After spending almost a decade dreaming of home ownership and saving religiously, it seemed that owning a home in Toronto was still way out of reach. Although I had spent one weekend in Prince Edward County when my kids with very little, I had not been back for years, though I remember having had great memories of the trip. I am not sure what led me to get in the car one morning, five years ago, and set out to meet with a real estate agent in Picton, but I did, and with certainty I felt this was where I needed to buy a house. This was before the County seemed to be splashed on the cover of Toronto Life, and probably just after the Drake Devonshire and some chic landmarks were going in, but before the buzz began. At the time it was what I could afford, which wasn't a lot, and I figured that if I could rent it out, and cover my mortgage, it would (hopefully) be okay. That April morning in 2016, started me on another journey that along with music has become a huge passion for me. I have since purchased 3 additional houses and sold 1 one of them, but more than anything else I have met great people, and have put together a renovation team that are top notch. I never imagined how much joy renovating would bring me, but seeing spaces transform is so inspiring to me, as is taking care of the houses my tenants live in. I need to stress that all of the homes were very much fixer upper's and this entire enterprise was started on a shoestring budget, barely knowing if any of it would work out, but praying it would. I hope to share before and after photos and my passion projects that keep me looking at Pinterest in the wee hours of the night and keep my creativity flowing along with songwriting <3
This was the house before the renovation, but after a main wall was taken down which opened up the space.
The large gas fireplace, and barn door entrance to the laundry and bathroom are my two favourite features and really set the style and feel of the house.
This was small house which had been used as a residential home but originally served as a bakery. The buildings adjacent had been a former train station and the home of the train station operator. The house was small, only 800 square feet, with a wall heater, a dividing wall between the living room and kitchen, and no updates. The renovation was extensive, tearing down the dividing wall, putting in a new kitchen, adding a shiplap wood ceiling with pot lights, and putting up new drywall in all of the upstairs bedrooms. The feature was a large gas fireplace that heats the entire house and creating a farmhouse chic decor within a very limited space. The house was transformed into a cozy escape.
The original deck was fairly new and large enough to house a patio table and chairs but I wanted to open things up and have a patio that could also be a great entertaining space.
The new deck has a privacy wall, planters and multi-functional space. There are future plans to include a pergola and steps that will go into the garden I hope to one day cultivate.
This was the first house that I purchased. Although it was in good shape and didn't need a major renovation, there were still many updates I wanted to make over time and I needed to budget for them slowly. I also had good tenants at the property and wanted to not only utilize the outdoor space that was available but to also increase the living space for my tenants. The deck now serves as a great space to entertain, for outdoor dining, barbecues and a hot tub tucked away in the corner.
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Squirrel Head Music is a collective, highlighting the musical and creative endeavours of the six members of Loco Zydeco, one of Canada’s premier Zydeco bands. It is a platform for the promotion of our artistic side projects, past and present, in one convenient location.
I fell in love with this artsy food and wine region a couple of years ago two hours East of Toronto and purchased my first home in the quaint town of Picton. I realized how much I love the esthetic of the county, along with some wonderful restaurants to try out and beautiful beaches to check out. http://prince-edward-county.com/
One of the most respected and well known podcasts in Canadian Country Music, Dave Woods interviews some of the biggest names in the industry. He is also an award-winning and accomplished songwriter, who is has been a collaborator on both of my music projects. http://www.inthecountryinterviews.com/