Thursday, August 1, 2013

Cardinal House

This post has been a long time coming.
Finally, Richard and I can announce that we have A New House

Because we were not sure if our requests for building permits would be accepted, we have been cautiously waiting to celebrate for many months. It's time to pop the cork on the champagne and get the house party started.

The house is lovingly being called Cardinal House. The Cardinal reference is a respectful nod to my Father {the story is here}, the belief Richard and I share that the Cardinal brought us together and a symbol of something greater that continues to help guide us.

Our new home is a ranch bungalow that is on a street lined with other bungalows all struggling to break away from the 60's vibe from the time they were built. We are about to give our little castle a new face that we think will have the neighbours stopping to talk.

While looking for a house we knew we would enter into some reconstruction/demo work, but never dreamed it would be this big of a project. There is nothing we will not be touching inside or outside of the house - from the street to the back of the property, side-to-side, top-to-bottom.
There have been a few moments that we stood back, looked and said 'what were we thinking'. But then when we look at the vista of the back with the trees and it is clear why we picked this property.

Cardinal House - snow covered yard

I will share pictures of the progress as we move through the process of building, plus the places and things that inspired our choices. The Dream Home Inspiration board on my pinterest account offers a healthy reflection of our style and things we want to inject into the plan. And of course there will be a new button on Glamour Begins At Home just for Cardinal House.

Richard standing on the back deck at the spot of our soon-to-be great room.

There is a lot to share and I may be calling out for suggestions or advise from readers as we wander through the process and final choices. But for now we have a cool bottle of bubbly that deserves our attention.

Girls in the yard the day after getting the keys.

I am excited to show you the before and afters of Cardinal House over the upcoming months. But most of all - I'm excited to create a special place with Richard that we will call HOME.


  1. Congrats on the new house and thanks so much for sending me that article on melasma! Have a wonderful weekend!

  2. Hope you are having a great time in building your house. Cheers!! I wish I too get a chance of building the house which I always loved to have

  3. So happy for you Katherine. I can't wait to see the progress. How exciting!
    many hugs...

  4. Katherine I am SOOOO happy for you!! That's such exciting news, and I can't wait to watch the progress!

  5. How exciting...congratulations...looking forward to seeing the journey of your new home :-)
    Have a wonderful weekend.

  6. I love following a house...can't wait and so, so excited for you!!

  7. I think your vision is outstanding, and you will transform the ranch style home (Cardinal House) into something truly splendid.
    You had me hooked with your incredibly pretty front entry idea right away!

    You are right about this too - the process always is frustrating, takes much longer than you originally planned for, and usually costs at least twice as much!
    My empathy - I'm going through the same thing right now!