If you’ve been to the shop this week you might have noticed a lot of noise going on upstairs. We have begun the first stage of renovating our home above the store, taking out all of the interior structure and leaving a blank slate to be put back together.
Over the last 2 years we’ve been putting in a little bit of work here and there to make our apartment nice to live in, but all the work we did was simply cosmetic. This old building has a lot of structural and electrical issues that need to be taken care of sooner than later.
It was a little hard committing to renovating our place, there is a lot on our plates and we did have the living room the way we wanted but there were so many things we couldn’t fix without getting invasive like: stucco ceilings, way too many awkward rooms, a college dorm kitchen, no windows, and the very obvious issues with structure. It’s impossible to capture with photographs but you can actually feel the floor sinking as you walk close to the Bay window area, this is perhaps our biggest problem area to fix during the renovation.
So why now?
Besides the obvious fixes to get the building back to code, we just feel that this is the best time for us to take on our future home. We want to have a family some day soon, but we’ve had a lot of friends who went through renovations during pregnancy, and it was very stressful time. Why not try to start enjoying our home sooner than later. Plus, we’re really excited to collaborate with Studio Junction again on this project. Christine and Peter have played such an important role in our life, and it wasn’t even a question of whether or not to work with them again. We were talking about the future of the building even before designing the store.
The good thing about a building this narrow is that there are no internal load bearing walls, so we can just gut the whole place and start from scratch. In the meantime we’re temporarily renting an apartment just down the street. We’re excited to share some insight during the next stage in our renovating endeavors. Also we’ve got our temporary apartment looking pretty good in the meantime, more on that to come!