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May 29th - New Directions

Sunday, May 29, 2011

This post is not Glee-related although I'm becoming less enamoured with Mr. Shu and the kids from New Directions - the finale left me wondering if I'm even going to watch it next year.

If only I could stay in this blissful 2nd trimester phase forever - I'm now 23 weeks and feel friggin fantastic; somedays I forget I'm even pregnant - that is until Mr. Man gives me a 'reality nudge'. You will notice however that my feet are looking a bit puffy and undefined - bring on the water retention (and spandex)!

Remember my kitchen bench inspiration/summer project?

Ta da!

I didn't have time to "stage" the above shots (hence the bench cushion being being half-on, half-off post-breakfast). I'm going to swap the brown pillow for 1 or 2 dark grey ones, but you get the general idea. I l.o.v.e. it and will love it even more when I get around to re-staining our new, but well-loved table.

Total Cost of Project - $515.00 

* solid oak dining table  -  $175 (kijiji.com)
* parson chairs  -  $60 (Wal-mart)
* homemade bench  -  $100
* 7 ft piece of high density foam  -  $80
* material & notions for slipcover  -  free (thanks mom)
* sewing fee  -  $100

(we got $400 off craigslist for our old kitchen table and chairs so we almost broke even)

Thanks to some recent developments, I have been bursting with optimism these past few days... it's no secret that our growing family is quickly outgrowing our home, but the thought of packing it all up and starting over makes me physically ill. We've spent the last 8 years of our lives turning this little bungalow into something liveable and I just can't stomach leaving it now.

Here's a little trip down memory lane:

for character and functionality we added a new front porch and some dormers...

we built some stairs and transformed the uninsulated attic into our master bedroom

we turned the former living room into a bedroom and created a front foyer

we reconfigured and updated our ghastly kitchen

we made the back two bedrooms into our living space and added a gateway to the backyard...

and our backyard continues to be a work in progress despite its MANY "facelifts".

Crazy right? All I can say is NEVER AGAIN (especially with the two little ones under 3 feet tall running around). So unless we want to drop $500K ++ there's nothing on the market - and in our desired area - that would allow us to simply move in without a giant to-do list and renovation budget. As you can imagine I was feeling a bit deflated and then we started tossing around the idea of a home addition... 

Lawrence from ADC Developments came by and opened our eyes to all the wonderful possibilities. Believe it or not this house of ours already had a ground level addition; the previous owners had added 2 bedrooms to the back of the house and we've since transformed that space into our living room.

Here's the current layout of our main floor:  
We want to increase our bedroom-bathroom count by one - making it a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom house. One option is to add a new master bedroom and ensuite on top of the existing addition and attach our own ground level addition to our living room. This will give us more square footage for a future dining area, play area, den, etc. Saige and/or Baby K can take over our current master and all will be right in the world once again.


There's still much to do: have plans drawn up, do a cost estimate, secure financing, etc. but I feel like we're headed in the right direction (insert happy dance). We get to stay in the home/area we've grown to love and we save money on realtor fees, closing costs and taxes. Just think about all the storage we'll have in our new spider-free crawl space!

We took Saiger to see Uncle Butch's race car this week:


We'd like to pick up a pair of Baby Banz and take Saige to actual race this summer (it can get a bit noisy).

Saige's daycare buddies - Kael & Monte - celebrated a joint 3rd birthday this weekend:

Boys being boys - the pair of them had 4 outfit changes in 3 hours

I want to make me one of these swings, but unfortunately I don't trust that our hazelnut tree could withstand the weight.

Saige and her birthday boys
Not 1 but 2 homemade birthday cakes - banana/peanut butter and chocolate/oatmeal - YUM!

Photo 1 - classic Saige face (very expressive)
Photo 2 - could she have attempted a bigger piece!? 


5 comments:

Brianne Goyette said...

Sean and I totally want to go to a race again this summer so we are in!!!! and of course I LOVE the idea of you guys doing an addition, I love your little house!

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