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Saying goodbye to your childhood home.


I actually remember it fairly clearly. I was just finished senior kindergarten, and my parents were packing up the house for our big move from East York to Whitby. I remember my younger brother being in a playpen in the living room, as we all explored the new house. There was a big room for my sister and I to share. I was too young to know all the details and what moving meant, but the new place was home pretty quick, and we all adapted well.

I was four at the time. I don’t remember much of it, but for some reason this memory stands out.

Fast-forward to last fall, and my parents decided this would be the best time to sell their house and capitalize on the crazy housing market. After a bit of a failed attempt the first time, my parents sold their house in February. With a booming housing market, the hard part was just beginning.

As I’ve mentioned in the past, I’m pretty addicted to house hunting, so immediately I started browsing. I, of course, am I big fan of fixer uppers. We walked through a number of houses, some that were move-in ready, some that needed some love, and some that needed a full makeover. I knew my parents were working on a limited budget, wanting to save some money for retirement, but when their agent walked us through one house in particular, I fell in love. My parents, well they were the total opposite.

This small bungalow was so dated. With a teal blue kitchen, creaky floors and three teeny, tiny bedrooms, it was perfect! What really sold me on it, was the back yard, with a stunning pool, and the possibility for an open floor plan.

Images courtesy of Realtor.ca

I’ve added some pics here, but I’m going to walk you through the full plans! I’d love to hear your first impression!

It's a cute house, but it could use some love, and maybe a few less bedrooms right?

We’ve had a busy 2 weeks working on the gutting and rebuild, in partnership with two friends. I’ll be sure to post the before and after photos. I can't get enough of the process. If anyone is thinking about starting a renovation, I’m happy to give you some tips and ideas for your space. It’s really something I am loving, and have quite a knack for if I do say so myself!

Renovating is so much easier when it’s someone else’s budget and when you have people doing things full time. (Or more than full time like these guys!) Thanks to my parents for footing the bill for my expensive hobby ;) I hope it's worth it in the end for them. It's so exciting seeing how happy they are with the reno, especially when it was not their first choice of houses.

See you later this week with some more photos!

- Taryn

#life #renovations

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Taryn It Up is a DIY and Lifestyle blog that is meant to inspire and empower women and men to take on projects outside of their comfort zone. Taryn Gibb offers DIY tutorials for easy DIY projects anyone can do at home. TarynItUp will show you how to renovate a kitchen, give you tips and tricks to renovate any room of your home and help you to pick the right decor to enhance any style. Complete your projects at your own risk.

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