Waaaaaaaaaay back in June 2005, G and I bought a condo … and here we are 2.5 years on, and, while we can see our lovely condo poking up into the Toronto skyline from our current balcony, we’re still another 6 months (at least) from occupancy. Never has a condo taken so long … or so it seems. The challenge seems to be with elevators and windows at the moment. Toronto has so much condo development, the specialized folks who install elevators and windows are at a premium.
That said, the process has had its ‘fun’ moments along with many (read: many) challenges. We’ve now finished all our upgrade meetings with the appliance contractors (Appliance Canada), the kitchen architects (Paris Kitchens) and the developer’s interior designer. We’ve spent lots in upgrades to the appliances, the floors, the kitchen cabinets, the bathroom tiles, and renovations to the existing floor plan that will see our 2 bedroom and den converted to a larger one bedroom and den. It’s a lot of money to fork out, essentially on spec without seeing the finished product and it does make one a tad/extremely (take your pick) nervous.
In the end, will it all be worth it? … will we be happy on that day next year when we walk through the door and see it live in the flesh for the first time? …
Yes, I know so!
I think we’ve done our homework; I know the architect in G did what he does so well, planned for every detail. And while we’ll still have some additional work to finish once we move in – specifically both bathroom countertops and cabinets, and perhaps an electrical outlet on the balcony – I think we’ve done it perfectly!
Here’s some of our design choices: