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Raise the Roof: The very unsexy side of renovating – Part 1

It’s hard not to get swept up in the idea of renovating your home after just a quick scroll through Instagram, or a few hours of watching HGTV. I mean could Chip and Joanna make it look any more appealing?!?! The houses they design are nothing short of drool worthy. But there is a much less sexy side of renovating that doesn’t get talked about often. I mean you won’t see Sarah Richardson host a show about removing mold from your basement, or adding insulation to your attic. While these things may be a lot less sexy than a new kitchen, they are a worthwhile investment. In Part 1 of our multi part series, we’ll look at some renovations that don’t typically rank high on the priority list, but they are a worthwhile investment that you’ll thank yourself for doing.

Raising The Roof (Literally)
When we had our home inspected prior to purchase, we were told our roof had a few more years left. Well a severe wind storm on the heels of a late season ice storm proved that wasn’t the case.

Lucky for us the damage wasn’t too bad and our home insurance was going to cover a large portion of it. We could have had the roof repaired but we chose to replace the whole thing. Sounds crazy but hear me out. Further inspection of the damage revealed that the roof was likely not done professionally. The shingles were not installed correctly and they hadn’t used enough nails to secure them. They also didn’t put down a protective membrane to create a barrier between the plywood roof and the shingles. So we ripped the whole thing off and had it replaced. We also had them install some additional roof vents which allows for greater air flow and will help to extend the life of the roof (especially if you decide to go with black like we did and why wouldn’t you it looks stunning!).

Take Nike’s Advice & “Just Do It”
I’ll be the first one to admit how much it sucks to devote such a large sum of money to something as unfun as a roof. I certainly won’t be taking pics of it for social media #nobodycaresaboutyournewroof. But as the roofer explained to us, not only does a roof in need of replacing look bad, it has the potential to cause a lot of problems you can’t see.

Messy On The Inside
A roof at the end of its life isn’t providing the protection your house needs, so you’re likely spending additional money in heating and cooling costs. As well, it’s not keeping out the elements as it was designed to. That means water (in the form of snow or rain) can get into your attic and cause damage. Think wet insulation, mold, ice issues, the list goes on… You definitely don’t want to deal with the fallout from any of those (mold remediation can cost double or even triple of what a new roof does).

In the end, unless you buy a brand new home (and even then given some of the stories I’ve heard from friends and family) you’re eventually going to have to spend money on the essentials. While they may not be Instagram worthy, they will increase the value of your home which means more money for you if you decide to sell or refinance and need an appraisal. Now who doesn’t love increased equity?

The real side of renovations to be continued…

Dear Parents,

Let’s make a promise to one another, that if we see each other’s kids doing amazing things like being kind, helpful, or respectful to others, we share this with each other. After an emotionally draining weekend, I received the following message… You can only imagine how it made me light up. So many times as

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The Art of Playlists

  Our lives have always had soundtracks. Who can forget the movie High Fidelity? Well times have changed and mixtape on cassettes are a thing of the past. Today we have apps like Spotify and iTunes where one can simply create a playlist. This past weekend, I was at my BFF’s 40th birthday celebration. Her

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Travelling with a “Bag of Drugs”

I have peaked your interest haven’t I?!?! My motto in life is once bitten twice shy. Our last family vacation to a tropical destination in 2014 had a couple of “hiccups” so to speak, when my daughter got the stomach flu 2 days in to our getaway. After 2 sleepless nights we took her to

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Neighbourly Etiquette

Is it a beautiful day in your neighbourhood or was Mr. Roger’s smoking something? I often hear of people talking about how amazing their neighbours are. Pathways are being built between the homes for easy access to and from, cutting the pins off a section of fencing so it can be easily removed, opening up

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Spring Has (Finally) Sprung…

And with warmer weather just around the corner (any time now Mother Nature!), you’ve likely been thinking about getting out there and doing some shopping for some new Spring clothes. But before you head out to the stores and become mesmerized by all the fun prints, colours, and styles (and possibly spending a ton of

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Super Cute Unicorn Dream Catchers

Our resident crafting expert Jenell is at it again!  She recently made these super cute (and really easy) unicorn dream catchers with her daughter and friends and she’s showing you how.  Check out the video where we supply a list of all the materials you’ll need and step by step instructions for how to create

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10 Best Houseplants to De-stress Your Home

The houseplant is having a moment again (thank you Instagram and Joanna Gains).  I remember my grandma had tons of plants in her house when I was growing up, many hanging from the ceiling in those beaded macrame planters.  As it happens, those are also back in style.  Not sure I’m ready to incorporate macrame

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Is Mess the Cause of Your Stress?

It’s a proven fact that excess clutter can cause feelings of guilt (“I should be more organized”) and embarrassment (“I really hope nobody drops by unexpectedly!”) which leads to overall feelings of stress and anxiety. Often people wait until they decide to move to start clearing out and purging things they no longer have a

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Valentine Idea for Kids

Anyone who knows me knows how much I enjoy a good pun.  The menu at Demetres? Love it!  I mean if you don’t find a dessert named “The Fridges of Madison County” funny, we just can’t be friends #sorrynotsorry. So with Valentine’s Day just around we’ve put together some of our favourite ideas.  Check them

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