Life has been a real roller-coaster for me the past year. It feels like ages since I’ve updated my website too; likely because it HAS been ages. My my, how the time has flown. At the same time, so much has happened in such a short time, when you compare the two together.
For any of my past readers who are finding this post now, I just want to say that I so appreciate you for sticking with me and coming back to check on me. I have become good friends with some of my readers (you know who you are) and our friendship has greatly enriched my life, especially this past year when things have been so hectic.
For everyone else who has completely no idea what I’m talking about and are probably yelling at me through your screens “so what’s the big update? Tell us already!… here goes.
You know how I’ve been saying that I LOVE Vancouver? I’ve been blabbing on about how there’s just so many neat things to do in Vancouver when it comes to entertainment, shopping, activities, night life and oh… snowboarding?
Well, I know this is going to sound crazy but, I bought a home in Vancouver and have just finished renovating it. I spent the first couple nights in it for the first time just the other week. Crazy right? I know the housing market here is nuts and yes it was a pretty big stretch on my budget, but I don’t regret it at all for a second.
So let me tell you about the new place in Vancouver. I got a place in Kitsilano, which is a beautiful area. It’s close to the water and downtown, yet it’s quite and peaceful there. The place I got isn’t brand new and definitely needed some work done to it. To help me out, I hired a home renovation company in Vancouver called Top To Bottom Construction. They also do home restoration work for water damage and things like that, which actually came in handy when the owner of the company noticed that there was an area in the ceiling showing a leak in the roof. That ended up costing me a little more, but I’m glad that he caught it and fixed it when he did, because winter is coming up and that small leak surely would have caused a lot more damage in the coming months.
I had a lot of renovation work done, from the flooring, windows, doors and cabinets to the bathroom faucets, tiles and kitchen. The kitchen was a big project on its own but I am so happy with the way it has turned out. The original kitchen had a warm style from the 90s which, admittedly, was nice but it’s almost the year 2020 and I wanted a more modern look. I don’t mind the 90s look too much but there were a lot of repairs that needed to be done so I decided to just go all the way and completely renovate it to a newer style. It looks fantastic now! Here’s a big shout out to the guys at Top To Bottom Construction that were a complete pleasure to work with. My home is not featured in their video, but you can see some of their other work below:
Anyway, I won’t bore you with all the details. All in all, the renovations took about 3 months. I had a landscaper come and do some work on the front and back yard as well. I’m excited to host a barbecue on the new patio outside, although it will probably have to wait until the Summer time for that to happen. I love Vancouver, but it could probably do with fewer cold and rainy days.
This has been a huge step for me and I am so looking forward to the snowboarding season coming up! If I can get around to it, I’ll try to post a few pictures of the renovations.
Until next time!