Interior / January 12, 2018 / Jayda Hummel
When interior designer Rebecca Hepburn and her husband purchased their East Vancouver home in June 2016, the 1908-built beauty had good bones – but they could tell that it hadn’t been shown much love. In fact, the 3,000-square-foot abode was desperate for some TLC. Rebecca knew embarking on a major facelift would come with challenges, but she was excited and totally in her element. “I love renovating older homes because there’s so much room for creativity and problem solving,” says the designer. To make things even more interesting, the couple, who at the time had a one-year-old and a baby on the way, would be living on-site through it all. “It was a stressful process, but we knew it would be worth it in the end, even if it meant doing dishes in the bathtub on occasion!” says Rebecca. She was ready and willing to get started, so the family moved into their new digs and the seven month-long remodel commenced.
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