As we settle into our new home in Barrie we bought a cottage to renovate and flip.
|The view from dining room to kitchen|
|The view from the kitchen to the dining room|
|The view from the living room to the kitchen and dinning area|
|The living room from the dinning room|
|The only bathroom|
|1 of 3 bedrooms|
|Full but unfinished basement|
|View of the basement from the other direction.|
Our plan...to renovate this 3 season cottage to a year round home and sell it in the spring. It's about 1000 sq' up and the same down. It's really outdated but the bones of the building are really good and we see alot of potential in it.
The best plans in life sometimes are unplanned...
After working on this cottage for only 2 weekends we decided we had to move here. Although our place in Barrie was in a great neighbourhood with amazing neighbours it just didn't feel right.
Just feels right! And can you blame us??? Who wouldn't want this peacefulness in their backyard?
So we moved the camper here and are living in it while we renovate.
Here is some of our progress...
|The hallway view with the paneling all down|
|Changing the hallway a bit to enlarge the master bedroom |
to accommodate our bedroom set
|Ed helping to remove the wall between the 2nd and 3rd bedroom |
to create 1 larger master bedroom with a walk in closet
|Bye bye wall|
|Wall be gone :)|
|The expanded bedroom|
|The kitchen with the cupboards gone|
|The beginning of the removal of the fireplace...|
|Down comes the fireplace. It just took up too much room |
and was so awkwardly placed in the room.
|Don't worry we are saving the bricks to reuse outside...|
so let the chipping begin
|After many hours of chipping the clean brick pile starts to add up|
|The chimney is down and the roof gets repaired|
|Ian fixing the roof|
|New gutters go on|
|Andrew takes advantage of a beautiful fall day to dig out |
the base for the cement slab for the hot tub
|Meadow helps to wheel away the excess dirt|
|Sierra tries her luck at moving a full wheel barrow|
|Picking out small cement rubble to add to the new slab base|
|Sierra and Charlie breaking up the scrap cement pieces|
|Almost ready to pour the slab|
|Adding vents to the attic|
|Upgrading the insulation|
|Aayla helping to pull nails from the paneling befor the vapour barrier goes up|
|My dad helping to remove the old ceiling slats |
after all the tile was removed
|New pot lights for the bedroom and the living/kitchen area|
|Mark chipping up the tiles that were infront of the fireplace|
|New header above basement windows for new bigger windows|
|Making room for the new windows in the basement|
|All new windows and patio door but the glass didn't come in for |
the big picture window so we have to wait for that one.
|Insulation done, vapour barrier up in kitchen/living area|
|Sierra enjoying the balance beam :)|
|The basement is gutted|
|The exterior walls get a make over|
|Electric baseboards disappear and a new furnace |
and ducting goes in
|And last but not least new drywall is on it's way up in the kitchen.|
So as you can see we've been busy!!! It's getting cold here at night and we are looking forward of moving out of the trailer and into our new home and thanks to all our friends and family who have been helping when ever they can...we will be moving in soon!
With our decision to move here we changed our plans a bit. While we have been searching for land to build our earthship we decided that the land we want is too far away from friends and family...leaving us isolated. With our plans to travel most winters...it will leave us isolated from friends and family. So we decided to move to Wasaga so we are close to friends and family and we will look for land in the states to build our earthship and live there in the winter...that way we get the best of both worlds (funny how the best laid out plans evolve).
We are really looking forward to getting into our new home, to the down size, to getting back to the basics and enjoying our little gem and it's natural surroundings.