Building our investment portfolio

So, we did it again! We bought another investment property!

After almost a year of looking for the right deal, we finally pulled the trigger and bought this fantastic brick craftsman bungalow. It’s in our neighbourhood (Delta East, what!) and right around the corner from great public and Catholic elementary schools. It’s an established, family friendly neighbourhood that’s just blocks from shopping, transit and the future LRT stop.

This is our first time cultivating new square footage

When we bought it, the house was a 2+1 bed with 2 full baths. Loaded with original oak trim, hardwood floors, mouldings, a brick fireplace and a fully finished basement. The house has a large footprint sitting on a sizeable lot with a large front yard, full porch and substantial backyard with a great deck for entertaining. The kitchen has pitched ceilings with a 17 ft peak. Perfect for a chandelier or beams or both!

The most interesting part of this house, however, was the partially finished attic space. Potential, potential, potential.

An adult’s retreat above the family home

Roughly 200 sq ft, the space was framed, insulated and drywalled with head height of 6’6” and a spacious dormered area. We went a few different directions on how we wanted to use the space, but eventually decided on building a great master suite, complete with a large bathroom and walk-in closet. An adult’s retreat above the family home.

This is our biggest project yet and our first time adding, or actually cultivating, new square footage. It’s gonna require all the heavies – HVAC, electrical, plumbing, some reinforced framing and new vapor barrier are all on the menu for the space. We’re bringing in the pros to get this part done.

Other work we will be doing is figuring out a work around for those stairs leading to the attic currently in the kitchen, getting a new roof, removing an enclosed porch and replacing it with a new deck, new AC, landscaping, endless dywall patching and paint, paint, paint.

Oh ya, and of course, getting rid of this ridiculous glass block window in the kitchen….! See it back there hiding behind the fridge?! We’ll need to figure something out about that, too.

Lots to do to get a great family in before the new school year!
Stay tuned for a follow up post or two, and keep an eye out for our Instagram stories for up-to-date progress shots. Follow along with #brickcraftsman.


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