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What houses are featured in this blog?

Most of this blog documents the upgrades we have made to our current home in a suburb the state of Kansas. When we moved from Canada to the US we had a lot on our plates, with getting the kids settled and settling ourselves into our new jobs.  It was important to us to find a house that did not need a lot of work, while still allowing for improvements as time permitted. We found a 6 year old home that had a great layout but could benefit from both small and large upgrades. We did some early upgrades, then after 5 years we tackled some bigger jobs. Front porch of suburban mid-west house

This blog also contains several projects from our second house, which was a 60 year old Toronto, Ontario home which needed a lot of work.

Front of house #2 in suburban Toronto

Our first home was a small cookie-cutter house in a suburb of Toronto. This house did not need a lot of work, but it was a great way for us to get our feet wet with some minor renovations.

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