In October of last year we bought our first house in Edmonton--and we've been renovating ever since. Sound familiar?
Our initial attraction to the property was it's three-fold potential:
• Potential to make this old house (1942) into a energy-efficient family home (hopefully for many years to come);
• Potential to make this huge double lot (8000+ square feet) into a more environmentally sensitive/edible landscape (we love growing our own food); and finally,
• The potential (and challenge) of being good neighbors/citizens in an older and struggling North Edmonton community (Build better communities, stop urban-sprawl, "improve, don't move", etc.).
Idealistic? Yes, whatever...
One of the biggest challenges to renovations and landscaping we are constantly up against is cost. Not making a lot of money, the cost of creating a space we can enjoy without guilt has called for some genuine creative thinking... and I hope some of the ideas we've come up with will be of interest to readers who can relate. read more... »