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House Update

inMa Vie

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So what has been going on in my world since my last post? Hmmm…broken foot healed as best as it could. It aches every once in a while but from my understanding it always will. There has also been tons of home renovations in the last year and a half. We have (and not in particular order):

  1. replaced all windows (pics)
  2. replaced the roof
  3. updated the basement bathroom (pics)
  4. built a pentagon shaped shed in the backyard (pics)
  5. made the foyer closet twice it’s size
  6. painted the interior (except kitchen)
  7. renovated the 2nd floor bathroom (pics)
  8. replaced all the doors (not yet painted)
  9. redrywalled the basement (pics)

I think that is it – there is still quite a bit to do:

  1. renovate kitchen
  2. replace attic insulation
  3. replace the front door
  4. re-side the house
  5. replace stair carpet
  6. add carpet to 2nd floor hallway
  7. paint all interior doors
  8. replace fencing in back yard
  9. parking pad for Buttercup*
  10. doggy door

And when I say we, I mean Dad. I would never have been able to do any of this without him. I cannot wait to see what 2015 will bring!

* Right now I have to move the cars around M-F as my father leaves first in the morning. We have spoken of taking a bit of the front yard and widening a part of the driveway.

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Home Renos and Foot Break

inMa Vie

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Between basement renovations to get the house ready for a rewire (Basement Reno Photos), living room room updates, I also managed to fracture my left foot. My first real broken bone! Pretty impressive for 41+ years on this green dot :)

My house rewire happened the week of Aug 12th and what a mess! But it is 95% done, they are just awaiting us to finish the basement so they can do the work down there. We had to gut the basement so right now it is just studs and they won’t install lights, switches, receptacles without drywall.

But rather than complete the basement, my father decided he needed one area done in the house and so he started on the living room. We closed off a pass-through from the foyer to the dining area and extended the foyer closet with this found space, patched all holes left by the electricians and fixed any wall issues from the past owners. We also decided to change out all window, floor and door trim. We are currently at the painting stage with the walls having one prime coat on them. This weekend we will finish the painting and installing french doors to replace the sliding patios :)

Then he will go back to the basement and start on the upstairs with my bedroom being first (so I guess I better decide on paint colour!).

Inbetween all of this I managed to fracture the 5th metatarsal on my left foot by running down the stairs and missing the last three…ouch! I was running as Home Depot had arrived with my basement drywall and they ere going to drop it off in the wrong driveway.

I will try to update more, I really am trying to get back into blogging :)

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SinkPositive – I Want It!

inMa Vie

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My new home has 1.5 baths which both need renovating. The .5 needs big time renovating, I want to make it slightly bigger to accommodate a shower, plus sink & toilet as it currently only has the latter two. I’ve always been intrigued by the sink/toilet combinations which appear to be quite popular in Europe. Here in Canada, I think I found a reseller of the Caroma brand but I’m sure it will cost just shy of $1K.

Then I found the SinkPositive addon which will do the same thing but for a pittance. It works by replacing the top of the toilet tank with a lid/sink combo and reroutes the water that would normally fill the tank (then go to the bowl) to go through the faucet, then down the sink drain to fill the bowl. It uses the ‘grey’ water to fill the tank which I think is ingenious. As well as being earth friendly (can save a gallon of potable water a day), it is also a space saver which is what I’m looking for as well.

Cannot wait to move in and start making it mine.

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