The Big Hole in the Ground

So we are embarking on building a pool this spring.  We’re using a local company; Poolcraft, and they’ve been wonderful so far.   Here’s a look at the progress so far.  We hope to be done by end of June which is longer than usual but we are doing the landscaping and brickwork mostly ourselves so that limits our time on this project to various weekends here and there.   

Basement Reno 2010

Once again, as in our old house, we are embarking on finishing our basement.  Luckily I am married to Mr.Handy and his dad Mr. Handy Sr so we are fortunate that the costs will be greatly minimized.  I anticipate it to be completed by Christmas at the earliest, considering we are only working on it on Fridays and Saturdays and there’s only 2 people doing most of the work.  I’m working on a wish list of things I would love to have.  White kitchen, although not a full fledged kitchen, I would love to have white cabinets.  Hardwood floor throughout, especially in the kitchen.  A workout room where I can finally use my treadmill and the husband is looking at purchasing a dry sauna.  Linda Reeves, from House and Home, raves about the benefits in the latest March issue of Canadian House and Home.

So here’s some before shots…looks totally crazy but I promise you it will turn into something great!

The Closet

When we first moved into our old home we decided to get one of those closet organizers.  I had always wanted one.  They truly do save you a ton of space and makes your closet all pretty.  Even if you don’t have a walk in closet they look function just as well in a small closet.  So when we were putting that house up for sale the first thing we did before we listed it was take the organizer down and put back the old wire shelves that the home came with.  There was no way I was leaving it behind!  A year later and we finally installed them back in last Saturday.  We added a chandlier that was very affordable from Home Depot and an old dresser I had found through Craiglist and it is starting to look like a mini dressing room.  All that’s needed is a rug and perhaps a mirror over the dresser.

Girl’s Bathroom

First 3 pictures are “before.”

This was a very affordable bathroom to create.  The valance I purchased from Pottery Barn in Buffalo when it was on sale.  Of course the stores here in Toronto do have drapery sales from time to time and valances like these are often very affordable.  The shower curtain (not shown) is a gorgeous one that I purchased from Restoration Hardware but through Ebay.  I was able to get it for almost 70% off the actual cost instore.  The mirror was from Winners/Homesense and there was a tiny chip so it was actually reduced further.   But even if it was in good condition the price was great.  Same with the towels another Winners find.  The Tinkerbell decals which are great for a little girl’s bathroom but peel off just as easily for when she’s older were found at the dollar store.