New House: We’re Moving and We’re Renovating!

We’re moving! Actually, we’ve technically already moved – I took too long to post this – but that’s beside the point.

I love our home and where we currently live, but once we became pregnant with baby #2, it was apparent that we needed more space. We live in a three bedroom house, so I either had to give up my closet – we turned one of our bedrooms into my closet – or our second child would have to sleep in my closet 😂. I obviously wasn’t giving up my closet, or forcing my child to sleep in it, so we began house hunting.

House hunting is a DAUNTING task in Toronto, as the housing market is nuts, or at least it was when we were searching. After bidding and losing on quite a few houses, we got really lucky back in November and were able to snatch up a home, in the most amazing location, via a private sale. But this house is far from perfect. The location is perfect, but the house itself is a 1950’s bungalow that hasn’t been renovated in well over 30 years. While the footprint of the house is great and the house itself has so much charm, we knew early on that we would have to add-on a bit to create a perfect future home for our growing family. I also have very specific taste, so during our search, we were specifically looking for fixer-upper homes that we could make our own.

That is where the building part comes into play. Our original plan was to fully renovate the current structure as well as add on an additional floor. Unfortunately, throughout the process of getting permits etc. we hit road blocks with neighbours and approvals. My two-storey home dreams were crushed, so we had to quickly pivot. Luckily, the bungalow is really large, and the new plan is to do a full renovation (aka gut job) of the existing structure. As you can imagine, this will take quite a bit of time. So what will the four of us do in the 5-7 months it will take to undergo this major renovation? You guessed it – we’re going to make like Kim Kardashian and live with our parents.

Yes, you read that right. As you read this, we are currently living with my mom, and I couldn’t be happier about it – though I’m sure Chris may not feel the same, and time may alter my opinion.

I will be sharing our journey throughout the process, from sketches to demolition and right through to finishes and interior design.

We are scheduled to “break ground” on our renos starting mid-September, so in the meantime, while I patiently wait, here is some of my design inspiration for the new house. Also, be sure to follow me on Pinterest – I have been pinning like a mad woman and have so many home reno boards!!

Let me know if you’ve gone through this and if you have any tips or tricks to make the process easier.


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12 Comments

  1. August 11, 2017 / 5:51 am

    Absolutely love your inspirations! My fav is the bathroom it looks like heaven 🙂

    • Maggie A.
      September 8, 2017 / 12:07 am

      Thanks lovely. Can’t wait to share the rest with you!

  2. August 11, 2017 / 8:06 am

    Congratulations on the new home! That’s so exciting!

    Linda

    • Maggie A.
      September 8, 2017 / 12:07 am

      Thanks! It’s been stressful, but there is light at the end of the tunnel

  3. August 11, 2017 / 8:22 am

    Congrats on the new house! I’m sure it will be amazing when it’s finished!

    Emily
    withstyleandgrace.net

    • Maggie A.
      September 8, 2017 / 12:07 am

      Thank you! I’m hoping so 🙂

  4. Gisel
    August 11, 2017 / 8:32 am

    Congrats!! Can’t wait to see the final look of your new home 🙂

    Gisel | mintandthrift.com

    • Maggie A.
      September 8, 2017 / 12:08 am

      Thanks doll. Can’t wait to share! eeeek

  5. August 11, 2017 / 10:45 am

    Ooo I loveee a good home reno! What an exciting time, and I can’t wait to see the before/afters! Love all of your home inspiration boards.

    xo,
    Kinsey

    • Maggie A.
      September 8, 2017 / 12:08 am

      Thanks Kinsey! Will definitley keep you posted!

  6. Krissy @thoughtfullyunraveled
    August 11, 2017 / 1:58 pm

    Such pretty inspirations. Excited to see the finished product. That is a long time for a renovation, but it will be so worth it when it’s done!

    • Maggie A.
      September 8, 2017 / 12:08 am

      Hah! You’re telling me! Patience is a virtue…