‘Bargain Mansions': Tamara Day transforms 'confused' mid-century house into modern marvel with dad's help
Tamara bought the house for $350,000 and she wanted to spend not more than $120,000 on renovation
Season 4 of HGTV’s hit renovation show ‘Bargain Mansions' premiered with a 60-minute episode. Designer and host Tamara Day and her dad Ward Schraeder go to see a mid-century modern house or as Tamara says “confused mid-century modern house” that Tamara bought to renovate. It was constructed in 1979, the house has four bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms spread over a one-and-a-half storey area. Tamara bought the house for $350,000 and she wanted to spend not more than $120,000 on renovation.
What happened next was an intense house makeover over a duration of 2 years. The biggest attraction for the house was its 22-feet ceiling. If we know one thing about Tamara it’s that she is not afraid to make bold statements through her renovations. She painted the front door of the house black and installed black cabinets with brass details in the kitchen. She installed new hardwoods to make giant statement walls in the dining room with black and white wallpaper. The black, white and brass colours in the dining room gave it a modern finish.
Tamara wanted to have cedar planks outside the house, on the walls in the front and outside the garage. She then goes furniture shopping for the house and settles on a black leather sofa that would go perfectly with the rest of the house. The new walkway to the house was much more sleek and modern than the old one, so she decided to paint the outside of the house in a cream paint.
Inside the house, Tamara did a wonderful job with the dining room. The main attraction was the fireplace so she removed the soffit and ceiling fans to highlight it. She put lights instead to make it look more spacious and also removed the dated mantle. The gray-washed wood was a constant in the entire house and stairway where she also added a black and white wallpaper. She also used a combination of charcoal cream wallpaper for the rest of the area. Tamara spent a total of $70,000 for the renovation of the entire place and saved $50,000 for renovating the master suite. After another week the house would be open to showing.
Catch 'Bargain Mansions' every Monday at 9 pm ET only on HGTV.