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Do I build an addition or Move?- A homeowner’s Quandary.

Face to face with the ‘5 Year Plan’

I am unapologetic about not being a planner. Throughout my 40 years of experience on this planet, I have prided myself on my ability to fly through life by the seat of my pants. That was before I simultaneously became a homeowner and new parent four years ago. Those are two big life decisions I willfully put off for years, happening all at once. Barely five years into being a first time home-owner and parent I now find myself face to face with ‘the five year plan’. For someone who has (up until now) moved through life according to the phrase “Life is what’s happening when you’re busy making other plans”, I’ve never been comfortable with the five year plan…

Last night, however, while I was about to drift into sleep, my partner nudged me and quietly asked me if I liked our house. That simple yes or no question switched my brain on faster than a click of a mouse would a computer screen in sleep mode, pushing me into a swirling rabbit hole of latent future scenarios and effectively ending any chance of actually getting a good night’s sleep. When my brain finally landed on solid ground, I was left with the uncomfortably inconclusive answer of “I like my house now, but maybe not in five years?”

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Winter is here …time to Hunker down in the Bunker!

At this very moment of writing, the snowfall that has descended upon the prairies is here to stay, signaling the inevitable- Winter is here! Outdoor projects have drawn to a close and the ground has now frozen pushing any plans for building additions until next Spring. And this year, the cloud of Co-Vid 19 hangs over us all adding a layer of heaviness to our already arduous and long Manitoba winters. For most of us, winters in Manitoba means hunkering down and enjoying the comforts of home. And while Co-Vid-19 weighs heavily on our shoulders, all we can do is allow ourselves to slow-down and enjoy the comfort of our homes…

For some of us, spending more time at home is bittersweet, shedding a spotlight on all the work that needs to be done. Instead of chilling out with a book, we plan projects to keep our brains occupied. If you are cringing at the thought of being cooped up in your home for 5 months, consider adding more space to ease those claustrophobic feelings. The perfect place to add space without building a whole new addition is the basement. Basement remodels also happen to add to the re-sale value of a home! So why not plan your perfect exercise room or dream studio? If you have kids, what you may need is another place to funnel your little ones’ energy, and regain a place of your own…you might just get a book or two read this winter after all…

If you’ve stayed with us this far, we’re betting you are seriously considering remodeling your basement. To help you through your planning process, we have compiled ‘4 Steps To Building Your Dream Basement’, which includes lots of helpful pointers to get you on the path toward expansiveness…


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