Sunday, March 13, 2011

Renovations To My Enchanted Home

The Homecoming

In February of 2010 I bought a very sweet two story house in small town Ontario.  It needed lots and lots of renovations....needless to say I got it for a great price.  It boarders on three major cities in Southwestern Ontario, so I think I did pretty good with this investment.

The house when we bought it.

We then started on the massive renos.  By March it was ready for occupancy.

Brand new hardwood flooring.  Every wall painted white - for now!
  I was unable to move in right away because my son was still in school in another city some 45 minutes away.  We waited until school ended in June to move in.  However we did spent our weekends in our new home.

Entrance from kitchen into dining and living rooms.  Brand new ceramic flooring in kitchen and bath.

The brand new loo!

The wash room was the most interesting.  The entire room was slanted...yes slanted...on an angle.  The Contractor lifted the floor via the basement ceiling, by adding new beams and joints and such.  Who knows really how he did it, but it worked and its solid, it won't be slanting again any time soon.

I love, love the dining room.

Pocket doors separating the living and dining rooms.

Then in June we finally moved in.

Dining Room

Started to make that house a home.  We are 20 minutes from the beach at Grand Bend.  Spent each and every weekend basking in the sun on the sand.  Visited my sister some 20 minutes away.  Went shopping with my mom who lives 50 minutes away.  Took long walks around our small town and meet the entire 50 people population!

You can see a portion of the kitchen in the above pic and the pic below. It needed new drywall.  I decided I did not need the Contractor to do that - save some money - we will do it!!  My daughter drywalled an entire U Shaped section of the kitchen....start to finish...what a pro!  My son helped with all the heavy labour parts that she was unable to do.

Kitchen during renovations.  You can see the wash room to the left.  The laundry room to the right.  Daughter drywalled the entire U shape section of this room....yeah...girl power!!

Then the winds of change blew through our lives.
At the end of July we decided to leave and spend a year in British Columbia with my daughter who started University there.  BC is a three day drive from Ontario.

Daughter's first glimpse of the Rocky Mountains.

The winter in the Rockies

I got to spend all of two months at my newly renovated home.  But that's okay, because we have had an excellent year out here.  

We come home next month (end of April 2011)

Thinking of all the changes that still need to be done.
A new front veranda is on the agenda.  A deck at the back of the house - my son will be tackling that, he is a great carpenter.

My daughter is an Architect/Engineer student. This is her rendering of the Front Veranda.

For the last 20 years I have raised my family in brand new suburbia.  So I am very excited about living in an older home that has lots of character and charm, 9ft ceilings and tons of tall, mature trees.

Think the Township will allow me a small barn for a horse?  My kids have been riding since they were born.
Wish me luck!

Daughter with one of my sister's horses.

I am very excited about decorating my place.  First things first is paint.  Then lots and lots of decorating.  I sold a lot of furniture before we left, to help with moving expenses.  Even the dining room table pictured above was sold.  So will have to start shopping when we get home.....oh woe is me!

Thinking red and yellow palettes for the house?  Small town, country decor?  Roasters? Shabby chic?

Tons and tons of fresh flowers.  We started on the gardens before we left...weren't we clever!  The house sits on a half acre of land, so I will be going gardening berserk!! lol

So am I home sick...oh yeah.  Miss my family...very much.  I think of my home all, all the time.

Looking forward to the homecoming!!



I have rented the country house out.  Read about it here



  1. I love, love, love your house!!! It has so much character with the hardwood floors, doors, and older windows. I can't wait to see what else you will be doing in renos, especially the front porch. You should have some chickens walking around that yard too! :-) Blessings, Pamela

  2. OH MY GOODNESS!!! I LOVE what you've done in that little house! I can't WAIT to see the veranda go on - - - and the deck.

  3. What a beautiful house and I can see why you can't WAIT to get home to it. How wonderful that you have such handy children!! Have a safe trip home!!

  4. What a beautiful house -- I, too, love old -- couldn't think of living in a new home.

  5. Hi Diane...

    My friend, your new/older home is simply gorgeous! I love the new hardwood flooring...sooo pretty! I also love that pretty stained glass window in your living's lovely! What a fabulous transformation...I love getting to see all the "befores" and "afters" of a remodeling project! And by the way...I applaud your daughter for doing the kitchen drywall...that's awesome! I grew up in a family of builders and let me tell you, I can drywall and texture with the best of them! Hehe! least I used my younger days!

    Thank you so much for sharing this sweet post and your lovely home with us for the Sunday Favorites repost party, my friend! I hope that you'll join us again!

    Best wishes for your soon homecoming!

    Have a wonderful week, Diane!
    Chari @Happy To Design

  6. Awesome house! SO beautiful empty, and will love to see pics furnished. Love that pic of daughter and mountains. Rocky Mountains are my favorite place.


  7. I love the charm of your home. The hardwood floors are beautiful and I love pocket doors. It's great that you have such handy children and they are willing to help you renovate. Thanks for sharing this at my party.

  8. wow, how interesting! what an adventure! That house looks great! Nice floors, nice baseboard, etc.

  9. Your home is so pretty!! I love your floors and painting the walls white gave it a light airy feeling. Your dining room is gorgeous!! I say go with the roosters!!

  10. Oh your house is so charming!! I love it! Love the dark wood floors with the white walls~ a favorite combination of mine too! Thanks for sharing this at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

  11. Oh, what a wonderful charming home! I love it and you have done so much to it! Congratulations on all of the redo and now you've moved it - it's darling! Oh, I'm loving the Rooster idea. I'm a Rooster kind of gal! I'll be looking forward to more! ;)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  12. What a darling house. No wonder you are homesick! I hope you have so much fun with it!

  13. oh wow a fellow Canadian. Nice to meet you. Your home is gorgeous. Can't wait to see how you settle in when you return from BC. I am from Montreal, Quebec. Southern ON is beautiful country. I am your newest follower and I hope you can drop by my blog.
    Au revoir

  14. What? You were here in BC and you didn't come for coffee? Next time.
    Your home is so cool. Such character. I can't wait to see what colours you go with. I am seriously coveting your roosters.

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