For Moose Jaw's Gillert, renovations a good thing
When Amy Gillert first set her eyes on the Queen Anne home in which she and her husband now reside, she considered it a challenge.
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Amy Gillert stands inside the living area of her heavily renovated Queen Anne-style home at 316 Athabasca St. W. Gillert and her husband purchased the home 15 years ago, and it was one of five structures available for public perusal during the 2013 Built Heritage Tour.
"When we bought it, there was flocked wallpaper and shag carpets — all stuff that's cool again now — but it needed to be completely redecorated," Gillert told the Times-Herald Sunday. "It was a lot of work, but this is what I do. I'm a decorator by trade."
Gillert's home was opened as one of five properties across the Friendly City participating in Heritage Moose Jaw's Built Heritage Tour. The home, originally constructed in 1910, is more than a century old.
The Gillerts have occupied it for the last 15 years.
"It was well-maintained and had really good bones, so that was what I was looking at," she explained. "It had pillars. It had the turret. Those are some of the features you can never find, anywhere else."
But the building didn't fit Gillert's perception of perfect, and so the couple began renovating.
The Gillerts built an addition on to the home in 2010 — its centennial year — that involved "about 65 tradespeople (working) in the house in 15 months," she said.
"It was really time consuming, and there was always someone coming or going," added Gillert.
The basement was next — a project, she said, that took about a year.
But, she said, she wouldn't have it any other way — the home, to her, is one big project.
"This is what keeps me awake at night. I'm always thinking about what's next. This is what I love to do," Gillert said. "I've always been changing something or doing something in the house, and that will continue … it never stops."
And for her, the next objective is already clear.
"I'm going to do the kitchen next."