RENO DIARIES - MAIN FLOOR REVEAL

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Today I am sharing the full main floor reveal with you guys. Looking at the before pictures, I can't believe that I walked into this house and said "I kinda like it" lol..like seriously..was it my pregnancy hormones or I had so much faith in us that I thought I could pull this off?! Well..either way we did it! It turned out exactly how I imagined it. We took out two major walls and converted the main floor into an open concept space for our growing family. The original kitchen was only 8'x9' I believe, complete with the green ugly wall tiles and asbestos floor tiles!..I shared the kitchen details last week, check it out here. I am so glad we were able to move the kitchen and make it so much bigger than it was before. We also converted the (old) kitchen window into a full entrance from the backyard while keeping the side entrance for the basement. We also kept the original doors and the hardware, which are just stunning! I will be sharing some more detail pics in a later post.

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Above is the view of our main floor from where the old kitchen would have been..I am still in awe of what we have accomplished..I love this feeling of open space as it allows me to keep an eye on the baby.. plus now she has so much room to crawl around in! I am also glad that we kept the original pocket doors as seen in this post, since it does allow me to close off the living room if needed..because there are days when you do need a bit of privacy so I am glad I have that option.
I've also attached some pictures of the foyer in this post, which only needed a bit of cosmetic makeover, no structural changes were needed there. I do love that you can see right through the house from the front entrance. The stairs were in good shape, little squeaky here and there but very sturdy. They were a bit worn out though, and we tried staining them..but it turns out that the first floor had Oak steps but the second had Pine. The pine did not take the stain very well and it basically looked like we painted them black! So we had to just choose a different paint colour and just paint the stairs all together. Other than repainting and re-staining the stairs, we kept the foyer more or less the same. We did add some extra storage under the stairs, can never have too much storage right!
So this is it guys, this is the main floor..I will be sharing our master floor soon..you may have seen some of it on Instagram but I can't wait to share the entire floor!! Click below to see more.

RENO DIARIES - KITCHEN BEFORE AND AFTER

As I said in the previous post, the living room was probably the only room in the house that was in a decent shape..it all went downhill from there. The Kitchen was one of our major projects..we basically relocated it, redesigned it and took down a few walls. Since we didn't need a formal dining room and we were going to create an open concept place; having a large kitchen with an 8 foot island made perfect sense to me. Overall I am thrilled with how the kitchen turned out. It doesn't seem like a lot of space, with all the storage only on just one wall and some storage in the island..the best thing I did was add drawers instead of cupboards. We only had 3 drawers in our old kitchen, and in this one we have 14! It just makes sense, you use every inch of space this way, plus no more ducking down to find pots and pans. Everything is perfectly organized with larger drawers for pot, pans, bulky items, and smaller ones for pretty much everything else. I even managed to add pantry storage in here. So if there is anything I can recommend, it would be add drawers instead of cupboards. We even managed to hide our appliances in the pantry..as much as I love open concept, I do get overwhelmed with clutter. So having a designated space for all of the appliance does help to control the visual clutter.

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The only thing I was sad to lose was the window seen below, it allowed so much natural light into the dining area..but the older houses only had one bathroom in the entire house, which meant no powder room on the main floor. So we decided to use the space beside the kitchen and squeezed in a tiny 5x3 powder room. I would have kept the window if I could but sometimes you have to make hard decisions. Removing the wall between the (now) kitchen and the room beside it (which btw I have NO idea what its purpose was!) has made the kitchen a lot more brighter..but I am a sucker for natural light and can never get enough! Anyway guys I am going keep this one short..I will be sharing the full main floor reno soon! See below for more pictures of the kitchen :)
See Previous posts here, here, here and here

RENO DIARIES: LIVING ROOM REVEAL

I promised to share more reno updates as everything was going on, but I failed to keep up yet again. I am not sure if it was the madness of having to make a lot of design decisions on the spot (I blame my contractor for that..but that story I will save for another day)..I just never felt organized. I never felt that I had enough time to research, blog, share and then decide. It was more of "okay you need to decide on trim by tomorrow", or "you need to pick the tiles by next week". In most cases I actually did not have to get things done that quickly, most of the time the guys were way behind schedule anyway, or sometimes he did need a quick decision from me but a little heads up would have been nice. I guess it was hard being on top of things, this was our first renovation so we didn't exactly know the timeline either. On top of that having just had a baby, who was only 2 months old then, I found myself just trying to keep up with life. Then came the big move with a 4 month old, that was not fun. None of our old furniture fit into the new house..quite literally! So we had to buy some pieces quickly or take whatever could fit for now, and decorate later...And next thing you know it's October!
Having a growing baby and a chaotic mess that was this house for months, I couldn't even think straight. But with the permit finally closed, and being officially done with the contractors..which mean no more random visits from the electricians/painters/plumbers, I can finally sit down and share the progress so far! I say so far because we have yet to buy all of our furniture so I will be sharing the decor updates as we go..hopefully!


If you have been following me along, I did share the horrendous "before" pictures of the first floor, click here to see the original post, I did some updates during the reno here and here. Which brings us to today! A fully finished main floor! As you can see the living room needed some love. I actually loved the original trim work, and the fire place, and the original paint colour as well, but the house wasn't insulated at all being that it is over a hundred years old. I don't know how people lived back then without proper insulation! Anyhow, that meant having to take apart the entire house. We had to gut the house entirely to redo the electrical, plumbing, insulation..the whole bit! I couldn't save the trim work but we did reuse the original doors, kept the fireplace and the original radiators.  We moved some of the rads where we thought they'd better fit for us but rest of the living room and foyer were kept exactly the same. I even managed to save the pocket doors that separated the living from the dining room (which is now the new kitchen)..but I did paint them a very bold colour..see below!

