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Michael Bublé Surprised His Grandpa’s Caretaker With a Renovation

May 04, 2020

Michael Bublé gifted a life-changing home renovation to his late grandpa’s former caretaker, Minette, who not only cared for Michael’s grandfather, Demetrio — but became a special part of the family. With help from Drew and Jonathan Scott, Michael honored the last wish of his grandpa by giving Demetrio’s former home to Minette to call her own.

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Michael Bublé + Minette

Many artists credit some of their success to the love and support of at least one person. For Michael Bublé, that person was his grandfather, Demetrio. “My grandfather was my best friend growing up. He was my hero,” Michael said. As his grandfather became older, it was important that he receive the best possible care in his own home that he himself had built. That’s where Minette comes in. “I came from the Philippines working as a community health worker. Then I got hired by Michael’s family to look after grandma and grandpa at the same time,” Minette said. Minette cared for Michael’s grandparents for almost eight years and sent almost every dollar she made back home. By the end, it was safe to say that Minette had become one of grandpa Demetrio’s best friends and an honorary member of the Bublé family.

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Grandpa Demetrio's Legacy

To Michael, renovating the home and giving it to Minette was an obvious way to honor his grandfather’s legacy and final wish of wanting to keep the house he built in the family. “Minette never does anything for herself, and I think my grandpa would be thrilled knowing we could maybe lessen her burden a little bit,” Michael said.

While Minette was visiting family in the Philippines, Michael teamed up with the Property Brothers to renovate his grandfather’s home in Vancouver, Canada. Modern updates to the kitchen, living room and parlor left Minette speechless — especially when she learned it was all for her.

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Construction Crooner

Time was of the essence with less than four weeks to complete the renovation. A total newbie to demo and reno, Michael admitted that he once tried and failed to paint his house. “I know I look like I’m ready for it, but inside I’m just tender,” Michael joked as he, Jonathan and Drew prepared for demo.

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The Entryway + Parlor, Before

Michael’s grandparents’ house brought a new meaning to white on white. From the second you walked in, you were greeted with white tile in the entryway, white shag carpeting in the parlor, a white brick fireplace, white walls and the list of white goes on and on.

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