7/18/2016

Kitchen Cabinet Handles Help

Okay, so we have our kitchen cabinet handles narrowed down to these two - what do you guys think? I really wanted the one on the right, until Jordan found the one on the left, and now he likes the one on the right and I'm more partial to the other....

There is a $2 price difference, and we need about 30 of them.

Oh! and here's a link to our fridge if that helps.  We're going with all slate appliances.



$7.95/each

$9.95/each

7/15/2016

June Spend Report

We were out for a family vacation when the beginning of July rolled around, and I missed posting my June spend update.  I thought I would post it now.

Here it is!

Everything is pretty much standard with the exception of Medical and Home Maintenance.

Medical included a couple of hotel rooms and food for my specialist appointments in Alberta  that led to my foot surgery for my plantar fasciitis.

Home Maintenance...well that's a lot of spending for the renovation that's underway.  Some of the big items in there include:

- a $2,500 deposit on new appliances
- a $3,000 deposit on new flooring
- a $1,600 ikea bill for my bathroom vanity, faucets, storage unit etc.
- a $330 bill from Lowes for my kitchen sink

and more!  It just adds up!

7/14/2016

Rebuilding

It's so exciting now that the demo phase of the renovation is over and we are in full swing of the re building phase.

Our new subfloor has gone in for the kitchen and bathroom, walls have been rebuilt, and the drywall has been installed.

Today, the drywall mudder/taper is going in and then Jordan and I will be able to start painting!  So exciting!

After that the flooring, cabinets, trim, appliances, and final fixtures installs can start happening.

We're still probably 3-4 weeks away, but it feels like the home stretch.

I've been keeping track of every dollar we have spent so far (a little more than $10, 000) and what we have yet to spend (a little more than $35, 000) and am looking forward to sharing the breakdown with everyone soon.

We are saving where we can.  A few of our projects are:

  • Painting the cabinet doors ourselves (they are raw MDF)
  • Cutting, painting and installing the trim
  • All painting
  • Installing fixtures
Plus, we did all of the demo, and have done all of the runs to the dump.

6/30/2016

Renovation Budget Update

So much has been happening with the house since my last update.  We've met with our general contractor (my uncle), several times.  We've met with the plumber and electrician, and started spending $$ too.

Here's a break down of what we have spent so far.  This does not include any of our general contractor's labour, plumbing or electrical labour which will be the biggest expenses.

The green highlights are confirmed prices, and the orange is what has been actually spent.  Some things just have deposits on them, which is why there is spending in both categories.

Building in rural Canada isn't cheap, but it's going to be done well and we're excited about that.  We're doing as much as we can too - to save $$.  You know that Jordan and I have done all of the demo, and we're also doing all of the painting.  We'll be painting our cabinet doors and trim too when the time comes.

We're so excited!


6/28/2016

Surgery One Week Later

A week ago I had surgery on my right foot for my plantar facilities.  The doctor had to re-injure the facia because it's no longer healing on its own, or with traditional solutions like physiotherapy and orthopedics.  They stabbed my heel 40-50 times with a very thin needle, which should encourage my body to heal that and the other issues.

On top of that, we also did a PRP injection.  I linked to the Wiki if anyone is interested, but what they did was take a vile of my own blood and then shook it until it separated.  They then injected the platelets back into my foot.  The idea is that it speeds up healing.

Fingers Crossed.  My doctors says it works for about 80%

The hardest part this past week has been managing Little Man.  He's not walking yet, but he sure is mobile with crawling and pulling himself up onto furniture.  Not to mention he loves being picked up and carted around and cuddled.  So he's been a bit fussy and cranky with having to be a bit more independent and at the same time, a bit more restricted with me using the exersaucer quite a bit more than we have before.

One more week of zero weight baring and then I can gradually start using it again.  Here's to counting down.

6/17/2016

Renovation Update: Demo!


It has been a busy couple of weeks since we started demolition of our kitchen and bathroom.

Here's few photos to show you what we've been up to.

A shot of the dining room and kitchen
Bathroom after the vanity was removed



Bathroom - 3 Layers of Flooring!

Bathroom, ready to start rebuilding


6/06/2016

May Spend Report

Here's the May spending report.  Groceries was high, in part because of a Costco shopping run to stock the camper Pantry and top up some things here.

Entertainment and gifts was higher partly because Jordan's family was in town for a visit so we had some extra expenses.

Home Maintenance is in large part the fencing stuff for our dog run.

Medical was from the appointments out of province.  This includes meals, gas etc., and hotels for the trips.  We'll be tracking this and submitting medical expenses on next years taxes.

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