The first few episodes of Bargain Mansions see Tamara and Ward working over a chateau-style mansion that’s actually in Tamara’s own neighbourhood. The moment it came up for sale, she pounced. “Not only was it in horrible condition from a structural and electrical standpoint, but it was completely outdated. It was renovated back in the 80’s, so it was filled with hideous wallpaper, shaggy carpet, and a lot of light pink and aqua colours throughout… yikes,” she reveals. ”My goal through the entire process was to modernise the home and bring it up to current standards of an actual French Chateau.”
Throughout the house, Tamara has taken care to keep charming original features like fireplaces and window fittings. “The living room was probably my favourite room to tackle in this house because it was filled with so many historic elements. The half-moon arches above the full-length French windows, the plantation shutters, the amazing marble fireplace… I wanted to keep it all! It just needed some major TLC to bring it all back to life,” she says. And once the renovation was complete, it was instantly snapped up by a very proud owner – Ward!
“The Juniper house holds a special place in my heart for more reasons than one. I actually ended up buying this house after the renovations were complete. It had great old world charm that can be seen in every room and it’s a few blocks away from my grandkids,” he says. Meanwhile, Tamara claims that it isn’t just the grandkids nearby giving Ward those warm, fuzzy feelings – his favourite feature in the house is the underfloor heating they had installed in the bathroom. The luxury!
Watch Bargain Mansions S1 on Saturdays on HGTV (DStv 177) at 19:50 or on Catch Up