Debora and Paul reflect on renovating the busiest rooms in their home – on national television
Homeowners Paul Fuoco and Debora Sutherland loved their Hollywood Regency home of four years. After updating the mechanicals, they knew it was time to tackle key rooms. “We were fans of the show and had a real issue with the kitchen in our house,” says Debora, “We knew it needed serious work but we didn’t know where to start. We felt professional help was the answer.”
Debora and Paul applied to Love It or List It Vancouver Big Coat Production Company in mid-March 2015. “We sent photos of what we liked – a light-filled white kitchen with wood cabinetry, mouldings and hardwood flooring,” says Debora. To their surprise, Big Coat Productions contacted them for an interview to determine if the house had potential, and if Paul and Debora were ‘camera-ready’, just two months later.
Photo credit: Love It or List It Vancouver; Big Coat Productions
What followed next was a whirlwind of preparation. “They started filming us in our house before we had to vacate for the renovations,” adds Paul. The family and their pets had to find alternative lodging for about six weeks while co-host Jillian Harris’ team worked their design and build magic.
You really have to be open to receiving something you might not have thought of or envisioned.
“We were shown a layout of the design but all detail work was left to the Love It or List It team. “It wasn’t exactly what we were looking for in terms of design and décor,” reflects Paul, “but the layout, in terms of functionality, is considerably better than anything we could have conceived.”
The waiting was probably the most difficult part for Debora and Paul. They didn’t know what was happening in their house once construction started – except for the few times when they were brought back to film certain sequences – like the water damage in the second floor ceiling. “You really have to hand your home over to these professionals and hope for the best. We were very fortunate!” says Debora.
And of course, the question everyone asks of them; what were hosts Jillian Harris and Todd Talbot like? “Jillian and Todd were very real,” confirms Debora. “They shared aspects of their off-camera lives – family, homes and such. They felt like friends – very warm and genuine. We really enjoyed working with them.”
photo credit: Love It or List It Vancouver; Big Coat Productions
The entire experience lasted six months from the application to the ‘wrap party’. “We were told that our turnaround time was unusually quick,” says Paul. Now the couple and their three grown sons (who are mostly out on their own now) can enjoy get togethers in their gorgeous, functional kitchen. The new, re-located powder room on the main floor and the two upstairs bathroom (the family bathroom includes a convenient laundry station) add to the glamour of this star house.