Saturday, January 31, 2015

Upgrading Dad's Condo...

My dear Dad moved into a retirement Village in mid-December and it is quite nice and is a real community. My sisters and friends have done a lot of hard work to take care of a life time of memories and all that makes up a home. This makes us all look at our lives and think of downsizing. Now empty, Dad's condo needed to be upgraded - flooring, plumbing and painting plus lots of little jobs such as lighting and trim.

Looking back at a happy day (above) visiting at my sister's place, she has a really nice home.

This is where Dad has his new suite, it was Robbie Burns Day when I visited and pipers came to help everyone celebrate.

What a great bunch of folks.
Dad was just on the way to his suite and he really enjoyed himself.

So what work was done at Dad's condo?

On to the work that was being done at Dad's condo. The walls were patched, sanded and painted. The carpets were removed. New flooring and baseboards and various trims were installed. The living room and hallway ceilings were painted. All the ceiling lights were updated. Two kitchen blinds were replaced. There were a great many dump runs involved.

Then there was the bathroom.

The bathroom was the biggest job. The sill to the shower was rotten and the entire shower area was removed down to the cement and 2 x 4's (this included tile removal). The bottom 2 pictures (below) are from the bathroom.

A peek at the living room cement floor levelled after tearing out the old rug (in top right picture above).

More shots of the shower and the underlay for the hallway flooring.

Here are a few shots of the living room flooring, trim around the fireplace and a picture of the tile for the bathroom being installed.

So, everything was finished and I was packed to head home. During the night the water pipe in the den leaked and water went into the hallway, closets and doorways of the bedroom and den.

The drying was in the hands of a Restoration Company. Fortunately the leak was caught before major damage was done. I pulled up the flooring and underlay that was wet and the Restoration's fans were on for 4 days. Strata didn't cover water leaks so help had to be hired to replace the areas that got wet. Another expense in the long list of things that can go wrong.

Thanks for visiting.



  1. I loved the pictures of your dad at his new home! What an amazing amount of work you did on his condo!!! Such hard work and what a difference it all made! Glad you got to go home and let someone else do the drying out.....

  2. Congrats to your Dad on his new place. I hope he enjoys living there. Sorry about the leak, I hope there was not too much damage.. Have a happy week!

  3. Our parents usually enjoy a new home with other seniors and lots of activities, don't they?
    The restoration looks quite detailed, glad it is coming to an end.
    Thank you for linking to Mosaic Monday.

  4. So glad your dad is settling into his new home. Looks like he'll have great company there. Oh dear to the water leak. Such things happen when least expected. Hope it's all fixed up soon.

  5. Hi Rob,

    How fortunate for your father that he has such helpful, loving children. His new home looks clean and comfortable; I hope he does well there.

    You've done a huge amount of work restoring his former place, and there's still much to do. It's a good thing you've hired outside workers to help.

    Have a Happy Blue Monday!

  6. Hi Rob, your dad looks like he will enjoy his new surroundings. I am sorry about the water damage. My nephew Aaron does that work and I don't think the poor fellow has had a day off in ages! It is a booming business with lots of work. Lots of great work going on at your dad's condo. Good to have outside help, it is an overwhelming job to do. I missed linking with Sally for Blue Monday but posted some blues today. Hope you can stop by. Have a good week.

  7. Hi Rob! It looks like a great place your Dad has moved into, seems like he's going to be happy there with all those cheery people! And what a lot of work on his old place! Such a shame about the leak, but I guess that's all part of restoring older houses! Hope it all gets sorted soon.
    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  8. Hi Rob ... I am sorry about the trouble with your Dad's condo. Glad you are able to help him. I just hopped over from Joy's blog and looks like you both had your hands full with that water leak. I need to catch up on your posts ... always enjoy your beautiful pictures.
    Hope things get better for you and your Dad is happy in his new place.
    Audrey Z.

  9. It's good that you are so handy. I cared for my mother at home. She was beyond a retirement community, so home was the best solution for us. You dad's place looks nice with lots of activities. When my time comes, that will probably have t be the solution for me. I never had kids and don't have any younger relatives to help out. - Margy


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