goodbye little barn

Processed with VSCO with a4 presetIf you couldn’t already guess from the title of this post, I have some news to share with all of you. We have officially sold our home, The Little Barn. I really can’t believe that I am writing these words. Our journey with this particular home began over two years ago when we began looking for property outside of the city that we were living in. After settling on an empty lot, we had TLB constructed. It was finally finished just over one and a half years ago. At the time, we loved it.

We didn’t really take into consideration the possibility of a family or designing home for children. Those factors are ultimately why we are moving. It is just not ideal for our growing family. So, back we go into the city, and to the same neighbourhood as our second home together, Little Green. Our new home is only two blocks away from our beloved old green house. It is also the same colour, but only much bigger. We have aptly named it Big Green.

Friends, I will be taking a break from blogging. We get possession of our new home in two weeks, on August 26. As if my life wasn’t busy enough with this move, my masters program also begins on August 24. Lastly, it is Remy’s half birthday on August 25. I will therefore return here sometime in September.

Processed with VSCO with a4 presetI hope that you all enjoy the rest of your summer! Have fun, be safe, and take care!

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Emory

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a sign for the little barn

Pike Lake Sign - 5In a bid to improve the exterior of The Little Barn, ordering an address sign was certainly a must.

Pike Lake Sign - 2I went through the same online company that we used for Little Green’s sign. Rather than choosing a bronze and gold cast aluminum plaque, this time I selected a green and silver one. It better matched the gooseneck lighting and hardware for the sliding doors.

Pike Lake Sign - 3Because of the uneven nature of the siding, Geoffrey had to first install a piece of reclaimed wood to ensure that the sign would fasten securely to the house. 

Pike Lake Sign - 7Pike Lake Sign - 8Remy watched to make sure that we did a job. It was so hot and windy that day!

Pike Lake Sign - 4We still need to stain the exterior of the house and deck and order a fence. The renos never end, even on a new home.

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Emory

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yards and yards of gravel

The Little Barn Gravel - 3Hey guys! Well, we finally did it. After a year and a half we took the plunge and ordered gravel for The Little Barn’s driveway. Above is a photograph of how the house looked before the gravel.

Processed with VSCO with a6 presetGeoffrey ended up spreading all eight yards of gravel with merely a shovel and well into a few evenings. This was taken while he was distributing it.

The Little Barn Gravel - 1Now our home no longer looks like it’s been neglected. All we need now is an address sign and fence. Baby steps.

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Emory

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more tiny homes

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A few weeks ago, I presented to you a post on Gute Shepherd Huts, which is a German and Canadian company that specializes in crafting furniture and Tiny Houses. I expressed how I longed to own one so that I could place it in my backyard and stick my visiting friends and family in it when they plan to stay the night. I mean generously offer for them to stay in such a cute and humble abode. ;-)))

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February’s issue of Country Living is filled with Tiny Home goodness. In it, is an article entitled ‘The Country Living Small of Fame’. This article centres on 44 diverse Tiny Houses from all around the country, and how the owners are “living large in less.” Talk about eye candy!

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If you don’t want to buy this issue, then simply click here. My favourite is The Texas Lakehouse, for obvious reasons. It’s also currently on the market. If only I had $434,900 laying around. Would anyone like to go halfsies?

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Emory

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we ordered a custom shed

Shed 1About seven months ago, I had made an order for a custom shed to be built. That was when we were still living in Little Green. It was May 2014, and our search for a new home was in its fifth month. I had given up on ever finding anything to buy, so I turned my attention on our home’s never-ending renovations.

At that time, our current shed looked to be decades old, and in the worst possible place in our backyard. Upon placing an order with a  local company, my husband took to demolishing our old shed with fervour, and we cleared a place for our new one. A few weeks later, our plans changed completely. We bought a new property, sold Little Green, and were already packing up its contents. I told the shed company to hold off on its construction, since I wanted to move it onto our new land. Most likely to the annoyance of the new home owners, we left them without any shed and with a massive patch of dead grass in the middle of the yard. Oops.

Shed 2I kept in contact with the shed builder all summer, scheduling a day for it to be delivered to our lot, then changing it, then rescheduling, then changing, and so on. I can’t imagine the extent to which I annoyed him. However, my own contractor was never quite ready for it to be delivered, considering that it was supposed to go directly over the gas line.

One day in October, I got tired of playing email tag. I told the company to just deliver it to my mum’s property. Keep in mind that I had already paid for half of it and had never seen a picture of what it was supposed to look like. I basically just told him what I wanted, and he made it up from there. Stupid? Maybe. But that’s the way I roll, folks!

Shed 4On October 24, there was my shed, bouncing down the highway on the back of a truck. When my mum saw it, she said that she would buy it and transport it to her new property in BC. With no due date for our own home’s completion, I told her that she could have it. Fast forward to one month later, the gas line was finally installed at our property. Now needing a shed for our impending move-in date, and being in love with this little guy, I had to take back possession of it. I hired yet another truck to tow it out to our home. Last week, and for the second time in this out building’s life, it was moved again. Sorry mum. This thing is going to have more miles on it than a roadworthy bike. 

Screen Shot 2014-11-27 at 6.46.17 PMDoes our shed look like a Tiny House to you? That was completely intentional. I designed it to look like one, with ranch wall siding, a window, cedar door, and metal roof. I had chosen a white roof to match Little Green’s at the time. If I would’ve known that we were moving and that the roof on our new house was brown, then I would’ve done things differently. However, with seven months of planning, two big moves, dozens of emails, countless headaches, and a missing shed at LG, obviously my first mistake was ordering it too freakin’ soon. Oh well. We can’t all be perfect. ;-)))

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Emory

P.S. I had my Instagram followers to come up with a name for this cutie. The top three were Ted the Shed, Wallace, and Little Shed on the Prairie. Do you guys have any great monikers? 

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