May 31, 2015

Billiard Loft Renovation -During

When they said they'd take down the ceiling, the builders really meant it. We were awed by the height hidden above our heads in our very slender row-house. We've decided not to raise the roof, but to raise the collar ties for a little extra head room.

Reinforcing the floor for the pool table - it almost weighs a ton - took some time. Only a couple of cracks in the ceiling below. And our son missed a face full of plaster dust by about 15 minutes.

The lighter cross-beams will be the new height of the ceiling.



Billiard Loft Renovation - Before

In a nutshell. We live in a 123-year-old house. We've been here for 17 years. The housing market in Toronto keeps going up and up and therefore, so is our nest-egg. But we are 50-something empty-nesters  - do we stay or do we go? Where to? It's too expensive to buy back in in this market. We don't want to move out of town. Our neighbourhood's great. The location's convenient. With 5 choices of how to get downtown transit is convenient.

Time for a little dreaming.....fading, fading.


....We're changing a 5-bedroom house into a 3-bedroom house. But in the meantime we haven't rid ourselves of any furniture or the detritus that living 17 years in one place can accumulate. We surprised our son with this news the day he came back from university.

Oh, and I get to update my kitchen too.  Stay tuned.