5 years. A 4 year old. 3 addresses. 2 hearts. 1 lifetime.

5 years ago today on a rainy afternoon, perched on a cliff at the edge of paradise, I married my best friend.  Although we’d been together as a couple for many eight years prior, that day was the beginning of a new chapter for us.  

Seaside view of Tapas Restaurant, Barbados

What a difference a year makes…

We’re blogging from Barbados today as we’re on vacation celebrating Tash’s grandmother’s 90th birthday. The other night we decided to pop by one of our favorite spots on the island for an impromptu dessert. Tapas Restaurant is a great little place that you can sit right on the water’s edge and enjoy the fantastic food […]

Architectural drawings

Design Week: The Dreamhouse Revealed

Well Design Week is coming to a close.  In case you missed it be sure to check out the rest of this week’s posts. We first took you through our search for inspiration, then outlined how we focused in on our full wish list and created our look book. Today we’re finally revealing The Dreamhouse […]

Cortona Exterior - by Cornerstone Architects, Austin, TX

Design Week: The Look Book

Once we got through the initial research, we took a more in-depth look at the photos we had compiled. What we figured out is that overall we love modern contemporary architecture and we want our house to reflect that in its design both inside and out. That said, we’d still like to maintain a bit […]

Olive Tree Lane Contemporary Exterior by Mark English Architects AIA, San Francisco, CA

Design Week: The Inspiration

Today we’re kicking off Design Week – or probably what will become the first of several recurring ‘design weeks’ as a project like ours just has so many different phases of the design process. This week we’ll be focusing on the architectural design.

Photo: The Dreamhouse (before)

Done and done! The Dreamhouse: BEFORE

It’s been a while since we blogged, and lots to update you on.   Specifically what happened with the seller after the inspection… Well of course – he was anything but reasonable.  Essentially our agent Mike went to him with our inspection report of what could potentially add up to $25,000 in repairs – and […]

This might be the one: Finding a diamond in the rough and knowing how to see past the coal - The Dreamhouse project

This might be the one…

So after expanding our search area, we’ve found an interesting property in the West Shore neighbourhood. The house itself isn’t much to look at. In fact it probably hasn’t been updated much since it was built in 1962. Now in saying that we don’t mean the cool ‘retro chic 60s’, we mean circa 1962 textured […]

Contemporary living room design by Mark English Architects, AIA, San Francisco

Chasing the dream

Being that we’re young creative professionals it sort of fits that we’d be attracted to the urban contemporary loft aesthetic. The problem being, the ‘urban contemporary loft’ generally comes with  inner city living – downtown core, smaller square footage, higher prices, etc – which is fine when you’re in your 20s and focused on your […]

Photo: Contemporary Exterior Concept. McClellan Architects

Welcome to The Dreamhouse Project

So what is The Dreamhouse Project?? Simply put, it’s going to be our all comsuming labour of love over the next year. We started this blog to document the journey – our ups and downs, musings and random thoughts on selling our house, moving in with parents, renovations, design ideas and everything along the way […]