EandLee’s Favourite Things

I am not confident that I will be able to write a Pulitzer winning piece today, so instead I have compiled a list of our favourite features in the house. Starting with #10…

#10 – The NYC Styled car lift

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#9 – Surveillance Cameras

Don’t steal the toilet paper roll…We’re watching you!

#8 – This fireplace

For those nights when a glass of wine is needed and a friend who never gets tired listening to my dramas over and over again

#7  – George’s shower

#6 – Master Bedroom Balcony – Cool, right? My idea!

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#5 – The powder room inspired by below

#4 – Gas line to the backyard for this!

#3 – Our kitchen – LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!

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#2 – The Tree! –  the tree that has caused many sleepless nights, calls with lawyers, and captured the attention of every trade coming through the house. It’s become my 2nd favourite thing about the house. Go figure!

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#1 – The freestanding bathtub – Can’t wait!

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Lamborghini’s vs. Buick’s

Between selling the townhouse, Erik & I working on weekends at our day jobs, and business trips out to B.C., we’ve somehow managed to get a few things done at the house but overall, it’s been slow going over the last few weeks.  Siding is just about finished, flooring has been delivered, interior doors, trim, crown moulds will be delivered sometime between today and Friday, tiles are just about purchased, fireplaces are installed, main bath cabinets are purchased, laundry room cabinets are to be delivered this weekend, and wait for it………A STAIRCASE HAS BEEN ORDERED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! After lots of research, we decided to go with Royal Oak Stairs out of Newmarket. Although my dream was to have a glass railing, it’s All About the Benjamins at this point and it was just too pricey! We also discovered that there are currently no building code guidelines when it comes to glass railings, so there was a very good chance that upon final inspection the City would ask that it be removed. As I mentioned in a previous post, the cost of a staircase with glass railings is the price of a new car, so having an inspector come in only to demand that we remove the railings, is like driving out of a dealer lot with a new car, crashing it, and having it written off. I just couldn’t risk it! So, instead of getting the Lamborghini of all staircases, we settled with the Buick….sophisticated good looks, upscale interiors, comprehensive standard features, quiet operation, and enhanced Bluetooth and telematics technology (jokes!). Here’s some updated pictures:

Master Bedroom Fireplace

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The Family Room

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The Doghouse

Shed Siding

The Front Elevation

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The Buick Of Staircases

The Lambo

 

I am officially on the market…

The townhouse, people …The ‘townhouse’ is officially on the market…

http://www.torontomls.net/PublicWeb/CL_BF.asp?link_no=51996937.088700&t=l&fm=M

Remarks For Clients: Spectacular 3 Storey 1160 Sqft Townhome With 160 Sqft Private Terrace, Located In The Heart Of Liberty Village. Low Rise Accessibility With The Luxuries Of High Rise Amenities. Entertain Guests From Your Private 3rd Floor Roof Top Terrace And Wet Bar. This Property Must Be Seen To Fully Appreciate Its Unique Qualities. Many Extras Included!

Extras: S/S Appliances, Stacked W/D, Butcher Block Top Kitchen Island, 2 Kitchen Stools, White Wall Unit In Living Room, S/S Elect Bbq On Patio, Bar Fridge, Led Tv And Mounting Bracket 3rd Floor, All Custom Window Coverings, All Elec Light Fixtures

Virtual Tour: http://www.obeo.com/851564

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Kitchens, Appliances, Siding and Basement Bombs

It’s been a few weeks since our last post and the house progress is going well. The drywall will be finished on Tuesday and priming will begin later this week. We went appliance shopping this weekend and landed on Kitchen Aid throughout the kitchen and LG for the washer and dryer. Everyone we spoke with recommended Appliance Canada and they were great. The pricing was fair and better than what I found elsewhere, but in terms of getting a killer deal, I don’t think we did. I have to work the sales guy a little more on the dishwasher though…when I got home yesterday to research each of the appliances, the dishwasher reviews were only 1-star. I see a lot of hand washing in our future! (Update: We went with a Bosch dishwasher.)

This morning I spent a half hour calling referrals for the kitchen manufacturer – Oakville Kitchen Designers.  Each of the referrals had great things to say – high quality workmanship, on schedule, within budget – so I think we can cross the kitchen and master vanity off the list. I will post the conceptual images once I receive them, but the kitchen will look something like this:

Kitchen Inspiration

Kitchen Inspiration

The exterior siding is coming along but with a few cold days last week, the installers didn’t work. We also went with the same people who did our framing (call me crazy) so we suspect this job will take longer than we thought. But the price is right and we were very impressed with the framing work and their professionalism.

As most of you know, the one drawback of purchasing a narrow property is the one car garage. Our architect did design a concept with a 2 car garage, but it just didn’t look right in our eyes. The house was all garage! So, we have been seriously researching & considering a lift (NYC styles baby!) in which my car would sit overtop of Erik’s car in the garage. The ceilings are high enough (14 ft, I think!) but there’s a bulkhead that we will have to think about. It’s a pretty good solution to the one car garage…we were already beginning to argue, ahem, I mean ‘loudly discuss’ who would get the garage space on a nightly basis! I won;)

car lift

That’s all I have for this weeks’ blog post, but we do have one last story to share. We were at the house on Saturday; the tapers were there, George was playing in the snow, the Rolling Stones were playing in the background….all was great! I usually get there once a week and I walked downstairs to check out the drywall in the basement when I smell the most putrid smell ever! Like major flatulence. MAJOR! So I figured one of the tapers went downstairs to let it riiiippppp or someone for sure had a sh** in our new walls. It was THAT BAD and lingering. So, we quickly make our exit, I covered my mouth with my scarf, ‘Ok, Erik. Yup. Yup. Drywall looks good. I gotta get outta here.’ We talk about it later in the car, laugh, make jokes behind the tapers back, say that guy must have been crazy sick, with that smell coming out of him he should go to see a Doctor, laugh some more. We go out to watch the hockey game at a friend’s house, tell them the story, cry with laughter, so mature. We forget about it until Sunday when we go back to the house after church (Church of Hangovers) and the SMELL IS STILL THERE!! Lesson Learned – Bring a scarf with you when you enter into our basement. Seriously. (Update: We believe the smell was caused from the sewer pipes in the basement. They weren’t capped.)

Have a good week!

Erik sniffing out the basement. Look at that face! HAHAHAHA

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Before and After

I thought I would dig out some old before and after shots to show the progression over the last several months. Here’s one of the master bedroom:before master After master

Shot of the main floor looking back to front:

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And lastly, the great room window. We never did have a great shot of the room once framed. Framed, they were 17 foot ceilings, we brought them down to 14 feet to reduce echo and make it feel more like home.

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