Welcome to Parkview!

Hi Guys!! I hope everyone had a safe and relaxing long weekend. It’s weird how just one weekend seems to separate Summer from Fall… but sure enough I even broke out my Uggs on Saturday!
I am sorry I went MIA last week! It was moving week at Lexington. All the furniture found new homes (Hi to all the fabulous people who came by!!), but I kind of forgot just how many small items I had there, as well as moving the mattress and larger things we are keeping. And if that wasn’t exciting (yet tiring!) enough, we also got the keys to our next project on Friday!!!!
I want to welcome you all to Parkview.
She is a not all that pretty, but I think it might be a classic ugly duckling story. We just have to make her a swan. 
I am happy to not be tackling this project alone, but together with my sister, Torri, and my Dad. Both of them were so much help at Lexington that we decided to band together and start a new little company all together. I am still going to be working on my own project(s), but think it is going to be a really fun adventure to do projects with them too! 
I am not even going to go into detail today with what all needs to happen here because it is obviously A LOT. But again, you guys will get the moment by moment progress. Which reminds me, would you like more reno posts than Lexington, less, the same? I don’t want to turn the blog into a crazy construction site but if you want more than one weekly post let me know or if you want special posts on certain projects!
As bad as the outside is, you won’t believe the inside!!!!
Business meeting/family reunion taking place in the hallway?Powder room? Laundry room? We don’t even know at this point… It is a weird, weird house that we are completely re-working as far as layout goes.
I am so happy the last owner was kind enough to paint the ducts… it definitely makes everything look a little less crazy. not
What I’m guessing was the kitchen, but will become the family room.
Standing in the current dining room (which will become the kitchen) looking into the living room (which will become a living/dining room).
Still in the future kitchen. It should be a big one!
Looking into the mud room from the hallway.
 Large den off the mud room?! which will gain entry from the front hall as well eventually.
The ONLY thing worth saving in here: the wood stairs.
Upstairs hallway. Centering and enlarging the window is one of our first projects.
There are four good sized bedrooms upstairs, but only ONE bathroom in the WHOLE HOUSE. so we are adding a powder room downstairs as well as converting one bedroom into a spacious ensuite/ closet off the master. 
It won’t look all that glamorous for quite some time, but it is so much fun to watch it all come together. Our first projects start up in the next week or two: all new windows/doors and siding.

Welcome to Parkview!

42 thoughts on “Welcome to Parkview!

  1. I love reading your blog. The Lexington posts were great. I didn't notice the frequency, but more would be very nice. I love home reno projects bc it's things I could see myself doing, as well.

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  2. Thanks so much everyone!!!
    Sounds like the consensus is for more posts on the reno so I will up it to 2 per week, or do specific posts on projects being done~
    I would hate to bore you to tears on the placement of a drain pipe LOL.

    Kim, the house was gutted like that by the previous owner who thought he would do the renos but lost interest/gave up after the demo. He was a pretty guy, owning and running several Tim Horton's restaurants so I can see why his energy level gave out!

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  3. I loved Lexington posts, and would love too see more of this one! I wonder, how does one even go about flipping houses… and financing for it? I'd love to know more! Are you selling them outright, or renting them out?

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  4. Wow, what a huge project!
    I can see a lovely window seat on that landing.
    I want more reno posts, Lexington to may way of thinking was a little short of posts during the process!

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  5. My preference is simply MORE! I recognize that I probably underestimate how much time/effort goes into each entry but I read all you pen and truly love the styling/photos. Your taste is impeccable. So my vote = blog as much as you can to still enjoy it, because I promise you we do!

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  6. I don't think my las post worked… -.-'

    ANYHOOO I'm super excited to see what you will come up with in this new house! I loved seeing what you did in the Lexington, LOVED it!

    AND I love that your in the same neck of the woods as me! My husband and I are trading up our 2 year old home for an older Handyman's Special home! haha That term cracks me up! He's a carpenter/Framer by trade and he will be working full time. So this will be an afterwork second job for him! I'm on mat leave right now and waiting for a new baby PLUS I have a toddler running around. Luckily I have my mother to help with that so I can tackle some much needed DIY projects that have been running through my brain! I'm super excited to see what you will come up with. MORE reno posts please!!

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  7. I agree with Little Lovables would love love love to get in on the process of reno/flipping houses! I would love to know how you go about it from financing to finding the house etc etc! Keep up the great work! I love seeing strong, successful Canadian women! Lots of love from the East Coast

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