Bathroom: how we stretched the budget

Last week I talked about the importance of the design process and posted a few tutorials (here and here) that might help all you DIY rebels with your renovations, or more specifically, planning your renovations. Now that we have decided to go for a full bathroom update, we really need the budget to work for us.  Unexpected renovations, especially in the middle of another ongoing renovation, are not ideal.  This means working under a lot of restrictions, and forgoing things…

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DIY DESIGN: creating simple elevations

This quick tutorial will give you a basic guideline on how to create your own elevation drawings for your renovation.  To create these you’ll need to start with a scaled floor plan.  Find out how to do that here. Creating an elevation, or a ‘wall view’ of the room you are designing, gives you a different perspective on the space, and allows you to plan vertically.  Drawing these to scale will let you test out different wall mounted elements, and…

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DIY DESIGN: Creating a simplified floor plan to scale

This quick tutorial will show you how to take the measurements of your space and turn them into a floor plan that is to scale, or directly proportionate to what is actually happening in the space.  These drawings will let you quickly reference how a new piece will fit (or if it will fit **crosses fingers**) and how it will work with existing elements in the room (walls, and other items that are not moving ie. the toilet shown here).…

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Designing a space – a basic process for DIY’ers

When planning for a renovation the most important advice I can give to all you DIY’ers is DON’T WING IT.  Plan everything possible before you begin.  This includes selecting all your finishes and fixtures, and making sure everything works together both aesthetically and spatially. There are several reasons to do this: PROJECT MANAGEMENT – purely from a project management point of view having everything pre-selected helps to avoid delays. You won’t get stuck having to back track, or redo something to make…

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SAN DIEGO: Seaport Village and Manchester Grand Hyatt

I just have to start by saying; I LOVE SAN DIEGO.  Honestly. We took a trip last year to the California coast and I fell in love.  I took a LOT of photos and its taken me awhile to get through them all.  I just recently had the time to get my huge photo library (semi) organized and going through the images just brings me right back there! I thought I would share some of my favourite parts of this…

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Bathroom: the design decision

After contemplating our options (and our budget) for the bathroom, we have come to a decision. Last week I reviewed the potential options for a renovation we didn’t expect and haven’t planned for. You can take a look at that breakdown in this post.  From a design perspective, the idea of half finishing a space is a difficult one for me, so options #1 or #2 are not my first choice.  We also can’t magically make money appear, so that…

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LOCAL: ROCK GLEN CONSERVATION AREA

We were recently looking for something new and fun to do with the kids.  We didn’t want to travel too far, but craved a little adventure.  After doing some good old googling, we settled on a day at Rock Glen.  We are both familiar with the local attraction, but I hadn’t been since I was a child and had only vague memories of the place.  Well.  It was pretty awesome. After parking you walk around the trail and almost immediately…

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Bathroom: an unexpected reno

So, we had a bit of an event here at the LND residence a little while ago… It turns out the shower in the second story bathroom was not standing up to our daily use.  For some time water had been seeping though the grout lines to the drywall behind.  I had noticed there were a few places that the grout was thinning, and needed to be re-grouted, I just didn’t know that water was already seeping in. Showers can be constructed in such a…

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An argument for sleep

I will admit it. I was one of those people who wore my lack of sleep as a badge of honour.  I absolutely felt it was irrefutable proof that I was committed, determined, and SUCCESSFUL.  I would repeatedly go with about 3 hours of sleep in a 24 hour period for weeks at a time, often interspersed with going 24 hrs + without any sleep at all.  I did this for about 2 years, and I didn’t see anything wrong…

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Kitchen: The lighting dilemma

I am at a design impasse. The kitchen has been pretty functional for some time now.  There are several things left to finish this space, like the upper cabinets in the coffee bar area, and shelving above the new counter beside the range, but first I have to finally address the lighting issue…The lighting in the space needs some help…a lotta help, actually.  There are functional and aesthetic issues going on and I’ve been on the fence on how to…

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