Building Strong Foundations From The Ground, Up.

Alas, at last! The workers are in the process of laying down new sheets of plywood for the subfloor. Within the next few days, Aaron and I will spend our time writing prayers on these same floors, dedicating our home to God.

Psalms 127:1 states that, “unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labour in vain.” Whether it be a home renovation, or the way in which we choose to live our lives together, keeping God in the center of everything that we do is of the utmost importance to us. God’s sovereignty has been proven to me in numerous ways in my life. I’m a control freak – I find it extremely difficult to relinquish control. I often am confident that I can do things on my own – in my own way, with my own agenda. In fact, I often think that God is untrustworthy, and that I can most certainly do it better if I handle things myself. That is, until God, time and time again, proves me wrong and gives me a reality check that without Him, nothing is possible. He’s shown it to me on multiple occasions through the purchase and renovation as I’ve worked overtime to ensure that things worked out perfectly, with little to show for it. Each time, it’s only been after I’ve made the active decision to hand things over to God where the seemingly impossible has become possible. Through something as simple as writing prayers on the floor of our home, it’s been my commitment to allow God to take the lead and to try my best to demonstrate my understanding that, without Him, everything I do is in vain. We’re building a strong foundation from the ground, up.

Want to help us bless our home? Shoot us a message with a prayer or note for us to scribble down.

“For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.”
1 Corinthians 3:11

All In Two Day’s Work

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 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.”
Psalm 27:4



21 Millbrook: Demolition

We warned you! And there was none…well, nothing much other than a pile of rubble! To others, this may seem like a disaster, but all I see is potential! This is going to be a beautiful conversion when all is said and done! Sometimes it’s hard to see past what’s right in front of you, but behind every setback, there’s opportunity just around the corner! What’s your setback, and how can you use it to your advantage?

“For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.”
2 Corinthians 5:1


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21 Millbrook: Before

Working in real estate, it’s amazing to me how a house can look one way one way, and completely different the next! What’s even more exciting to me is that Aaron and I get to use our imaginations to re-create our home. This is what our home currently looks like. Follow us to see the changes that we make and the formations we create!

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
2  Corinthians 5:17

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