Have you bought a home in Toronto recently? It’s awesome right?! And by awesome I mean, I’d rather stick a sharp stick in my eye than ever do it again. In three months we lost four homes in bidding wars. One in particular was essentially a dumpster that went $200K over asking!
Toronto – you’ve lost your minds!
So, when we got tired of dragging our kids across town to house hunt every weekend, we decided if we can’t find a house, let’s build it! A little ambitious since the only thing we build is Ikea furniture.
A few days later, and after yet another bidding war, we were the proud owners of a bungalow in the heart of our desired neighbourhood.
Our builder has reminded me a few times that we’ve essentially bought a pile of dirt – aside from three exterior walls, nothing will stay. My 3 year old is super jazzed about knocking down a house, but I feel guilty. This lovely woman has lived there 45 years and we’re just going to tear the place down. And let’s be honest, Mother Nature isn’t giving us any enthusiastic high fives for the donation to the landfill. However, chances are the current owner doesn’t really care, and the reality is we beat two other builders for this house – so either way it was coming down. All I can promise is that this house will be built with love and respect for our new neighbours and our lovely planet.
It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home. ~Author Unknown
In an effort to make nicey nice with Mother Nature, we’re going to try to make as many eco-friendly and sustainable selections as our budget will allow. So far I’ve been having a lot of fun working with our builder to design the interior layout of the home. This might just be the smallest (it’s 18 feet wide), most functional home you will ever see!
I still can’t believe we’re doing this. My hubby and I have always talked about building our own home, but I thought those conversations were more of a daydream than anything. But we’re doing it! I really hope we don’t kill each other.
Have you ever built your own home or gone through a major reno? Any tips? Any recos for Toronto suppliers?