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14 Nov, 2012

Reno post #50 – a heads up regarding the future of Fishbowlreno posts

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Home/reno

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I have a handful of posts left to write about on the renovation front, mostly because (a) there are a whole bunch of things that I know would make good blogging fodder and (b) I like to give credit where credit is due.

This is a short version of what’s on our to-do list:

  • We’re still waiting for the installation of a couple major mirrors: (1) a biggie in the family bathroom and (2) in the mudroom bathroom. It is challenging to get ready in the morning I tell ya. For all I know I could be walking around with toothpaste dribbles down my shirt all day. Every day.
  • Also under the Still To Come column: our breakfast bar. I can’t wait to tell you more about it because frankly, it’s going to be incredible. 106 inches of PURE AWESOME. (Here’s a hint in regards to where it is being sourced. Woot!)
  • Also: I have some outstanding bits to shop around for, namely a few area rugs because HELLO, HARDWOOD FLOORS ECHO echo… echo…
  • Also: there are still boxes that need to be unpacked and bits of paint that needs to be touched up.
  • We still have a lot of art and photos to hang.
  • Let’s not even talk about the basement.

So here’s where I’m going with the remainder of this series (which HAS been a doozy, hasn’t it?). I’m going to do a room-by room breakdown now that we’re almost at the finish line, and talk about what materials we used and our motivation for making the decisions we did. Sound like a plan?

And when EVERYTHING is said and done I’m going to celebrate with a big open house… a giant real life show n’ tell! Who wants to come? :)

18 Responses to "Reno post #50 – a heads up regarding the future of Fishbowlreno posts"

1 | Tatiana

November 14th, 2012 at 12:30 pm


How exciting! Sounds like an excellent plan :)

3 | Lala

November 14th, 2012 at 1:56 pm


me me mimimimmijiiiii

4 | Sarah

November 14th, 2012 at 2:19 pm


This is totally and completely nosy, but I would love to know some of the costs involved in your reno. I’m looking at doing something like this (although it involves ripping the ugly, nasty kitchen off our old farmhouse) too, and I really have NO idea how much it’s going to cost. Do I save $5,000, $50,000, or $500,000? If you’re willing, and I completely understand if you’re not, I would love some general ideas of how much each room costs or costs per square foot.

5 | Lynn

November 14th, 2012 at 3:35 pm


I’ll be there!

6 | Cindy W

November 14th, 2012 at 4:37 pm


I’m looking forward to the summaries and the party!!! I’ll bring some wine!!!

7 | CarrieLou

November 14th, 2012 at 8:02 pm


How very generous of you, Andrea! I would absolutely love to see your beautiful ‘new’ house live and in person. :))

8 | Lisa from Iroquois

November 14th, 2012 at 9:32 pm


I’m trying to get brave enough to move beyond painting and changing furniture in our big old farmhouse and since you are nearly local to me that means your prices and sources are very valuable. Thank you for sharing.

9 | Pamela

November 15th, 2012 at 8:50 am


I wanna see too!

10 | Jen Hughes

November 15th, 2012 at 11:04 am


OMG are you serious?? That’s awesome. I’d love to come! :) You are hilarious. And awesome.

11 | andrea

November 16th, 2012 at 10:07 am


Great! I’ll post an evite as soon as we are more or less done around here. :)

To answer your question Sarah, I’m not exactly comfortable sharing numbers in this particular forum, but I will say that we had the same questions you did when we started out… How far with $xxx,xxx take us exactly? The best thing to do is start by interviewing some professionals and comparing notes. We hired an architect and went from there. I hope that helps a little!

12 | Sarah

November 17th, 2012 at 5:54 pm


Andrea – I totally understand not sharing numbers (and I didn’t really expect you too). It’s great to know the first steps you took. Can I ask how far in advance you interviewed people? How far ahead of your start date did you hire the architect? Thanks for the advice.

13 | Elizabeth

November 19th, 2012 at 10:00 am


I would love to see your new house too as I’ve been following your blog :)

14 | andrea

November 19th, 2012 at 10:07 am


Sarah – in terms of timelines we interviewed and hired our architect in Spring 2011. We worked on the designs together and he helped us find the construction manager/contractor fellow we ended up hiring. We moved out at the end of May 2012, and moved back in end of October 2012.

Makes me tired just thinking about it. :)

15 | Sarah

November 19th, 2012 at 11:54 pm


It does sound exhausting. We’re looking at starting our project in about five years, and I’m exhausted just daydreaming about it! Thanks for your information.

16 | coffeewithjulie

November 21st, 2012 at 2:02 pm


Did someone say nosey? Show and tell? COUNT ME IN!!

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My name is Andrea and I live in the Westboro area of Ottawa with my husband Mark and our dog Piper who is kind of a big deal on Instagram. We also have two human daughters: Emma (20) and Sarah (18). During the day I work as a writer at The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre. I am a longtime Ottawa blogger and I've occupied this little corner of the WWW since 1999. The Fishbowl is my whiteboard, water cooler, and journal, all rolled into one. I'm passionate about healthy living, arts and culture, family travel, great gear, good food, and sharing the best of Ottawa for families. I also love vegetables, photography, gadgets, and great design.

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