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We painted the whole house "Decorator's White" by Benjamin Moore. Replaced the hardwood..and tried to match the original trim as close as possible. The fireplace needed a makeover, the original tiles we missing and some were cracked, so we went with a geometric texture tile on the facade, and patterned tile on the floor. I love how it all turned out, it actually has bit of a Moroccan feel to it. The windows of course had to be replaced, and we went with the modern cleaner look there. It just makes the space feel much larger and I love the uninterrupted view of the outside.
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adding a close up of the fireplace from the holidays so excuse the festive decor :)
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modern black and white living room before and after
I was a bit nervous adding the two mirror panels on the either side of the fireplace, because I was afraid of it looking a bit tacky and since it was my idea I just felt a lot of pressure. But once the panels went up I was very happy with my decision. It made the space feel spacious and bright. As I mentioned the furniture will be completely replaced in this space so stay tuned as we give this room a new make over. But I have just gotten started, up next is the kitchen! I am super excited to share as it was truly designed from scratch. We moved its location and I actually designed the whole thing! I hope to have it up in a few days..until them click below to see more pictures of the living room.

RENO DIARIES: WE'VE GOT WALLS!

Wow what a transformation since we first began! Check out the original post here and demo here. The place is finally starting to come together and very quickly! It seems that we did absolutely nothing for months (which of course is not true because all electrical, plumbling, taking walls down, insulation all went in..but it seemed like we weren't doing much)... BUT now a new detail is going in every week! I took these pics only a week ago, and already the walls are completed and primed, we have brand new hardwood in, and now doors and trims are getting prepped!

Like I said we did try to save some original details..the house was old but everything was in pretty good shape. However, given the time restraint and cost we couldn't keep everything. We did save the staircase but we will get it repainted/stained..looks like that's happening next week! We are resusing all the old doors and hardware..I am super excited about that! And see that little entrance through the living room..there are pocket doors there which still work smoothly! Sooo yes they are staying. Of course the fireplace is a gem..it does need bit of a makeover and I have been going a bit insane trying to find ways to glam it up. I want to show some of my personality..I love colour and pattern and I feel a small area like the fireplace is a perfect place to showcase that..but I haven't exactly come up with a solid plan for it yet. Check out some of the options here and here.

We have a meeting with the paint guy on Wednesday so hopefully I'll be able to take some more pics of whatever else is completed by then. Till then follow me on Snapchat: navkbrar as I do try to do mini tours every time I visit the house. I have added labels on the pics to below to give you an idea of what room is what..but I am super pumped to give you a proper tour once it is all done! Enjoy.

~Nav

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Front Enterance

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Living room

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Kitchen/dining plus back enterance

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Kitchen/dining

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View from the back enterance

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What I would see from the kitchen

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Dining/original Jacket closet!

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RENO DIARIES (PHASE 1): DEMO TIME!

Soo..it has begun! These pictures were taken last month, but with pregnancy it can be hard to sit down and concentrate at times..I don't know how some bloggers do it with kids! Anywayy..so even though I put together the pictures, I wasn't able to write up anything. So here's the update...a lot has changed even in a month. I still have 7 more weeks to go before the baby comes, and most of the major work should be done by then and I will TRY my best to blog the process as we go. 
I can't believe this is the same house...we have kept all the doors and trim and we will try to reuse as much of the original details as possible; but sometimes things do get damaged during the demo process...so fingers crossed we should be able to replicate most of the original work.
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This is the living room wall and foyer. We are basically keeping the windows that are visible on the right, because they are just so pretty! Obviously the whole place needed to be insulated (as you can see on the right, there is basically no insulation on these walls, just some plaster and brick!). So everything is stripped and will be re-insulted. We do want to maximize storage in this place, because it's not that big and we want to use every little corner we can. We will put some pull out drawers under the stairs for shoes, etc because it essentially dead space so why not utilize it..but more on that later.
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Now to the dining/kitchen..this partition wall is coming down..actually it has this week! I can't wait to show you guys..the whole space looks much more open. The back window visible on the left is being taken out right now to be converted into a door that would open into the backyard. That will allow so much more lighting once this area is fully converted into a fully open concept space. 
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This is the view from the living room. Again, we are trying to salvage the pocket doors. The room beyond the pocket doors will be the new kitchen. The reason we are keeping the pocket doors is that I like the option of closing the doors between the kitchen and the living room when some privacy is needed, and leave it open otherwise.
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The study..which does not exist right now! We had to demo the whole structure because it was all made of wood (by the looks of it..probably in the 50s). This will be the new office for the hubby and I will steal some space for blogging of course. We are adding windows all around so it will be a room filled with natural light all day long..fantastic for blog pictures right!
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This is what our master looked like last month. Again, everything is taken out, even the diving walls are gone now so we can see it is an open space. Another thing we noticed after the ceiling was taken out was how high the roof actually is. Currently on the right it is about 8 feet high, but once it was taken down the full ceiling height was visible. So of course we came up with an idea to maximize the bedroom height..I can't wait to share the plans very soon!
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