I’ll be doing a series of post with a Home Tour of our home. We are finally have the time to start the much needed renovations. I’ll be sharing our Kitchen, Living Room and Upstairs bath.
Noteworthy Tip: If you are buying a home and it’s been “renovated”. Take someone with you that’s done renovations or does renovations for their line of work.
No one wants to re -renovate a “reno”.
Since before my husband and I got married I’ve binged watched on home renovation shows. Have a huge appreciated the work of Interior Designers and their creativity with designing and Home Decor.
We live in the Fraser Valley, just outside of Vancouver BC. The housing market here is nuts. 4 years ago we sold our renovated townhouse and bought this house.
With our budget and the neighborhood we wanted to buy in, this was the right house for us. Since we had already done renovations with our first home our realtor knew he could show us homes that needed some much needed reno’s but still livable.
The only rooms that have done are the kids rooms. Everything as you see in the photo’s is still as is.
The Kitchen – 1970’s anyone? This kitchen is hanging onto the 1970’s.
We suspect there was an attempt to paint the cabinets? I think that’s why there’s a 2 toned thing happening? At some point this kitchen got a new counter top and flooring.
This kitchen may seem big, but this is it for cabinets, it’s a challenge for food storage.
I’m not an expert on home decor or furniture. There’s lots of “styles” out there. Here you get a glimpse of what we like. Home Decor and Furnishings can get expensive fast. Working at a home decor store and helping interior designers taught me that. I’ve done what I can currently with a limited budget to still have solid pieces.
When it comes to “styles”, I found this in one of my magazines which sums up what I think is my style. I would change the word cottage for country.
Rustic Cottage Style: Distressed paint, tarnished metal and reclaimed wood; collected antiques, heirlooms and flea market finds. This style is a reflection of a well-loved space with a story to tell that gets richer over time. Style at Home Magazine
There’s a lot in our living room of heirlooms, antiques that is well- loved with stories to tell. When it’s time to fully renovate the kitchen and living room, you will see the Rustic Country style more in our home.
Currently we have bought a custom designed couch and my hubby got his big leather chair. We are looking forward to the day we can get rid of the carpet.
On the listing for this house, it claimed to have an updated bathroom. This was the first house we settled with living with someone else’s DIY Reno. This is why I shared my noteworthy tip in the beginning.
Our realtor commented we weren’t his usual clients and picked out things most people wouldn’t.
You learn a lot about a house when you renovate one.
The blue, in my opinion is intense. It’s on the ceiling too. I’m glad my decor from our townhouse fit in. I also found a shower curtain that works with this space.
I’m not a pro photographer, this picture was hard to take.
This bathroom is functional (ish). We have gotten used to the outdoor tile on the floor. I’m surprised the cabinet doors and drawers are holding up, considering the granite (I’ve learned to dislike) is custom fitted. The under mount sink also doesn’t fit the counter top, it’s a mold fest under there. We’ve stopped trying to fix the drain plug.
We’ve been shopping for supplies and this weekend will be moving things around to start making this place more our own.
If you have been reading my blog, you will know Music is a big part of my life. To give a hint of the space we are updating, you will notice my piano isn’t in these pictures.
My Piano is in the area of the kitchen.
When the renovation is done I’ll post a before and after.
Until then I’ll give a tour of the kids rooms. I love how our boys room turned out. I’ve already shared on Instagram a sneak peak.
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