and had a great creative eye. She also has a team of very skilled sub-trades. She coordinated the entire project and brought all samples and materials to our home. This made it very easy for us as we both travel extensively and would not have been able to take the time to select materials on our own. The sub-trades were high quality and they were respectful of our home. They regularly cleaned up, on a daily basis, as we lived in the home during the entire project. I would not hesitate to recommend Fresh Approach.

~ Tracy

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Renovation Stories

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Master Suite Renovation

DESIGN & PLANNING – 4 weeks

Judy and Don purchased a beautiful water front home in Kelowna.  The house was only 7 years old but they wanted to put their personal touches on it and make it theirs. 

Some basic updating with appliances meant that the cabinets needed to be altered to accommodate the new pieces.  All hardwood flooring was refinished and the entire house was furnished for them.

The master suite was the main area that needed to be updated.  The marble tile that was in there did not give the house that ‘beach’ feel these clients were looking for, so we decided to remove all the marble and redesign the entire master suite. 

Below are a few ‘before photos’ of the original master suite.

Master Ensuite Before

Master ensuite before
Judy and Don flew in from Alberta a few times to meet with me to discuss their wishes in detail.  Judy and I had a couple of shopping trips together to look at the main pieces of furniture we wanted to use, but the completed final look after that, was a surprise to them when we did the big reveal a few months later.

DEMOLITION & CONSTRUCTION: 8 Weeks

The construction schedule was provided to all suppliers and trades so that there would be no down time on site.  Materials and finishes were ordered prior to demolition to ensure our schedule would be met on time.

Demolition took 2 weeks and the entire shower and tub area were gutted so that we could install new waterproofing materials. 


Master Ensuite construction

At the end of all construction, the house was professionally cleaned and all furnishings were brought in and set up.  The art was hung, towels and soaps were placed in the bathrooms and we were ready for the big client reveal.

My clients were thrilled with the results - especially the master suite which was a total surprise for them. 

Total time from conception to completion was 4 months - on time and on budget.


After bathroom renovation in Kelowna

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JUDY & DON’S TESTIMONIAL

Working with Barb Katnich of Fresh Approach has been a great experience and a real pleasure.

We bought a house in Kelowna as our ‘retirement home’ and wanted to give it our touch. So, along with new paint, refinished flooring, new appliances and all new furniture/décor, Barb showed her expertise every step of the way.

Barb has a great relationship with her team of contractors who work together very well. She is very personable and exudes professionalism with her team as well as all the vendors she had to deal with. I had the opportunity to go on a couple of shopping trips with Barb and it was a wonderful experience. She is very intuitive with your ideas and has a great eye for the ‘unexpected’ touches.

Aside from seeing some of the initial work at the start of the project, we chose to wait for the final reveal when everything was complete. When we walked into the house upon completion, we really felt like this home encompassed our style and certainly exceeded many of our ideas. Barb has gone above and beyond our expectations, and we would certainly not hesitate to recommend her services in the future.

Thank you so much Barb for making this house our home!

~ Judy and Don

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Working with Barb Katnich of Fresh Approach has been a great experience and a real pleasure. We bought a house in Kelowna as our ‘retirement home’ and wanted to give it our touch. So, along with new paint, refinished flooring, new appliances and all new furniture/décor, Barb showed her expertise every step of the way. Barb has a great relationship with her team of contractors who work together very well. She is very personable and exudes professionalism with her team as well as all the vendors she had to deal with. I had the opportunity to go on a couple of shopping trips with Barb and it was a wonderful experience. She is very intuitive with your ideas and has a great eye for the ‘unexpected’ touches. Aside from seeing some of the initial work at the start of the project, we chose to wait for the final reveal when everything was complete. When we walked into the house upon completion, we really felt like this home encompassed our style and certainly exceeded many of our ideas. Barb has gone above and beyond our expectations, and we would certainly not hesitate to recommend her services in the future. Thank you so much Barb for making this house our home!
Judy & Don
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