Monday, August 29, 2011

But I am a professional !

That is going from worse to worst ...

Really our finance advisor at the bank isn't going to win the Nobel Prize for extended rapidity.

Because of her, and her poor organizational skill we are late for our payment of the house and the paper work 'cause she "forgot" to send the paper by Thrusday ...

Geez ...

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Me, Myself and Irene

Irene, lovely Irene.
What a joy to the have the tropical storm but the tropics!

We moved some furniture yesterday to the old house ... and what do we have today : IRENE !
The one and onky rainy bitch!

We went there, by winds around 60 km/h to put some plastic in the windows to try to prevent the water to come inside.
So far we had like 60 mm in 5 hours, this is very unusual for us. I just hope I haven't ruined some of my furniture that were in the barn.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

That was too good to be true.

Last time I wrote, we were in the stair ... and the estimate.
Last Tuesday was D-Day, we went to the back to bring back the estimate and ask for a bigger mortgage to include the renovations.
The bank manager took everything, accepted the loan and pass it to the SCHL. The SCHL here is like the gestapo of construction (LOL) ... they make sure people are not taking money for renovation and put it down the drain ... well...

They thought we would 'cause they refuse us.

I went by all the stages of desappointment and depression, but my husband sees it differently to him that will help us to do things our way and with the time we have in our disposition.

He is not wrong.

Yesterday I met a guy who can help us with the work for a fair price.
I hope things will get better.

If all goes well, we will officially be the owner of the house by Monday.

Monday, August 15, 2011

The stair ... case

The guy for the stairs finally came tonight. Ummmm praise all those little steps 'cause costy they are!!
Well, not pricey pricey but you know ... it can cost you.

You know that scene fron the Money Pit ? Well the staircase part might happen to us if we don't do something about it.

The totally idiotic and moronic previous owner (well not the person who sold us the house, another owner before) took away the support part of the house to put her washing machine there! Bravo ! A Nobel prize winner! So the staircase has to be redone. Well, we planned that already but you know ... Just the fact that we could have the option not to ... Anyways.

I've been packing all day. It's amazing the tons of stuff I have. I might be getting rid of many many things. But being a "DIY" addict, I need a lot of supplies and supplies are a total pain to pack !

That's about it.
Stay tuned!

How many plans must a girl plan down, before you call her a builder ...

I've never thought I would get bored of making plans.
We made something like 7 editions of the house plan. The more we do, the more I panic. Yeah I know I should not panic, but geez ... that's something.

So we planned the extention of the house, realising that the laundry room should be in the new part and not in the old part of the home. Doing this, we now have a lounge room which is super neat 'cause that girl has plenty of books ... ;)

Tonight we meet the woodworker for the staircases and the guy for the foundation that has to be worked on.

I plan to make some more boxes and some laundry...

Stay tuned!
And if you pass by, leave me some comments, I crave for them!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

We've just made some friends ...

Yesterday, my husband and I decided to hit the road to go to the antiques stores. That was great and we found heaven on the 20! :)

We found that place called : Antique 3A It's a marvelous place. The owner reproduces Quebec traditional furniture like a pro and he is around my age, which makes it cooler.

We will probably buy a lot of stuff from him, our kitchen cabinets, a kitchen counter. I am sooooo happy, 'cause the prices aren't that bad. That will be affordable for us.

That will make it easier for the kitchen 'cause we wanted to have it late 1800's early 1900's country style but the fact that americans (no offenses) Monique Shay leading them, took everything that was in the Quebec's barns 30 years or so ago, makes it so hard and so expensive to have antiques in a kitchen. I must confess I find this an outrage that part not to say all of our cultures have been taken away from us for probably pennies but that's how it went.

We will probably hire the same guy to make the floor covering. He can make them out of pine wood that he will then "make look old". So that will be great too.

That's a bit about it.

Still more to come! :)

Thursday, August 11, 2011

The bathroom, the neighbor, and the rest

Well well well ...
Those are a couple of hard days. But I am sure it will worth every minute spend.
I completed the plan for the bathroom. It will be great.
I'll put white ceramic everywhere and wooden furniture. I want to go into the country style look all the way.

That will be great.

I've met my future neighbor, a lovely lady of 89 years old. She is going to show me how to weave. I've been saying that I want to learn that since like 10 years and now ... it is going to be true! I am so happy.

I am still thinking about a little boutique, like a country store to earn a bit money.
But that's just a project.

Our current neighbour came to see us yesterday - read came to pick up tomatoes. - But he told me that his friend might be interested in buying our house. That's a good thing but that will make the things very very crazy.
But that would be a good thing.

That's about it.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

And that's the plan ...

So the contractor came, and I guess that the renovation of the house will cost us, an arm, a leg, and maybe a kidney! (kidding)

Of course, it's expensive, but it will be so nice when done.

We have to check for the bathroom ... right now it looks like this
Yes of course, the term "ewwww" is appropriate ...

But we will work on it. I have tons of ideas...

Now back to the drawing board!

Step by step ... (oh baby?)

Woah! This is totally crazy.
Just this week.
On Monday (yesterday) we went to the house to calculate the amount of feet between our house and the land of the neighbour. It should have been a standard 2 meters between us and the neighbour or we wouldn't be able to work on the old garage to make it part of our house.

Tonight, we have to meet with the contractor to check the work to be done.
Then tomorrow, at 7 am (poor husband) has to go to check for the ventilation system evaluation.
Then at 5pm tomorrow too, the evaluator comes to evaluate the house we have in town (so long Joneses!)
Then on Thursday it's the electricity and the plumber...
So much things to do ... but so great things to do!

A first step in the right direction

It's done, it's ours.
I still can't believe it.

We bought that 1880 house, with almost 4 acres of land on the countryside.
It's full of promises. It's full of what we wanted.

That will be long, there will be blood and tears, but we will have it.

Here is our story.