Lighting, Restoration, Staircase

New Lighting for the Foyer

I have a love affair with lighting for our house. When we first moved in I wanted modern lights with a nod to the vinatage. As I have spent time in the house, I have come to hate the new lights. They do not fit. They look too small, cheap and airy. I want lights… Continue reading New Lighting for the Foyer

Backyard, Uncategorized, Yard

The Tree

One of the most impressive things about the back yard was the large ash tree that dominated the back corner. We knew looking at it that it would eventually have to come down, but we were hoping it would be later rather than sooner. Unfortunately this spring in a wind storm, a large branch was… Continue reading The Tree


On Becoming a Wallpaper Enthusiast

There are few things in renovations more annoying than having to remove wallpaper. (Except maybe scraping carpet glue from hardwood floors, but that is a different post for a different day). Most rooms in the house have more than their fair share of paper, with some rooms having as many as 11 different layers. That… Continue reading On Becoming a Wallpaper Enthusiast

Restoration, Staircase

Rainy Day Staircase

The staircase was probably the reason we bought the house. Stepping in the front door made quite the first impression. With one problem. The same problem we have throughout the house: carpet. A quick peek during the home inspection confirmed two things: 1. The stairs were oak 2. Carpet had been glued down at some… Continue reading Rainy Day Staircase


Initial Musings

We are hoping to document our adventures of renovating/ restoring our home. It was built around 1905-1908, as the Manse for St. Andrews United Church. We are collecting documentation to confirm the actual dates it was built.  After viewing fire plans from 1911 we know that the house has undergone one addition. Inspection tells us… Continue reading Initial Musings