Quick Kitchen Update

So the kitchen isn’t done but it’s VERY close to being done.  We were able to move back in shortly before Christmas but they still have some finishing touches to do in the kitchen & still have to complete the fireplace – they haven’t even started it but rumor has it the millwork guys are going to be here on Friday & the rest of the work will be done, done next week.  We shall see. IMG_1059_Fotor_Collage

So far I’m really happy with how everything came out.  I love how open the kitchen is the rest of the house now.  I’ll be thrilled when the fireplace is done & I can unpack the rest of the boxes.


House Update

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We’re surviving the reno!  Things are moving along – on time or so we’ve been told.  We’ve run into a few things as the walls have come down but I watch enough home improvement shows to know that isn’t abnormal.  Annoying, yes.  Abnormal, no.

Things should really start coming together at the start of next week.  They templated the countertops today & are finishing the cabinet installation today (tonight as we speak) or tomorrow.  The wood floors go in at some point this week & they are refinishing the stairs to match the new floors starting Wednesday.  I think the appliance are coming next week too.  All quite exciting.  We will all be happy to have the house back and of course, we’re so excited to see the finished product!

Bring on the Demo

Today we started construction.  I’m so excited for the finish product but am scared the next 6-8 weeks are going to be a bit hellish.  We have to be completely out of the main floor until everything is done.  So we’ve set-up a makeshift kitchen in the laundry room/family room downstairs, the 2nd bathroom upstairs has become our mudroom/coat closet, and our room now is a living room.IMG_0587_Fotor_Collage

Tomorrow they will be moving the fridge downstairs to the laundry room.  London is a little perplexed about having to eat in the laundry room.
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Work in the Backyard

I think we’ve had people visiting or been away all but one weekend since we moved it – CRAZY busy!  Now we have a string of weekends with nothing planned I can get some stuff done around here. Here’s some pictures of the backyard before we moved in.  These were actually taken the day we had the house inspection done, before we had officially bought the house.  These pictures remind me of what a beautiful day it was that day – London & I had a picnic in the backyard while the house was being inspected.

Our neighbor on the right replaced her fence & cut down some trees while doing so.  Last weekend I decided pull out all the plants against the back fence, move one of our bushes back there, & plant grass.  We also cleaned out all the plants that were growing on the right hand side.  It doesn’t look like much but it feels like we gained a LOT more space back there having done this – the plants were pretty but we value the space.  Now we might even be able to fit a small play set.  Pete was kind enough to do most of the heavy lifting.

I’m hoping the grass comes in strong & the poor bush we transplanted (see back left corner) survives the transfer.  We actually moved that one on the right too but it seems to be doing much better than the other one.  Our neighbor’s (on the left) grape vine is starting to take over the fence on the left & needs to be seriously trimmed come spring.

Dad, this gives you a sneak peak of your next deck rebuild project – wink, wink. 🙂


Selling Our House

In mid-October we met with our realtor to discuss what we could do to help get our house “market ready”.  At that point we were not planning on putting our house on the market so quickly but we knew that a move was likely in our future and wanted to start making any improvements that would help move the house when we needed/decided to list.

We had a list of potential improvements and Donna did a walk-through and pointed out some other minor improvements.  Over the next couple of weeks we went to town making the fixes we were able to make and brought in a contractor to do some of the work we were unable to complete ourselves.  Claudio fixed the dry bar in the basement (we loved how it came out and kicked ourselves for waiting to have it done), did some painting, and removed the glass door from the shower upstairs.

After much consideration (and advice from Donna) we decided to go ahead and list the house before heading home for Thanksgiving.  There were many comparable houses on the market, maybe even nicer/bigger houses, but the locations were all terrible giving us a potential market advantage.  Donna came over again and advised on how to best stage the house (at this point we had already been selling furniture, de-personalizing, and staging to some degree).  Before we left for Thanksgiving, we had the house staged.  We actually got an email from Donna that the house had been listed on our way to airport.  Here are the listing pictures.20140113-114516.jpg20140113-114225.jpg20140113-114219.jpgNow check out the pictures I took when we bought the house.  At some point I’m going to do a separate post of all the home improvements we made.

I think the first offer came in on the house on Sunday or Monday.  We had a couple offers.  After a few days of negotiating, we had a signed contract on Thanksgiving.  So thankful we were able to sell the place so quickly and able to show it when we weren’t home.  We had a little back and forth after the home inspection was done but in the end were very happy with offer.  We signed the closing documents on January 2nd, literally right before we hit the road to Toronto.  The timing couldn’t have worked out better (Pete might disagree since he had to organize/air traffic control the movers when I was still on the east coast).

2121 N Verde was a great first house!  We both loved it but as I keep saying to Pete, “I’m super excited for our next adventure” which is already underway!!

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From left to right, top to bottom:

Added some chalkboard paint to these little planters I had & planted some basil & cilantro|Put the lattice up on the deck – by the looks of the picture, one of the sections needs a little straigthening|Over the last couple of weeks I built this table for the deck – I had built another one with some boards left over from our deck demo but it was WAY too heavy & looked a little scrappy; I’m pretty happy with how this one turned out|I found this chaise lounge at a yard sale last weekend for $7, it matches the wrought iron furniture I already had out there & the weather has finally been nice enough for me to use it|I found 2 chairs at Goodwill, painted them & added some fun outdoor upholstery fabric – still on the hunt for 2 more

Deck still needs to be painted but since Dad was here we haven’t had 2 rain free days in the forecast…hopefully soon!!

Oh ya, we also played some golf, had a nice dinner out, & stayed in to watch the Bruins.


Working Weekend

Thursday I came home from work to find a HUGE box on our doorstep. SO excited when I saw what it was – a fire pit & grill from my mom & Phil for my birthday! Ah! So exciting. I spent Thursday & Friday evening demoing the fireplace we had. By Saturday morning I had our new fire pit & grill set up. I was planning on having a little fire on Saturday evening but the rain arrived in time to ruin my plan. I also had to put my deck painting plans on hold due to the never ending rain.

20130602-221906.jpg I spent Saturday working outside – planting grass (note the patches of hay in the pictures), flowers, seeds, mulching & a little woodworking & painting & some sewing. I found the little bistro set (pictured above) at Salvation Army, the whole set was $11 – all I had to do was recover the cushions, not bad! Oh ya, I also refinished the top of the little table & stained it with some stain we had in the garage.

Speaking of refinishing…when my mom was visiting last weekend (more to come on their visit) we went for a walk & saw this kitchen cart thing sitting on the side of the road. It looked like it had serious potential…so I made my mom go back with me to pick it up with a car. I’m so glad we did. I love how it came out, wish I took a before picture. I sanded & stained it. Just got it out there but my plan is to fill the pots with herbs.

I finally managed to fill the “window” boxes on the shed with some flowers. I also built & painted this little flower box. I need to finish the table & chairs for deck but once that is done, we’ll be in pretty good shape back there.