April 14, 2012

I'm back...

A whole lot has happened since I last posted on September 7, 2011...

First of all, we packed up and moved almost 1,000 kilometers away, back to our hometown of Kapuskasing, Ontario. We have been living back home now since October, and have been bouncing around between my sister's home, my parents' home and my in-laws' home.

Most importantly, I had a BABY! Yes, Baby Boy Beadow #2 was born on December 14, 2011 at 1:55 pm, weighing 7 lbs 8 ounces, and measuring 21 inches! He was perfect and the delivery went smoothly, especially since I was able to get an epidural this time! We named him Luca Jason Beadow and he is just wonderful!

Here he is at 1 month old:

And here he is just last week:

And big brother Nicholas has adjusted really well to the new addition. Here is my little man:

As for finding a home, about a month or so ago, we found THE ONE. We had kept an eye open for potential homes even before our arrival but nothing ever really came of our search. At one point, a house came on the market that I absolutely loved! It was an older side-split with a walk-out basement, the last lot on a cul-de-sac with no rear neighbors. It had character but had also been updated... all in all, it was great. But, I was not the only one who thought so, and it sold before I even got to see it in person. So we waited, and waited... We visited three other properties but each one lacked something.

Then, through the grapevine (friends of my in-laws' neighbors) we heard of a house that would be coming up for sale. An elderly man had passed and his children were selling his property. We were intrigued as the asking price was somewhat low for the region and the house seemed rather large. We called to visit and were more than pleasantly surprised at what we found. The house is a bungalow of just under 1700 square feet plus a finished basement of the same size. Although it is somewhat dated, it had been very well maintained by its one and only owner since it was built in 1964. It has now rear neighbors, is in a quiet neighborhood with a few other young families (like right next door they have three young boys!). Very ideal for a family like ours looking for our forever home.

We finally got the keys this week. The process was longer than we had hoped as we were requesting to borrow additional money to put towards renovations. My first impression was that it is very much a Sarah Richardson house! A lot of potential so put your imagination glasses on!

Here are the exterior pictures:

And now the interior: {Get ready to be thrown back into the 60s!}

Half bath at entrance:

Kitchen angle 1:
*I am ecstatic to have a large window over the sink overlooking the back yard!

Kitchen angle 2: {To the left, you see the entrance from the garage and the stairs to the basement. This landing is also where the half bath is. This is one of two entrances to the living room where my handsome husband is standing.}
*The counter behind that open door is what I will be calling the coffee bar.

Kitchen angle 3:
Dining room from kitchen:
Kitchen view from dining room: {To the right is the front entrance closet.}
*The stretch of lower and upper cabinets to the side is my side board.

Front entrance view from dining room: {The second wooden door seen here is an entrance for the living room.}

Living room: {Yes, that is wallpaper and it is STAYING! I have to find a way to make it work with my decor! It is so mod and so in right now!}

Fireplace {non-functioning} in the living room:
Other view {from the wallpapered wall} of the living room: {In the back you see the hallway leading to the bedrooms.}
Hallway to the bedrooms:
Master bedroom:
Nico's bedroom:

That is the main floor. Now for the basement...

This is the rec room... let me rephrase that: the longest rec room you will ever see!

Here is a closer look at the other end of the rec room which has a bar... and a very retro vibe!

In the basement, we also have to other rooms.

This one will be an office / guest room:
And this room will be my craft room which may house a futon for additional guest space:
Basement washroom:

So that is pretty much it. Of course there are other less interesting rooms in the basement, such as the laundry room, cold storage room, utility room, workshop that will become the furnace room, etc.

There is also what is called a breezeway between the garage and the house. It is basically and long, narrow and tall hallway that just screams MUDROOM! It is a feature that I really love about this home! I also feel that, although the bedrooms and bathrooms may seem small, the rooms are larger where it counts like the dining room, living room, kitchen and of course rec room, where families spend the most time.

Here is a list of what we are planning on updating before we actually move-in:
  • Converting from electric heat to natural gas heat.
  • Recovering all the floors on the main floor, including: vinyl tiles in the side entrance, half bath and kitchen; laminate flooring in the living room, dining room and hallway; ceramic tile in the front entrance and carpet in the bedrooms.
  • Reconfiguring the L-shape of the cabinets in the kitchen.
  • Painting lower cabinets in dark charcoal and upper cabinets in bright white.
  • Replacing all hardware in kitchen.
  • Replacing counter tops in kitchen.
  • Replacing kitchen sink and faucet.
  • Installing new back splash throughout kitchen and accent back splash behind stove.
  • Installing chimney style hood fan over stove.
  • Replacing light fixtures in kitchen and front entrance.
  • Repositioning and replacing light fixture in dining room
  • Replacing all windows on main floor except the dining window as we will eventually be replacing that window with french patio doors.
  • Painting all walls and ceilings on main floor.
  • Installing new window and door casings.
  • Installing new 5" high baseboards throughout main floor.
  • Replacing some doors and painting remaining doors.
  • Replace all electrical boxes for light switches and plugs.
We anticipate this first phase of the renovations will take anywhere from 4 to 8 weeks. We may save some smaller projects for when we have moved-in. We are not planning on touching the basement for the time being as it is quite functional and we both like the retro feel of it all.

Upcoming posts will feature floor plans including desired furniture arrangement, color palettes and inspiration boards, as well as process pics and many many details. Stay tuned...

1 comment:

  1. WOW! We love this place. It is exactly the kind of home we are hoping to get (though your price tag is much better haha!). Love the space. I actually don't like huge bedrooms. I feel it is wasted space. Looking forward to seeing the 'after' pics. If we lived in Kap, I can tell you Pierre would be there everyday helping you. xoxo