Stonepath – Year 2007
This home was stuck in the eighties. Everything was pink. During that time I wanted the house to be bright and light filled. Most of the home was painted White Dove by Benjamin Moore. Painting from Canadian artist.
What We Did
- We turned popcorn ceilings into smooth ceilings
- Painted the entire house
- Kitchen cupboards were professionally painted in Ottawa, but we painted the gables, changed the knobs
- Replaced the appliances
- Landscaped the side yard
- Upgraded the counter tops in the bathrooms, upgraded the light fixtures and mirrors
- Painted the oak staircase spindles and railing white
What We Paid For
- Tiling the kitchen floor and tiling the back splash
- New carpet
- Quartz counter tops
- New trim
What We Learned
The obvious, paying for renovations can be expensive. Sometimes the quality can be sub par. If you have time, and can do it yourself try tackling a job.
We sold for 98% of our asking price.
Coyote Crescent – Year 2010
We landscaped and Scott installed a sprinkler system for the front yard. I chose some of my favorite plants. Hydrangeas, some grasses and cedars. The garage doors were painted Weimeraner by Benjamin Moore.
This photo was taken just after Scott tiled the back splash. The tile was bought at Costco.The quartz is Speccio White from Hanstone. Wall colour throughout is Swiss White from Dulux.
Curtains were from Ikea. My aunt sewed blackout material that I bought from Fabricland to each of the panels.
New light fixture, faucet, mirror and counter were all bought afterwards.
What We Did
- Scraped and plastered some of the stippled ceilings into smooth ceilings
- Installed new quartz in kitchen (Lowes) installed new sink, faucet, replaced hardware,
- Scott tiled the kitchen backsplash (first time)
- Landscaped most of the front yard (paid for walkway and steps)
- Installed new light fixtures throughout the house.
- Renovated mudroom to include a bench and hooks for easy access
What We Paid For
- Upgraded the railing
- Installed keyless light fixtures in all bathrooms
- Upgrade to painted kitchen cupboards
- Added a wall for a study
- Upgraded under padding on carpet stairs
A few things that we would have done differently was to do the interlock outside ourselves and install the hardwood floors upstairs ourselves. I worked from home full time and Scott just did not have enough time.
Looking back we would have paid to install more basement windows or larger windows from Richcraft.
The design of the kitchen that I wanted was crazy expensive to have built and installed by Richcraft. We decided on a paint colour from Richcraft and paid for a basic kitchen. We then had all of our uppers and island fabricated by a professional kitchen cabinet maker close to Ottawa. This saved us a lot of money and the job turned out really well.
We sold in three weeks for 97% of our asking price.
Quartz – Year 2012
I saw this home online one day as I was online searching for bungalows. To make a long story short we ended up buying the home site unseen as we knew the neighbour. Something I would not recommend doing unless you are aware of the risk involved. We did know that the home was six years old. Although the home was only six years old it just looked completed dated. This home needed a lot of work. There were however some immediate draws. It was situated on a wider than normal crescent. It was walking distance to schools. It was located with easy access to shopping and the Queensway 417. The home itself had a beautiful stone exterior. The added bonus was that the backyard was private. This home was completely renovated and looks so much brighter and cheerful!
Front Door Paint – BM Gray Gardens (CSP-55) (To be done soon…)
Garage Door – SW Repose Gray
Kitchen Before Pictures
Kitchen After Pictures
Ceiling Paint – BM Harbour Haze (2136-60)
Master Bedroom Before
Master Bedroom After
Family Room Before
Family Room After
Dining Room Before
Dining Room After
We sold!!! we could not be happier. We purchased for $465.000 in 2012 and sold for $652.500 in 2017.