Posted on September 29 2018
At long last, here are the official before and after photos of our main floor renovation. We are of course not yet completely finished. It's true when people say that the last 5% doesn't get done very quickly nor very easily! In our case, it's that last 1% which has us feeling annoyed!
Of course summer came, so our attention went to enjoying outdoor activities, meetings with friends and regular house obligations which had gone unaddressed since the beginning of this year. Only recently did our kitchen get completed with the addition of a top filler panel which bridged the tops of upper cabinets with the ceiling. We also had a (meant-to-be-fixed) panel above the fridge, turned into a flip up door so we could use the space as accessible storage. Cannot have enough storage in a kitchen!
I've also been having fun with dressing the spaces with our own accessories, placed in different locations, used in different ways. We have purged a ton by way of donations, garbage and some nicer items to family and to the cottage. We just cleaned out the shed. The only scary areas left are the basement yet to be cleaned out and getting to our "mouldy" upstairs bathroom.
I would like the thank the following people who helped us in many ways:
- My cousin James - who came to the rescue when we let go our Contractor, for helping with demolition, for just being there for us.
- Judit Matthews - A very talented Illustrative Artist http://juditmatthews.artweb.com/ Based out of Surrey, England, her wonderful piece will one day soon become our new kitchen backsplash. We have had so many technical difficulties getting this done! But we are determined to get the glitches figured out soon!
- Our friend Robert, who was absolutely incredible in helping us with the demolition. He worked tirelessly to make sure we were on target. He even postponed the start of a new job for us.
- My dear friend Angie - who hunted down boxes and bins for us to store our goods and for amazing moral support.
- My bestie Natasha. Her love and support mean the world to me
- My dear friend Lisa - who fed us and helped to keep us sane
- My dear friend Veronica for letting me vent!
- My sweet friend Harold, who was always there for us when we needed help in sourcing trades people.
- My old friend Keith, for helping us to source a Contractor.
- My cool friend Kat, for giving me the idea in the first place.
- Our wonderful neighbours who cooked for us and helped with the heavy lifting time and time again. They also helped us find our plumber. And most importantly, they cheered us on every step of the way.
The love and support of our families.
- My mom, whom despite being quite freaked out by all the chaos, came diligently to give us home cooked Korean dishes and was eager to help us clean when she couldn't stand it anymore!
- Our Electrician Ivan, who took over a job only half done and worked long into the evenings and even over the long weekend to make sure we were up and running.
- Our Plumber who came countless times for the scope of work given, but also to rescue us from various floods!
- Our Kitchen dealer - Appliance Haus https://www.leichttoronto.com/ Chany and Sergiy were very helpful and lovely to ensure our crazy design was realised. Corneliu - our talented kitchen cabinet installer, who is a complete genius and beautifully meticulous.
- Charlie, owner of Stunning Stonery - who did a beautiful job of cutting and fitting our quartz countertops. He was also instrumental in helping us with installing our sliding island countertop.
- Nicole and Ravi from the flooring showroom - http://www.flooringandhome.com/ They were amazing with their customer service especially in providing us with extra boxes of flooring when we needed them in a hurry.
- Robert, our old neighbour who answered our desperate and last minute call for a painter. Please contact me if you would like his information.
- Adley and Company for giving me a platform for cathartically chronicling our renovation journey.
Sorry, if this is sounding like a long-winded Academy Award acceptance speech. It truly takes a village to achieve anything on the scale we tackled. And we are grateful to everyone involved. Apologies in advance if I've left anyone out.
Most importantly, I would like to thank my husband Jamie. He really is my everything. Every sleepless night, every injury and every frustrating or stressful moment caused by my crazy desire to renovate, he took in stride. How he puts up with me sometimes, I'll never know!