In early 2016, we began the search for a new house. It was a long and tedious search as the housing market in Toronto was hot and houses were on the market for mere days before being sold at outrageously inflated prices. We lost out on 6 bidding wars, a few because we knew our limit and refused to go higher, the others, because we refused to buy a house without a house inspection.
When we walked into our house during our first viewing, we knew right away that it was ours. This was the house we wanted to spend the rest of our lives in. Sure, there was a lot to think about. Almost every room had pink walls. The floors were old and cracked. The washer and dryer were in the kitchen. The kitchen?! But, we didn’t care, it was ours. After a hectic 24 hours (we got our house inspection!) we signed on the dotted line and just had to wait 70 days for closing. It was a long 70 days.
We started fixing up the house slowly, by first painting all the rooms and rebuilding the back deck that was slowly sinking. It was a slow start, but we figured we have our entire lives to work on it, let’s make sure we do it right and start with what needed to be done first.
Well. Little did we know the universe had other plans for us.
At the beginning of this year a city water main burst outside our house and flooded our basement with water and mud. What didn’t go into our basement rushed along the side of the house creating an actual river of water, mud and gravel. It’s been a crazy couple of months with the demolition which uncovered a basement full of asbestos. Firing our first contractor, we hired a second to complete the asbestos removal. Because things never seem to go smoothly for my Husband and me, they didn’t end up doing it correct either. We’re about to have a second abatement which will remove the rest of the asbestos that was left behind, as well as to clean up the black mastic from the floors that is being stubborn and just won’t go.
We lost nearly everything that was in our basement and what wasn’t destroyed has been boxed up and has been in our upstairs living area for the past four months. It’s been an adventure, to say the least.
The flood sped up the timing and order of work that we need to do around the house. Once the asbestos is finally gone and we can give the basement a proper washing to remove the film of mud that is still on the floors and walls, we need to start tackling putting it all back together. I thought it would be fun to blog about it on the way.
We have lots of DIY ideas to complete once we have access to our basement again and I can’t wait to share them all with you.