1/20/2019 1 Comment
In this post, we will tell you a little bit more about:
A Bit About Our Home
When we began to hunt for property, we were already settled in the RV. One night, while driving through potential neighbourhoods, we spotted half a dozen deer grazing in a yard. TJ pulled over, and we watched them in silence for almost 10 minutes. We both knew THIS is what we wanted.
One week later, a listing for a house nearby found its way to us through TJ’s mom. It was off on a connecting road, called Spring Garden that we hadn't gone down. While it needed a bit of updating, it checked all the boxes on our (very tiny) wishlist:
Renovating a house is not for the faint of heart. Common advice is to buy the worst house on the best block, but you need to make sure you’re ready to commit the time and work to overcome each unique challenge, including navigating through building codes and bylaws. In our situation, we have had to deal with a few bigger problems, such as, old wiring, a leaky roof, a tiny kitchen. Most of our work has been to address a myriad of less crucial cosmetic issues: gnarly-looking carpet, vinyl tile, gray painted wood paneling in almost every room, and pink paint all over the bathroom wall tiles. Pink painted tile? Yes - Someone actually let this happen.
Logistical issues are inevitable, especially when working with reclaimed materials. It can be like trying to make a square fit a circle hole. You might have a certain idea in mind, but be prepared to go with the flow. The design of our home has been tweaked hundreds of times over the last two years. If you can’t source specific materials or if you discover they are out of budget, don’t give up! Change the design of your project, or add an additional step to round the corners off that square.
The truth is, having gone through all of the trouble we have, I wouldn’t have it any other way. Our personalities are reflected in every inch of our home. Without putting this experience on a pedestal, it has given us an intimate connection with our space, and helped us hone our skills. When something breaks, we better understand how it can be fixed. We are far from finished, but each project that gets completed makes it feel more of our own.
Final Note: DIY doesn't mean Do-It-All-Yourself.
Our key takeaway is that you actually can’t do it ALL yourself. Sometimes, a helping hand is necessary for sanity, and sometimes for safety. We opted to hire someone to replace our roof, and had a licensed electrician do all of our electrical work. By delegating these tasks, we've allowed ourselves more time to focus on the projects that were important to us. Plus, it has been fun to include our friends in family in our projects -- Thanks Tim and Will!
If the amount of work, time, and random stress associated with DIY Renovations hasn’t scared you away yet, you might just be the kind of person that would have fun doing it. If not, just enjoy a few of our favourite then/now photos from 2016 to 2019.