We bought our third home, a raised ranch in a small community in Northern Ontario, in March 2020. We moved from our first house to be closer to the husband’s work, and because our oldest was starting school soon.
See the original home tour post here
Watch the 1st year tour from 2021 here
Check out the 2nd year tour from 2022 here
And the 3rd year tour from 2023 here
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Raised Ranch Upstairs
Our raised ranch is approximately 1100sqft, and has the typical split entry with a staircase going up, and one going down.
Most of the entry was improved when we updated the front door. The functional updates included adding a storage cabinet and a fun wall treatment. Then, I painted the bottom half of the walls to match the living room.
Most of the upstairs had painted subfloors at the time of possession. But we’ve since added a dark wood-look vinyl plank. This room is slowly updated year over year.
We carved out a tiny space for an office in between the living room and dining room. Read more about the office and plant shelves here.
The dining room is located in the corner next to the kitchen. We added some paneling and a bench under the window.
The kitchen was closed off from the dining and living room. We started our renovation in early 2021 and completely opened up the space. More photos of the reveal here.
The hallway went from a boring space to a fun colourful area in the Spring of 2022. Here are more posts about that project:
Hallway Makeover Plans | Textured Ceiling Repair | Painting Sliding Closet Doors | Mix Paint at Home | Broom Closet Organization | Step-by-Step Baseboard Install | Paint a Multi-Coloured Stencil | Colourful Hallway Reveal
The main bathroom is located next to the kitchen, near all the bedrooms – it got a rainbow makeover in the Fall of 2020. Here are more bathroom related posts:
White & Rainbow Bathroom Plans | Bathroom Floor Demo | Painting Bathroom Tiles | Spray Painting Bathroom Counters | Bathroom Details + Painting | Rainbow Bathroom Reveal | Rainbow Bathroom Behind-the-Scenes
Each of the bedrooms had similar mid-toned laminate flooring installed. We brought in the furniture from our last house, and recently transitioned the space to a big kid room.
More Posts: How to Hang Artwork | Paint Stripes Across a Room | Striped Nursery Refresh | Big Kid Changes (video)
The main bedroom was the first room we tackled in our new house in the Spring of 2020.
More posts: Master Bedroom Design Plan | How to Plan Wall Treatments | Bedroom Progress + To-Do List | Purple and Modern Floral Wallpaper | Cheap Custom Closet | Bedroom Budget Breakdown | DIY Closet Doors | New Master Bedroom Reveal
The older two kids share a bedroom. There room was transformed in a bright and bold space in the Spring of 2021.
More Posts: Shared Kids’ Bedroom Plans & Before | How to Quickly Draw and Scale a Room | Wall Treatments: Wood vs. MDF | Kids Custom Closet Nook | Wraparound Headboard DIY | Running out of Wallpaper Fix | New Light & Primed Walls | Shared Kids’ Red Bedroom Reveal
Raised Ranch Basement
There are two additional bedrooms in our basement, the laundry room another bathroom and a large living room. The living room also has a walk-out to the backyard.
Here are all the updates we completed in the Fall of 2021:
Basement Reset BEFORE | Removing Old Vinyl Flooring | Painted Basement Entry | Removing Carpets & Painting Concrete | Painted Hex Floors | Wall-Mounted Headboard | Cloud Painted Concrete Floors | Ikea Rast Hack Nightstands | Basement Organization | Cleaned Basement Reveal
The basement living room is mostly used as storage (with some living room furniture).
We get a lot of great light from our big windows and French doors.
The basement bathroom has a stand-up shower, toilet and sink. I painted the vanity and floors to give the room a refresh.
Basement Guest Room
The guest room also serves as a storage space for our seasonal items.
Basement Laundry Room / Pain Cave
The last two rooms in the basement are the laundry room, and the 5th bedroom. The husband uses it as his pain cave… (aka workout room)
Raised Ranch Exterior
You can read more about our exterior in the post here. Essentially, we live on a corner lot, and the sides are wider than the front/back.
We updated the curb appeal by replacing the broken front door, and changing out a few of the accessories. The steps were updated when we completed our garage build.
The backyard is just a 9×40 space, and it’s mostly overgrown by weeds by the end of summer. I’ve been thinking about how to make this narrow backyard better, but nothing set in motion yet.
Our big plans for the main yard included building a detached garage. We also added raised garden beds along the fence.
We finished our garage and every year we add a bit more to our yard to freshen it up.