This is the journey of buying and renovating our “Aging in Place” home on Lake Scugog (about an hour from our current home).
These are the photos from the original listing, but we were lucky enough to buy it before a sign even went up thanks to our amazing real estate agent Pearl Carrigan. Looking for lakefront in the Kawartha’s? There is no one better, Click HERE for her contact info and current listings. She made our dreams come true, imagine what she can do for you!
On March 18th, 2021 we bought our Lake House. It needs work, but with almost 100 feet of lake frontage, a nice quiet road and great neighbours, it’s nothing we can’t tackle.
These are the original house drawings supplied by our amazing neighbours John and Natalie and Dayton and Susan…
J.Farr Carpentry who lives just down the road. Looking for a builder or need renovations done? Reach out to Jeremy at his Facebook page HERE.
Residential Home Design those drawings have been updated.
May 22-24th, 2021 – We reached out to Caplan’s Appliances to get pricing and ran into the greatest sales guy In Ed Quinn. Not only did he respond on the long weekend, but set up a zoom call and helped us get all our appliances ordered (including a kick ass WOLF stove). It does not end there, he also made suggestions and helped us get all the Lynx appliances ordered for our outdoor kitchen. It will be a while before we get them (thanks COVID) but it will look amazing.
June 19th we got the preliminary working drawings and things look great. Next stop…permitting.
July 19, 2021 – We ordered our Magic Windows Window Wall and doors yesterday and they will be about 14 weeks for delivery.
July 20, 2021 – We just heard from the City of Kawartha Lakes and our permits are approved and will be picked up tomorrow. We are now ready to move forward.
October 14th, 2021 – Making progress. Sunroom, soffits and eavestroughs removed in preparation for roof removal.
October 23rd, 2021 – Up to check on the septic system. Lorne found the old system, and the new will be ready to go in over the next couple of weeks. While up, we stopped into the Lindsay Design Center and saw bathroom & kitchen cabinets in the warehouse (Jo still loves them :-). Also dropped in a photo of the view. It never gets old being on the water.
October 28 & 29th – the roof is coming off and we are making progress.
Lorne Bagshaw Excavating. A great placement that allows us access around the tank and bed when it comes to back yard landscaping. Nov. 20th, the septic system has been approved and has since been graded over. Just waiting on some risers to add to the tank ports.
November 26th – We have a second floor…floor! Main cross beam in and floor joists laid. Next week, second floor walls and trusses. We heard that our Magic Window walls are being delayed a couple of weeks, so likely arriving the same time as the other exterior doors and windows. A special thanks to CPE Structural Consultants Limited who hustled to engineer the beams over the Window walls and french doors in the basement. The whole project is looking better each time I’m up.
Home Building Centre & supplied by Kingdon Truss.
December 13th week – The roof is sheathed and the shingling has been started and it’s starting to look like what I had in mind.
Dock in a Box to learn more about, and buy a dock. They talked me through some of the pros and cons of the design I had in mind, brought in some great tips for better usage and in the end, provided me with a much more usable platform. Not just for docking a boat, but for those Scugog chairs that have to be part of it. The design is below and a photo of a similar design. I can’t wait to see what it looks like in the spring.
December 23rd/24th – Just got a few photos from John (one of our great neighbours) showing the new windows going in. The cut outs in the concrete and brick are for the Magic Window walls that should be installed in the next couple of weeks. New windows are going in all around and the bay window is here and ready to go in. Some of the views are looking out from inside and some from the new upper floor. What a view for a bedroom. Looking great!!!
January 2nd, 2022 – Things slowed down over the holidays but will be ramping back up in the coming week, We are expecting to have the the doors, bay, and Magic Windows installed shortly. Next up will be meeting with Jeremy (our builder extraordinaire) for a walk through with the trades as we prep for furnace and ducting, electrical and plumbing.
January 7th, 2022 – The bay window and front doors have now been hung, a temporary set of stairs installed, the magic windows rough opening has been framed in and we are ready for them to be installed. Next week the trades get in and start their magic.
