Lately, I've been giving you a room by room tour of our condo (which we recently moved out of) including sources and way too many photos. Feel free to check out the overview, master bedroom, and kitchen and bathrooms if you missed those. I'm going to be continuing the tour (still left are the living/dining room and Benjamin's nursery/toddler room) but thought I'd take a break from that to start introducing you to our new house. So let's make this official...
Welcome to our new house!
The new house will be featured a lot in the future as we work on it with projects big and small and turn it into our own little home. Today, as a brief intro, I thought I'd give you a sense of the place including a sneak peek at some of its good, bad, and ugly features.
Let's start with the good. The house is detached on a great sized lot. This means we have a backyard. Since we're moving from a condo that didn't even have a balcony, this is huge. I am overjoyed about summers of BBQing and late night patio wine and babies playing in a splash pool. Here's a shot of the yard. Over the years, we'll do some landscaping and whatnot to gussy her up (and have plans for a vegetable garden and whatnot too) but for now we are just so excited that we have outdoor space. Yay!
(Below is a photo from the real estate listing, taken last May. The house was on the market for a while... Anyway, our property ends just behind that shed/where the big tree is, but the fence is hard to see in the photo)
The second best thing about the house is the space. Don't get me wrong -- the house isn't a mansion. Since basements aren't counted in our area, it is technically 1500 square feet. But, we had two small bedrooms, one living space, and a kitchen in the condo. It was awesome, but we've outgrown it. Here, we have a separate dining room, an open living room/kitchen, a playroom, a home office, four bedrooms (two on the main floor, two on the upper floor) plus a basement guest room, a storage room, separate laundry room, and basement TV room. In other words, the house will allow us to live a little differently and hopefully feel much less cramped. Square footage for the dollar is so different downtown vs. the suburbs!
(Here's the basement TV room, with the previous owners' belongings)
(Storage Room, again with previous owners' belongings)
My favourite part of the house when we bought it (i.e. before any renovating or decorating) was hands down the kitchen. The previous homeowners began renovating the house and went as far as doing the floors in the kitchen, the living room (which the kitchen is totally open to) and the dining room, as well as a full kitchen reno. New appliances, lots of white cabinetry, butcher block countertops, drawer and cupboard organizers galore -- all good stuff. We love it. Loooove it. We'll do a few things to finish it off - paint, fix the broken undercabinet lights, caulk and repaint some weird gaps, etc. -- but even as is we're stoked.
The rest of the house is unrenovated. For us that was no big deal. It meant that we didn't have to pay the price you'd pay for a house that is move in ready, but that we also didn't have to take on the cost of a kitchen reno. Win, win!
Since the home inspection showed it was overall pretty solid (i.e. new windows, updated electrical, good plumbing, etc) with problems we thought we could take on (such as some asbestos, two bathrooms in need of a gut job due to code violations and mould issues, and loads of cosmetic stuff throughout) we went for it. The layout, location, and quirky features of the house are just right for us.
Here are a few other random pics of the rest of the house. Many, many more photos and details to come!
What do you think?