Renovating in Vancouver: first steps
So…I’ve been on a bit of hiatus here. 2014 was a tough one for our family for various reasons. Between my husband being treated for testicular cancer and the B.C. Teachers’ Strike, this mama was being pulled in so many directions! Alas, my commitment to this blog waned. It has been great to take a break, but we are at the beginning of a new, exciting project and I am planning to chronicle it here.
I’ve often discussed on this site how my husband and I go back and forth about whether or not we should sell our home and move out of Vancouver. I know as well as anyone else how riddiculously expensive it is to live here. We could cash in our chips and buy a beautiful property on the outskirts of the city…lots more land, lots more bedrooms and lots more free cash to spend on vacations, dinners out and activities for our kids. Nevertheless, we always arrive back to the same conclusion…we love our neighbourhood, we love our house, we love being close to my parents and our extended family and friends. We just don’t want to move.
So…we have decided to make our house work for us. We’re renovating!
Renovating in Vancouver, from what I’ve heard, is not easy these days. It’s expensive, the permit process is a nightmare (thanks, Gregor!) and there’s always bound to be a few surprises. We’ve taken all of this into consideration, but just feel it is the best option for us at this stage.
When we bought our place, we knew the existing space had an expiry date. We have two large bedrooms upstairs and one (the only ONE!) family bathroom. Our children are currently sharing one of the bedrooms, but with my daughter being eight and my son being six, this needs to end soon. Don’t get me wrong…I LOVE the fact that they have shared a bedroom and wouldn’t change it for the world. They just need their own space as they approach their teenage years, otherwise, I will fear for each of their lives…and my sanity.
Our bedroom is a fine size but has an awkward closet space. Also, because we have just the one bathroom between the four of us, we feel we’d like to add in an ensuite.
We’ve tackled renovations in our house before, but this time we are bringing in the pros. The first step, however, is finding someone who can realize my vision for our upper floor. We need an architect!!