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The House has a Home!

     June 18, 2014 0 Comments

Woohoo!!

The good news – we signed an offer on a property! Which means… we finally have a location for this house! We lucked out and found the perfect property. It’s on a quiet street within walking distance to parks and stores. We’re also happy with the neighbourhood – Harbour Landing. Ruth from A.R.E. Law put together the paper work for us to purchase the lot and helped us through the whole process. She’s a great real estate lawyer if you need one!

The bad news – the lot is designed for a house plan with the opposite garage orientation of what we had created.

The best news – we’re on a corner lot, which means no neighbours on one side! It also means making one side of the house appealing since it will be visible from the street. KRN Residential Design is going to take a look at the exterior of the house and come up with something pretty for us.

It didn’t take long for KRN Residential Design to flip the house. They did have to backtrack a bit with the foundation design and engineered detailing, but at last we’re taking a giant leap forward.

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I may have also taken this opportunity to add a second window beside the front door in order to centre it and create a larger transom.

Isn’t it strange to look at it flipped? I’d show you the interior floor plan but it’s the engineered version which means it has markings all over it. It’s harder to read now, so I’ll save you from straining your eyes.

Do any of our readers live in Harbour Landing? What do you love about the area? Are you relieved that we found a property, and aren’t just creating a fictional house? We sure are.


About the Author
mm I have a passion for the arts, cooking, vintage pieces and DIY projects. I enjoy mixing patterns and colours to make a space my own. I love supporting local businesses and participating in the growth of our community. I laugh and play every day with my wonderful and loving family. Regina is a place that I am happy to call home.

Please Hold (while we make up our minds!)

     April 11, 2014 0 Comments

Typically, someone already owns a property when they begin planning but we went about it the opposite way. When we started this project, we thought we’d be signing the papers on a property in the near future but that plan has taken its sweet time. We didn’t hesitate to begin working with KRN Residential Design because we know that designing a custom home is also time consuming and we wanted to get a head start on it. We were confident that we would buy a property that would fit the floor plan, meaning the property had to be at least 40 feet wide. However, now that we’re considering a huge lot in the country, the plans would change significantly and it’s not fair to Kelly and his team to have to redo the entire design. The changes would hurt our budget too.

Therefore, we’ve decided to put our work with KRN Residential Design on hold until we make up our minds regarding a property. We’re grateful that Kelly and his team are flexible and accommodating of our indecisiveness. We promise we will make up our minds soon and get back on track.

In the meantime, we are talking to everyone we know about the areas we are considering to get opinions and recommendations. We are even meeting with a realtor, Mike Beatch, to give us his professional opinion on our property options. Stay tuned, we’ll fill you in on that conversation too. It might come down to the flip of a coin.

Who do you go to for trusted advice? What makes a residential area appealing to you?

 


About the Author
mm I have a passion for the arts, cooking, vintage pieces and DIY projects. I enjoy mixing patterns and colours to make a space my own. I love supporting local businesses and participating in the growth of our community. I laugh and play every day with my wonderful and loving family. Regina is a place that I am happy to call home.

Country livin’?

     April 10, 2014 1 Comment

Finding a property has been our biggest hurdle so far. Because of the nature of this project, finding a flexible builder is key. We have recently met with a builder that we are strongly considering and a property that is available in the north end. However, a different property just became available to us and we are back to the drawing board, weighing pros and cons. Since we haven’t determined the future of the house, whether it will be one we live in or if it goes on the market, we have to consider the type of person we imagine would buy it. We picture the house being well suited for a young family, which means when considering the location, it needs to appeal to the average young family. 

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The property that became available is located just outside the city in a new development. It’s like living in the country but still within a short drive to the city. The properties are huge compared to those in the city. I’m talking football fields as backyards. It’s a nice and quiet area with beautiful housing already going up. It would be a retreat with wonderful views of the sunsets and prairie fields.  I fell in love with the idea of having a spacious property, but I’m not sure if it’s the right one for this project. We’ll keep you posted!

 

Do you live out of town? Is a big property important to you? Does space outweigh convenience? 

 

 


About the Author
mm I have a passion for the arts, cooking, vintage pieces and DIY projects. I enjoy mixing patterns and colours to make a space my own. I love supporting local businesses and participating in the growth of our community. I laugh and play every day with my wonderful and loving family. Regina is a place that I am happy to call home.

Lack of Lots

     April 2, 2014 0 Comments

Ugh, finding a vacant lot is A LOT harder than we imagined. We’re finding that most properties are owned by home builders, and very few of these home builders will build a house to lock-up (which is what we are wanting to do). Zero of the ones we’ve contacted are willing to just sell us a property (for obvious reasons, I know). Other options are buying infill lots, but those are extremely rare to find in a good area at a reasonable price…$150k for a 25′ lot? no thank you! The last option on our list is buying a house and tearing it down.. which just won’t happen because that’s not in the budget.

To add to our list of challenges in finding a home builder to work with, we want one that is flexible and allows us to use our own contractors for the excavation and windows because we can get those products and services through the Tradebank Regina network. We do have one lead on a property in the North end of the city, so cross your fingers for us!

Have you built your own home? Without naming names, was your experience a good one? Which area would you live in if you had your pick?


About the Author
mm I have a passion for the arts, cooking, vintage pieces and DIY projects. I enjoy mixing patterns and colours to make a space my own. I love supporting local businesses and participating in the growth of our community. I laugh and play every day with my wonderful and loving family. Regina is a place that I am happy to call home.