Although I loved the monkey accessories that Matt had since we started dating, after five years of living with it, I wanted a change. I have difficulty with early mornings, especially in the dark Canadian winter, so I wanted the bathroom to be so incredibly fucking cheerful that I couldn't help but wake up and be alert in the morning!
This is Offbeat Home's archive of canada posts.
We live in a co-operative housing unit. Like all co-ops, it's a blend between ownership and rental. Unlike rentals, every household (or member) has equal voting rights on all major decisions. And everyone has to volunteer to help with running the co-op (usually about 10 hours per month). We also have the ability to make changes in our unit that might not be allowed in a rental. For example, one member put up a climbing wall in his living room! Many of our members have lived here for 15+ years.
Our home is full of comic art commissions and prints that we've collected at various comic cons over the years. We're also fond of physical media, so have a ton of books, CDs, vinyl, and movies. I love colour and mixing patterns. We're both giant kids, collecting toys and figurines, Legos, and more.
We are a single-income family of two (plus our pet rats), and while I'm the only breadwinner, I am fortunate to make a comfortable salary. We're pretty handy and not afraid to tackle home projects (as evidenced by the sort of places we were looking at in Ottawa). We're environmentally-conscious city-center dwellers and wouldn't be comfortable in the suburbs. We didn't have much time to house hunt, so we decided to see every place that met our requirements, which was a total of 9 houses. Two were about to fall down on top of us, and four were almost an hour walk from my office, which left three potential homes…
Who here loves HGTV's "House Hunters"? Let's play the Offbeat Canadian Home version with three houses for $150,000 or under." Which one will they choose!?
This home was the fresh start I was dreaming of. When I left my husband, I never thought in a little more than a year I would buy my own (little) home. I could paint whatever colours I wanted, decorate how I wanted and keep the house in whatever (child-safe) state I wanted. I purchased this home as a single-mom with a toddler — then at the housewarming party three months later, I married my boyfriend in the archway between the living and dining rooms.
Two months after the wedding, we went to Las Vegas for our honeymoon, and it was super fun! In the past year, we also took trips to Toronto and to Miami and the Bahamas. At home, we've been learning to cook together and we do country line dancing (Emma, mostly!). In addition to working, Emma has gone back to school part time, while Kevin is working freelance. Oh, and we got a chihuahua!