Home Renovation Pt. 1

As many of you probably know by now, Dallas and I purchased our first family home. We are over the moon and feel so good about our purchase. We currently own a condo that we rent out, and were hoping to find a house that fits our list of criteria. Dallas and I never want to be house poor, and when looking for a new home, we were hoping to find a house in our budget so we could keep our condo (which we were able to find!). Next on our list, a home with a decent sized lot. I’ve always wanted a home that was private, and surrounded my trees. I imagine entertaining a lot, and really wanted room for Evie to play. Our home is on 1/4 acre, which is the perfect size for us. Lastly, I wanted a home that had character, but needed an update. I find new builds to have finishings that wouldn’t be my first pick, like flooring, countertops, paint colours etc. and we didn’t want to invest the money in updating a home that was newly done. Our home is an adorable rancher, with lots of character and charm. The previous owners took great care of the lot, and maintained a well kept garden. Although the home isn’t as big as I had originally wanted (nearly 1400 sqft), we decided that it is the perfect fit for our family, nothing more and nothing less.

Ok, lets get to the good part, my renovation vision! Let me just say that Instagram and Pinterest are both the best and worst thing for this renovation project. I am constantly being inspired by these multi million dollar projects and have to bring myself back to reality, 1. I have a budget (a very strict budget I may add, Dallas is an accountant!) 2. This is not our forever home, we plan to live here for the next 3-5 years. With that in mind, I tried my best to make changes that I felt would add value to the home, and that would help with resale, while still loving it. Since we are on a budget, and a timeline (I want to be all moved in and settled by Christmas), we have broken our renovation project into 3 phases. For now, I’m going to touch on Phase 1 because it is A LOT.

Phase 1: This will happen prior to moving in. We plan on painting our entire home- we chose the colour Simply White by Benjamin Moore. So with this comes prepping the walls, drywalling some of the ceiling, replacing the baseboards and painting the fireplace. We are also VERY excited to replace our floors. There is pretty hardwood in the living room and hallway, but it wouldn’t be our first pick. Also, the yellow tile in the kitchen may clash with my cabinets 🙂 I had heard nothing but amazing things about Pravada Floors in Surrey. They are close to home, and have been extremely friendly and helpful as I went back and forth a million times choosing the perfect flooring. I finally picked the colour Pearl, which is a laminate floor. I fell in love with a hardwood floor, but I don’t think it’s the best decision since it’s not waterproof and I have a toddler who is constantly spilling water on the floors. Next, we decided to freshen up our cabinets on our own. This is a major project, but will save us a lot of money. I am painting our cabinets a beautiful creamy eggshell colour called Strand of Pearls by Benjamin Moore, and picked up some new hardware through Peridot. Next, countertops!! I hired Jonathan from JDC Stoneworks to help me with my countertops. I picked a beautiful white quartz, that will go perfectly with my cabinets. Jonathan will measure, cut and do the install. I can’t wait to see what they look like! In addition to everything listed above, we are going to be replacing the tile ourselves, adding two new windows, adding an arch to the hallway entrance as well as creating a pantry. The kitchen is definitely going to be the focal point of this renovation. We are installing a massive window above the sink, so I definitely want the sink and faucet to be perfect. I found the perfect sink and faucet from Plumbing Online. For my sink, I picked a beautiful Blanco farmhouse sink, linked here, and a beautiful champaign bronze faucet by Brizo linked here.

I am so excited for my vision to come to life. I have absolutely loved interacting with all of you over social media, and love how invested you are in our reno. If you have any ideas, questions or comments be sure to leave them below. Stay tuned for a progress blog post!

XO Meray

PS here are some before pictures!