Lipstick and hearts

It feels like we’ve been sprinting since we got the keys on Thursday…

Few things got tackled since the last post. The master bedroom did in fact get painted. However it wasn’t as easy as paint jobs in the past. We pulled all the baseboards, filled massive holes, and sanded every inch of the walls. We also had to paint parts of the ceiling as they too were painted to match.

Also if look closely you’ll see we replaced the light in the room. The previous one had the outside shell (plastic) painted in yellow as well. As you can see we transformed the room to something a bit calmer (a shade of gray – leaning towards blue). Now we just need baseboards.

Speaking of which. I went shopping for a miter saw and was completely overwhelmed. 10″ or 12″ contractor grade or entry level. Sheesh. Anyways, I think I’m leaning towards getting a Ridged as it’s on sale right now with the stand at Home Depot.

Before the weekend was out Pam found some extra motivation to get rid of some fancy wall paper stuck in the entry way closet. A little bit of water and a scraper took care of that one. GONE!

Not all has been sunshine and rainbows though. I had a expert from ClearView come and re-inspect our main sewer drain. Not good people, not good. Apparently there’s lots of good stuff floating around (sarcasm?), roots, and several holes. Basically a ticking time bomb. *sigh* Getting this fixed Saturday.

My wallet hurts.

On a happy note, heart wallpaper is kinda cheery.




We got the access to the house yesterday (Thursday) afternoon. It has been a flurry of activity ever since.

We dragged in a few car loads of possessions, met with several contractors, and started some mini-demos. Most importantly we relished in the sunshine of our new back yard. Grass is an amazing luxury after 7 years of condo conrete.

(Condo lawn chairs & the mini reno)

Last night we managed to hit up the last minute Home Depot run to garner some supplies. Rake, putty, putty knife, broom, and lots of small odds and ends. Granted by the time we got home it was too late to start anything substantial. Sweaty, tired, overwhelmed and completely in disbelief of our new home we setup the inflatable mattress for the night (crap, we forgot pillows). *yawn* Sleep? No. We had yet to saber some Champagne!


First thing in the morning, we gained some clarity for our first renovations. The first discovery was that we could indeed re-plumb our bathrooms for the layout we have envisioned (hurray!), and the second discovery was that our sewer main is really old (boo! – but kinda expected). We are having a specialist come on Monday to provide us some options on what do about the roots and water pooling in the main.

While the second contractor was checking out our roof, our new washer and dryer showed up. Fun, but they remain uninstalled.

While our third contractor showed up we found that our roof would cost us about $8k (garage + house). This is also our third quote, so we’ll have to make a decision on this shortly. Then we found out from the second contractor how much it would cost to redo the HVAC system (new furnace, hot water, filter, ducks, air returns, new etc…  It was a lot.

(This sticker is on our original furnace from 1962 of which I think is awesome)

Contractor number four also came and did a HVAC quote. This one took far less time, and the guy doing it seemed completely uninterested in problem solving the fact that we have concrete walls all over the place (painful – yes, impossible -no).

Throughout the day, Pam took off baseboards in the master bedroom, as well as cleaned various nooks. Steve later dropped by with his reciprocating saw – which he so graciously is letting me borrow (thanks buddy!) – and with Pam’s assistance we took down project Lilac tree. Who doesn’t love Lilacs? But this sucker was outta control, and covered up a large south facing window.

Our front lawn is now home to the lilac warzone. Oh, which reminds me… While people were coming and going, I got to work cleaning up the front lawn which was home to several million pine cones. Once gathered in piles, I realized that picking up the piles by hand is not a fun activity (gotta fix that).


I think that’s all for today. The weekend will provide more time for a few more projects. Pam bought some paint, so we’ll see what happens.



Holy crap, we bought a house!

Here she is!

We’re excited, terrified, and it hasn’t entirely sunk in yet that we are leaving our 700sqf condo behind.

We had been shopping for a home for quite some time, yet didn’t want to leave the inner city. We looked at areas such as Altadore, Bankview, Knob hill, Mission, and others. North Glenmore Park really resonated with us – parks, close to downtown, great access to roads, and the velodrome (woo!). Trigger = pulled.

Love the location, love the lot, and have a lot of plans for the house. The roof needs to be fixed asap (we knew this when we bought it), so that’s top priority. Otherwise there are cosmetic things as well, but there’s no real rush. We just want to make sure the house is ready for winter. 🙂

To dive into slightly deeper detail, here’s our “mini” list of wants and wishes:

  • Fix the roof
  • Get a new furnace (current one is 49 years old)
  • Redo the bathrooms
  • Fix the electrical (house and garage)
  • Hot water tank (near end of life)
  • New exterior doors
  • Basement window wells
  • Basement windows
  • Air circulation fixes
  • Fix the garage doors / get new ones
  • Change the basement carpet
  • Stairwell
  • Concrete restoration
  • Knockout the basement storage area (there’s a wall that’s gotta go)
  • Slope the landscape (away from the house)
  • Fix the trees
  • Sand/Fix the deck
  • Replace windows
  • Fireplace
  • Paint interior
  • Paint exterior
  • Sand/treat exterior wood
  • Window flashing

Oh equally exciting, I get to go shopping for tools! Woo:

  • Belt & Orbital sander
  • Hedge clippers
  • Lawn Mower (I’ve never, ever, mowed a lawn)
  • Ladder
  • Miter Saw (I think I have one of these already somewhere)
  • Table Saw
  • Sledge hammer

I have this funny feeling this list might grow, so we’ll see where we end up. In the meantime if anyone has any suggestions on anything here, we’d love to hear from you! 🙂

We take possession July 14th, 2011. Let the countdown begin.

*Update: The todo list is now it’s own page.