Duplex

We’re Home! Welcome to our new Duplex!

Holy moly, it’s been two whole months since I last blogged, which is longer than I’ve ever gone without blogging since I started. If you follow me on Instagram though, you’ll know why…we moved into our new home! This means that I can officially cross off the first 30 Before 30 goal that I’ve completed in 2014.

It has been a complete whirlwind over the last few months. I swear it was just Christmas. How is it April already? Not only were we busy finalizing all the details on our new duplex, sorting/purging/packing our belongings, meeting with the bank/insurance/mortgage broker, but we also decided to keep our condo and rent it. Are we crazy? MAYBE. So amidst all of the new house preparations, we were also looking for tenants, doing walk-through’s of the condo, completing all the paperwork for renters, and fixing up the few minor things that needed fixing before renters moved in. There was a lot of second guessing, a lot of worrying, one meltdown with buckets of tears and snot included on my part, one very busy week of rehearsals and my second successful choir concert, a few days of “I just want to give up, let’s sell the condo and be done with it”, and then EXTREME happiness when we found the perfect tenants and signed a rental agreement.

Then, on one of the only beautiful and mild weekends in March, we got the keys to the duplex! We were very fortunate that we had a two-week overlap of time between getting possession of the duplex and our tenants moving into the condo. We are also very fortunate that we ended up moving only 5-10 minutes away, and so we moved all of our breakables and artwork before the “big” move. A handful of family and friends helped up move our stuff to the new place and also deep-clean the condo, which I am SO GRATEFUL for…thank you to the people who helped us – you know who you are <3

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Nathan and I are absolutely loving our new home. We’ve got room for growth here, with a whole basement that is unfinished and waiting to be developed. A downstairs man cave (the TV is already down there as per Nathan’s request) means that our upstairs living room will be for relaxing, playing games, listening to music, enjoying the company of our favourite people, and having meaningful conversations. There’s room to (eventually) start a family here. Then there’s the light. Coming from a condo where we had windows on only one side, facing east, having windows on 3 sides of our new place is a luxury. I am enraptured by the changing light in our new place.

You can look forward to photos of the entire decorating process! We’re already busy mudding, sanding, painting, unpacking, arranging, rearranging and dreaming / scheming. Hooray for new home decorating adventures!

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