January 12th, 2022 – Exciting news. The Magic Windows are being installed on Monday and I just ordered a boat to add to the dock. Looking forward to warmer weather and getting back to the water (both living and sailing).
January 18th, 2022 – The first Magic windows went in (a day after the snowstorm), with the rest going in the next day.
January 21st, 2022 – We are scheduled to meet Mike our electrician from Mariposa Electric, and the plumber to walk through, spec out and measure things up.
January 26th, 2022 – We are planning on moving in mid-April, so listed our Thornhill home and sold it in less than 3 days. Thanks Jeff Tabachnick for making it happen.
January 28th, 2022 – Ducting is going in. The basement stairs are removed and floor is broken up for plumbing tie ins and also to pour footing for main beam post to sit on. Looking good.
February 4th, 2022 – Wiring is going in. Pot-light holders and vapour barrier in. Plumbing (drains so far) being added. Met Lisa of Brock Built-In Specialists today to price and book the security system and central vac by Beam. She made some great suggestions and we’re hoping to get her crew in to install in about 2 weeks or so (after the other trades).
February 18, 2022 – I rented a truck (smallest they had left!) to take up a few skids of plumbing supplies (toilets, tub, faucets etc.). The drain lines are in and were inspected, so now finishing basement concrete work then lower level walls, HVAC and electrical.
March 1, 2022 – Looks like security and vac system are going in next week and insulation to follow.
March 5th, 2022 – We stopped by at Overridge BBQ‘s to buy a BBQ for the top deck and at Homestead Furniture & Appliances to get a Mattress and some great Kawartha Rocking chairs. We drove up and dropped off a couple of toilets and checked out progress. The basement is framed in and I now have an office, Mitch a bedroom and we have a good sized family room. The gas main is in, the furnace and HRV are hooked up so heating can begin once insulated. Also added the bathroom tile, cabinet, and counter colours that Jo has picked out. Looking good.
Trevor at Thermo Seal) and the house getting sealed up. There is one electric heater in the basement keeping the whole place at 65-70F when it’s below freezing out. We cleaned up the garage a bit so there is room for drywall being delivered on Monday. Also planning to meet up with Skylar that’s handling all the plumbing to rough in all the valves, showers, tub etc.
Rural Wave and met up with the amazing Debbie to set up our home internet and phone service. She made this home possible by being my go to when inquiring about internet availability and speed. When we asked about Wakeford Road, she sent back a note to BUY!). Thanks Debbie.
April 7, 2022 – Met with Terry our painter extrordinaire who’s getting all the interior paining done, and Richard from Studio Stairs who was in to measure for our stairs to go in in about 2 weeks.
April 13 & 14, 2022 – I spent a couple days up at the house as the new well pump system was installed, cable run into the house, fireplaces installed, flooring delivered, met our new cleaning lady, saw the flooring down and our kitchen cabinets and bathroom vanities delivered, discussed the backyard layout with Kyle and more…
April 18th, 2022 – My #1 Brother-in-law Dan and my nephew Nicholas jumped in to install the cabinets when COVID took down our kitchen installers. We made a day of it and have them set up so appliances can go in on Wednesday. The builder and his crew, the tilers, painters, electricians and plumbers are all hard at it to get us in next week. These guys are the simply the best.
Caplan’s Appliances were great (a huge thanks to Ed Quinn for making it all happen in spite of COVID). Ed also suggested and had them installed by the team at Just 4U Complete Inc. Troy and his crew made it look easy, while having fun and all the while took took great care in keeping the floors protected while getting things installed and working. It was also great to have Brock Built-In working on installing the security system (gotta protect those appliances after all).
April 25th and 26th, 2022 – we started to move things into the new place as the crew works around all of our “stuff”. Water is on and about half the hydro. Hydro One has delayed our pole and new fee replacement until May 6th. Once that is done, the panel work can be completed and next steps started. We are awaiting counters and sinks, then siding, fascia, eavestroughs, a deck and a whole lot of landscaping.
