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A New House

If I (and we) had the luxury of blogging full time, we might have began this blog almost a year ago, when we started looking for a new home.  A crazy hectic year later, after looking and searching, we bought a beautiful 100-year old redbrick farm house in Ontario, Canada.  I think we were too caught up in the looking, and research and just the work of buying that we didn’t even stop to think about recording the entire process.

When we bought this old charmer in August of 2015, we were just another owner of a long history, the previous ‘owner’ being a landlord who rented some rooms out to students at the local University.  We were blown away by its charm, and its original features.  It had a very rustic, vintage charm to it, and just needed someone to help bring it out.  The gigantic backyard was also a big selling point.

We took one look and 5 hours later had negotiated a selling price.

This is more or less what we were walking into.  Empty, kind of neglected, needing some love.  It wasn’t hard to imagine our own stamp on it, but it was also tricky to try and align our ‘style’ with our desire to keep the original details, such as the 100 year old floor boards.

If we’ve learning anything through the process of turning our old house into a home, it that the work is worth it, but man, it takes a lot of work.

Richard James Lee is a Canadian-born Writer, Chef and Entrepreneur. He is the Editor in Chief of Ions and Chef of Kayak SmokeHouse in Toronto. His Printed Works include Dark City Streets and White.

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