The summer of 2011 was an impatient time for Leanne and I.
We had done a fair amount of work ourselves on the house including remodeling the kitchen, master bedroom, and kids bedrooms. We had also been through the process, with the help of Leanne’s parents, of insulating and sealing the house as best we could and successfully applied for a Livesmart BC grant for making the house more efficient.
What could have been the final job, the bathroom and the foundation issues below it, was how on hold. We had begun the process of obtaining our Heritage Revitalization Agreement which meant research and paperwork.
I have a strong memory of the competing voices in my head. The voice saying, “get ‘er done!” was being told, “sit down and shut up” and it was not happy.
It is one thing to say that the longer you plan a reno, the better your plan will be and the more money you will save, but it is another to be forced into that position by zoning bylaws. It is like your parents making you do something that you know is good for you.
I don’t want to keep you in suspense, however, so here is what we arrived at working with Annabel for the rear addition.
With an eye to continuing the natural evolution of the house, she suggested we extend the original shed addition out further right across the back of the house. That will extend the back wall of the bathroom and leave room for a larger bedroom closet and no need to move the existing closet door.
It also left us with a choice of enlarging the office (once the pantry) and the sunroom (the walled-in porch). We decided to give ourselves a living space we would enjoy far more: a large covered porch. This porch will let us enjoy the garden in any weather and host outdoor dinners in the summer. The thought of it made Leanne and I noticeably happier. My Dad said:
The new back porch certainly looks big enough for large summer dinners, (especially if it is screened to foil wasps) great for parties.
Annabel provided us with as-is drawings as well as plans. Take a look!
The idea here is to carefully consider our long-term life in the house so that, when Maple Ridge Council approves our Heritage Agreement, we will be ready to apply for permits. We’re planning in bulk here and we don’t want to have to return, hat in hand, for a Heritage Alteration Permit, once we’re designated heritage, do we?
Heh. Of course the cost of the reno has gone up since those first napkin sketches, but we won’t have to do this all at once. Will we?