May 10th, 2022 – Closed on our old place so we only own one home now. Looking forward to getting settled into the new place.
May 11th, 2022 – Lots more progress. A great job by Richard and the crew at Studio Stairs in getting the stairs and railings in to a very tight spot. Jeremy and the boys are doing well with the siding going on and making a huge difference. Terry Davis is a fixture in the house now, moving from room to room painting trip, accent walls and touching things up and hiding the flaws. We love these guys.
June 23rd, 2022 – okay. I’ve been a bit behind in updating this page. In the past month we’ve been away sailing, on vacation and celebrating our son Matthews wedding in Verona Italy. That’s my excuse. In that time we’ve had lots going on and I’ll add some more photos shortly.
A few notes of progress… Jeremy and they guys are working on the deck (just awaiting glass), Stewart MacDonald has done a great job in getting the HVAC and gas piping all in and now we really love him for getting the Air Conditioning unit in and hooked up. Thanks to Mike @ Mariposa for the electrical hook-upon the A/C and he has the generator coming this week for install. Terry got the rest of the painting done while we were away and the place looks great.
We got a bit fed up with the front yard looking like a war zone, so I rented a skid steer, got about 18 yards of topsoil and cleaned things up a bit (above) until we get the “official” landscaping work done. Toys for the big kids in us 🙂
We switch the “Dock in a box” order from grey planking to beige as we’ve been delayed several times due to manufacturer back orders. Rod Kavanaugh from Nautibuoys has picked it up and we are hoping to get it installed in the next week or so.
Eric and John have been working with Lindsay Design Center and the counter installers, to get our kitchen finished. A few screw ups in ordering, combined with back orders and delays in installing have pushed it all later, but we are getting there and their work is great.
Lastly we picked up a couple kayaks and Jo and Mitch got out one day after work for a paddle. What a life…kayak after work and before dinner !
July 5th, 2022 – The railing is in, the glass panels go into today and siding is starting on the lower level. We are now racing to the finish. we got the cat set up and launched on the weekend and WOW is it fast. With the great wind we have here I’m sure it’s only a matter if time before we see if it can really hit 16 knots. We picked up a Hurricane 187 deck boat to tour around in and tow the kids. I think we need a bigger dock if we want visitors 🙂
July 7th, 2022 – Jeremy and the boys have been doing the siding, adding glass to the deck railing, and a hundred other things. Looking forward to Cole getting out with some topsoil this weekend to cover the side yard (over septic) and prep for seeding. On Monday we’ll have Ed from All Ontario Hydroseeding out to do their thing. Looking forward to some grass 🙂
July 12th, 2022 – Terry Davis finished up the last of the painting (a bit of trim here and there) after doing such a great job on the house. If you want to check out his work just go to https://www.instagram.com/terrys_painting/ or check out the photos above. From prime to finish, walls, ceilings, floors, trim and even the stairs, it’s all amazing.
July 14th, 2022 – Yesterday we had counters and sinks installed and Skylar was back to install a hose bib at the side of the house, the basement toilet and the shower door (looks amazing) in Mitch’s bathroom. Today Eric (the Great) from Reliance (he also does home inspections) install the drains and faucets and finished things up. We are really getting there
July 25th, 2022 The guys at Latitude Countertops did a great job of installing the counters (Made of Dekton) last week and the backsplash today. Nice to see the kitchen almost finished (just some lighting to do). Mike is due back this week to set up and test the Generator, install back yard lights, set up soffit lighting controls and the odds and ends.
The amazing team at Clarke Brothers Aluminium installed our eavestroughs over the past 2 days and did a great job. They even did the under deck drainage so we have a dry space when the weather doesn’t cooperate.
Sept. 27th, 2022 We met with Bryce Kramer of The Landscape Company to go over the landscaping of the property. He was referred by our friends Chris and Cathy and did a few jobs for them that look amazing. He’s putting together some pricing and the work won’t start until the spring, but we’re so excited to be in this last last leg of the journey.
More to come…