***This post was written a couple months ago, and was intended to come out soon after the release of Our Home’s Grand Revival: Part One. However, my world was turned upside down on June 3rd, and things are just beginning to feel somewhat right-side up again. On that fateful day back in June, my younger brother was in a near-fatal head on collision. He survived the crash, but has needed 10 surgeries, and had his right foot amputated as a result of the accident. We are all so grateful that he is still with us, that he did not suffer any brain damage, and that he will eventually walk again. This experience resonates deeply with our family, as we already lost a sibling/ daughter/ aunt just a few years ago in a weather-related car accident. It has felt like being struck by lightning twice. Once again, I am amazed by the fragility of our existence. Our lives here on this beautiful rock are so fleeting. By the same token, I am in awe of human courage and resilience, and our ability to find light amid the darkness. My brother has been an inspiration to all that know him; he remains positive, full of humour and grace, and is determined to walk again. This post is dedicated to him…he helped a lot with many of the renovations done to our old house, including adding the runner to our stairs. I am super excited for the day when he will walk through the front door of our new place. Love you brother!***
Hello again. I’d like to share these pics of the work we did and improvements we made to our upstairs. Now that we are just days away from moving to our new house, I’m feeling awfully sentimental looking at the images of the kid’s former bedrooms. We moved here when Lily was only 5 years old, and Liam was barely a year old. In the 9 years living here, so much has transpired. Our kiddies have grown into mature, responsible, kind of annoying, yet amazing people. I can hardly believe it is time to say good-bye. In the time we have lived here, I believe we have accomplished my original goal for our gothic revival cottage home: revival. I feel as though we have managed to breathe a little more life into its old bones — take a look, and let me know if you agree!
Alright folks…here you go. I have created a slideshow of the renovations and updates we have made over the last couple of years to our downstairs; the biggest changes were to our kitchen and downstairs bathroom. We did everything ourselves, with a lot of help from friends and family, including Michael’s incredibly handy brother, Philip, who installed a new ceiling in the kitchen, all the trim in the kitchen and bathroom, and created the kitchen’s built-in space. We were able to accomplish all changes to our home on a tight budget, re-using and re-vamping what we already had. This allowed us to splurge on a new stainless steel fridge, new flooring, and new countertops! Please enjoy the fruits of our labour!
Hey Party People!
Y’all ready to move on up to our second floor???
You are — well alright! Let’s get this party started…
As I mentioned in my previous post, I am just starting to learn the delicate art of using floorplanner.com. Therefore, this floor plan of our upstairs is simply my best attempt to capture the odd design of our second floor.
Hooray…I finally got my act together enough to present you with a HOUSE TOUR of our humble abode.
Well, a tour of the first floor anyways. Sorry, but you will need to wait a tad longer to see our home in its entirety. But hey, I’m doing you a favour — patience is a virtue, after all ;). I will post the floor plan and accompanying pictures of our upstairs (second floor) this upcoming Friday. I will also do a post about our house’s exterior and yard very soon.
without further delay…
Here’s the sitch — this is my first attempt at making a floor plan using floorplanner.com…needless to say, this is in no way exact. In the near future, I would love to update this floor plan to include our driveway and yard.
To help orient you, the front door is actually located at the side of our house, and the living room windows look out onto our front yard and street. Our house faces south = lots of sunshine in the front of the house. The colours used in the creation of this floor plan are simply to give you an idea of the current paint colours that came with the house (can you say Merry Christmas?).