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Renovation Fever

Isn’t it funny how you can walk into a perfectly liveable house, one that doesn’t NEED anything done, and somehow end up coming up with a laundry list of projects?  That is the case with our new house.  It is in perfectly fine condition…actually, excellent condition according to our inspectors, yet it seems the list of things we’d like to do is endlessly growing.  In fact, I would say that D has caught “renovation fever”.

InsomniaNow, I’m feeling a little bit differently.  At first, when we walked through the house, I looked around and said “oh yeah, no big deal, we’ll just tear this carpet out, throw down some new flooring here, paint this, move that…” and on and on.  But as closing date draws nearer, I’m starting to have doubts.  Last night, shortly before bed, I had a bit of a panic attack, and decided we were in way over our heads.  I made a giant list of all the projects we’ve talked about, and sat and stared at it, getting myself worked up and unable to sleep.  I awoke this morning, tired, but feeling much more optimistic about things. 

I do think we need to take a  step back though, and take things one bit at a time.  It seems easy to let one simple project spiral into a major renovation, and that is what I would like to avoid.  I think for me the stress right now is having to think ahead to all these projects, even though some won’t be happening until later on.  We decided to apply for a line of credit that will then be added onto the mortgage, which means we’ll have some money right away to do things, and our mortgage will only be increased by a very small amount each month, since its amortized over 25 years.  But, in order to do this, we need to get a whole bunch of quotes and estimates to show what we’re planning on doing and how much it will cost, in order to take it to the bank and get things set up.  Which means trying to plan out what we’d like to do, figure out how much it will cost, make appointments to get estimates done, etc.  Since we’re both working full time, it’s proving difficult, both logistically and mentally…but I know it will all work out in the end!  Right??

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June 30, 2009 at 11:49 am Leave a comment

Our Kitchen

Our very sexy kitchen

Our very sexy kitchen

As promised, here are some more pictures of our place.  We’ll start with one of the most important rooms in the house – the kitchen.  Above is a view of our kitchen: note the stylish curtains and dark, dated cabinets.

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This is the dining area in the kitchen

And here is the dining area.  At the left, you will see the back of the cabinets that are shown on the righthand side of the top picture.  That row of cabinets really closes off the kitchen, and our plan is to remove them in order to open up the space.  It does mean losing a lot of storage space however, and we’ve got a few options to deal with that little problem:

Another view of the dining area showing the buffet on the far wall

Another view of the dining area showing the buffet on the far wall

In this picture, you can see the giant buffet against the wall on the far side of the dining area.  Now, we’re debating whether to leave the buffet as is (it does create a lot of storage, but also takes up a lot of space), leave it and also attempt to install the cabinets that we’re removing above the buffet (creating a giant wall of storage), leave it and install some open shelving above, or remove the beast and figure something else out for creating additional storage.  If any readers out there have thoughts, advice, or suggestions, we would absolutely love to hear it!

Now, as for the rest of our kitchen makeover plans: the biggest change will be painting the cabinets a nice crisp white tone.  We think it will really update the room and brighten up the space.  We also plan on updating the hardware on the cupboards and drawers at the same time.  We would love to put in new counters and flooring, but that will have to wait until we have the budget for it.  For now, in addition to painting the cabinets, we also plan to update the light fixtures (the chandelier above the table and a really ugly flourescent light above the kitchen sink that you can’t see in the photo).  And the curtains have to go!  I’m thinking green curtains would be lovely in the window by the eating area, like these from this young house.

Let us know what you think!

June 26, 2009 at 12:01 pm 2 comments

Shopping is exhausting!!

Well, I guess I should actually start with the results of our home inspection yesterday.  I showed up a few minutes late, and D was already there with the inspector.  We actually had an apprentice inspector who went through (very thoroughly!) and then a fully registered home inspector who went through again and double-checked things, so we got a double whammy.  And overall, it went really well!  Our new house passed with flying colours!!!!  In fact, both of the inspectors commented that this was just the type of house they would look for if they were going to buy a house!  So that was pretty reassuring.

 There are a few things that need to be done: since its an old house, the insulation isn’t really up to par for today’s standards – the attic insulation is at an R12, and we’d like to get it up to R50 because we would like to be as energy efficient as possible.  The hot water tank is ten years old, and apparently, 10 years is about the life expectency for newer tanks, although they can last sometimes as long as 15 or even 20 years.  So that may be another thing to budget for, but not really a big deal.  Besides that, there were a couple minor things, but nothing to be concerned about.

We were so relieved that the house inspection went so well that today we spent pretty much the whole day doing renovation shopping.  And I have to say, I am wiped out!  Shopping is completely exhausting!!  We have lots of plans for things we would like to do with our new (old) house –many of which will have to wait, but we’re hoping to do new flooring throughout a good part of the upstairs before we move in – then we won’t have to move furniture later.  We shopped around and found some really nice (and pretty affordable) choices for laminate flooring, which we plan to do throughout the living room, down the hall, and into the bedrooms.  We also checked out light fixtures, doors and door handles, hardware for the kitchen cupboards, and bathroom stuff.  More on our renovation plans later, for now, suffice it to say I am tired out, we’ve got a stack of quotes and a lot of deciding to do.

June 20, 2009 at 6:14 pm Leave a comment


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