And so begins the fun! Demolition has been completed, debris has been removed and the workers are in the process of re-enforcing the support beams and basement joists. The stairs have been taken out completely, and unless you grow a set of wings, there is no way onto the second floor for the time being.
Our home is a blank slate. No, really. It’s a brick box with a few wooden beams here and there. There’s so much we could do with it, so many stylistic routes we could take…but only so much money to spend! Here’s some of the things we’ve taken into consideration while choosing the layout for our home.
- Neighborhood Needs: certain communities, believe it or not, embrace specific layouts more than others. We’ve chosen a combined living/dining with a galley kitchen with a peninsula at the rear of the home to maximize space and adhere to the community’s ambience.
- Practicality: Riverdale is a family-friendly community. We’ve ensured that there’s a powder room on the main floor, something that is not always common in downtown properties (as a suburbanite, I still can’t wrap my mind around not having a bathroom on the main floor!) We’ve ensured that there’s plenty of cupboard, closet and storage space in order to keep a family-filled home clutter-free. We’ve exercised our brain power to come up with a concept that includes a sizable main bathroom, not to mention a bomb.com laundry room, which in my opinion is a necessity for a growing family. Decide what’s most important for you to have, and what would add value to your home in comparison with the homes around you.
- Space: with our home having limited width, we’ve chosen an open-concept layout with the use of glass to encase our stairs (or lack thereof at the moment!). This will make our home look as spacious as possible while exhibiting the exposed brick wall.
- Colour Palette: we’ve chosen a bright and light colour palette to amplify the size of the home and to give the house a warm, contemporary feel. We’ve chosen light hardwood to compliment the exposed brick and modern white kitchen with accents of driftwood for a chic/rustic appearance.
- Financial Feasibility: we’ve chosen a layout that won’t break the bank. Remember, you can have almost anything you want – for a price. We’ve made some sacrifices and have decided to scrape the basement rather than underpin it (an estimated extra cost of $25,000) to fit our budget. We’ve decided to allocate a little extra money on the finishes to make up for the height of the basement. Decide what’s worth spending money on, and what’s not. Don’t become so overly attached to your ideas that you break bank trying to attain your design desires.
Want the inside scoop of what we’ve chosen for our finishes, and the thought process behind our design decisions? Check out our next blog post – coming soon!
“One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.”