Michael Bublé fulfilled his grandfather’s dying wish by giving his beloved caretaker a place of her own on Monday’s episode of Celebrity IOU.
Michael, 44, decided to gift the woman, Minette, the Vancouver home his grandfather Demetrio built in the 1970s, hoping to repay her for looking after his ‘best friend.’
Working with designers Jonathan and Drew Scott, both 41, he created a calm oasis that would allow her to relax and finally look after herself—but he had only three weeks to finish the job.
Dying wish: Michael Bublé fulfilled his grandfather’s dying wish by giving his beloved caretaker Minette a place of her own on Monday’s episode of Celebrity IOU on HGTV
Minette normally kept an apartment in the space, so while she was in the Philippines visiting family, he and the Scotts overhauled the entire home.
Since Minette never liked to be the center of attention, Michael had to tell her he was shooting a documentary about himself and his grandfather to get her on camera.
She had no idea what was about to hit her with the reveal.
‘Welcome home,’ Michael told her, pushing the door open to show her the new layout.
Totally surprised: Minette was surprised by Michael after returning from the Philippines
Giving back: The singer drove with Drew and Jonathan Scott to his grandfather’s house
The once-cramped home was suddenly gleaming with modern fixtures, wide-open spaces, cozy gas fireplaces and art that made it feel like a place Minette could finally call her own.
‘My grandfather, his greatest wish was not just that this house was kept in the family but that this would be your home because he loved you so much,’ Michael told her. ‘And so there is no documentary. This is all for you.’
Minette started crying, something she said she said she normally never did.
Family home: Michael worked with the brothers on improvements for the home
The before: The home was completely renovated by Jonathan and Drew
‘It is so much, really, really so much,’ Minette said, overcome.
‘I have no words right now. It hasn’t sunk in yet. It’s beautiful, beautiful,’ she added.
The home was hard to part with, Michael said in a confessional, but he really felt it should go to Minette, who worked with his grandfather for eight years and sent all of her money to family.
Close bond: The home was hard to part with, Michael said in a confessional, but he really felt it should go to Minette, who worked with his grandfather for eight years and sent all of her money to family
Years ago, instead of putting his aging grandfather in a home, Michael hired a nurse, who turned out to be the selfless Minette, a former community health worker in the Philippines.
‘My grandfather didn’t really want anyone here, but Minette was a perfect match,’ he remembered. ‘My grandfather went from a little bit resentful to absolutely becoming one of her best friends, and she became family almost instantly.’
Growing up, Michael was extremely close to his grandfather, visiting him almost daily, and they’d listen to songs by Ella Fitzgerald and Dean Martin, singing them together.
Best friend: ‘My grandfather didn’t really want anyone here, but Minette was a perfect match,’ Michael remembered
‘I miss him every day,’ Michael admitted. ‘We had this bond over music and sports. I just loved talking to him. I really looked up to him my whole life.’
The home Michael gave Minette was built by Demetrio and Michael’s uncle Norm in the 1970s, and he’d mowed its lawn often as a child.
The bay window was still chipped where a rock hit it after Michael ran over one with a mower.
Mower incident: The bay window was still chipped where a rock hit it after Michael ran over one with a mower
‘This house is like a walk back in time straight to Italy,’ Jonathan observed when they went inside, looking at its all-white kitchen and the opulent formal front room with shag carpeting, where plastic had once been kept over the furniture.
Michael remembered how his hard-of-hearing grandfather would play records of his grandson loudly in his living room, but forgot that he’d connected the system to speakers that transmitted outside, so he’d end up blasting Michael Bublé ’24/7 through the neighborhood.’
To ‘put a fresh face on this dated space,’ the Scotts turned the front parlor into Minette’s new dining room, complete with a gas fireplace, huge windows and wide-plank old flooring. The kitchen was opened up and three-tone cabinetry was brought in, with a white oak island, stone counters and a slab backsplash. The floors were then stretched into the family room, which also get a fireplace, more windows, and sleek furnishings.
Fresh face: To ‘put a fresh face on this dated space,’ the Scotts turned the front parlor into Minette’s new dining room, complete with a gas fireplace, huge windows and wide-plank old flooring
Michael chose the fixtures and finishes for the renovation, aiming to create a more modern look for Minette, something he said his grandfather would have appreciated.
The Scott brothers then chose art made by Michael’s brother-in-law Rob from broken records, hanging a Dean Martin picture in the main room.
Michael noted that his grandfather had hoped his home would stay in the family, but he also ‘wanted his legacy to live on, and part of that [was] he hoped Minette could live here.’
Nice touch: The renovation included original art by Michael’s brother-in-law Rob
Modern look: The upgrade included new windows with improved insulation
‘Here was this really compassionate, kind empathetic human being with a great sense of humor, a great zest for life, who sort of never did anything for herself,’ he reflected. ‘I think my grandpa would be thrilled knowing that we could maybe lessen the burden a little bit in allowing Minette to continue helping her family without it being so hard on her.’
‘Grandpa thank you so much,’ Minette said. ‘Wherever he is, he’s still thinking.’
Celebrity IOU will return next week on HGTV.
Feeling grateful: ‘Grandpa thank you so much,’ Minette said. ‘Wherever he is, he’s still thinking’