Our House

Here's a list of the features in our newly acquired house as compared to this list I made of my ideal house:

  • older than your grandparents, if your grandparents were born less than 84 years ago;
  • detached (yes!);
  • not too spacious rooms, but that only means less space to clean (compromise);
  • 3 bedrooms (yes!);
  • good-sized, fenced backyard sans the mature trees;
  • smells nice (yes!);
  • main floor is carpet-free;
  • medium-sized galley kitchen;
  • a bathroom on the same level with the master bedroom (yes!);
  • a partly finished basement;
  • relatively good privacy;
  • both porch and deck for my plants (yes!);
  • oil heating (compromise);
  • newer electrical wiring (yes!);
  • private driveway (yes!);
  • seemingly nice neighbourhood.

We could've bought a bigger house with a beautiful view but the amount of work required to make the house up to code was daunting and would cost us and arm and a leg so we had to make a couple of compromises and get the best house we could get without going over-budget. I think we bought the house at just the right time because now I don't think we could buy a house as nice as what we just bought with the budget we had. Suddenly they all cost $20,000 more! So yeah, we're quite happy with our acquisition.

Now that we've bought a smallish house, I've become quite addicted to the Apartment Therapy weblog because it offers a lot of ideas for decorating your small space and space-saving tips. I've also picked up a lot of books on home decorating from our favourite bargain book stores and book sales. I really can't wait to start buying furniture and decorate the house! But sadly, I have to wait for a little less than 3 months for that. :( Oh well. Time will fly, I'm sure.

Oh, and if anyone wants to give us a housewarming gift, anything from my ever-growing wishlist would be much appreciated. ;)


  1. jake titus
    May 6, 2008

    See, your list wasn’t unre­al­is­tic after all. Con­grats again!

  2. denise
    May 6, 2008

    I must say, I love the Apt Ther­a­py blog! It’s so awe­some! Anoth­er good blog/site is unclutterer.com. It’s along the same vein and has some awe­some ideas! :)

  3. John Lampard
    May 9, 2008

    Con­grats on the house pur­chase :) I prefer apart­ments myself, even if they are small­er… the body cor­po­rate has pay some­one else to do all the hard work, mow lawns, take bins out… all the stuff I’m too lazy to do :)

  4. kaley
    May 13, 2008

    Can­not wait to see your new place Fir­da! The pics look beau­ti­ful. You guys will make it such a love­ly com­fort­able home. And I love Strat­ford — the fes­ti­val so close the parks and swans… as I say, can’t wait to vis­it! Con­grats again!

  5. Ragil
    May 26, 2008

    Hey, love ur blog. And con­grats for the new house.. can’t wait to hear more.. Xx..


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