An expanding family is one of the many great reasons to look for a bigger home. Andrea Grace and her husband Ted have a 13-year-old girl and a 10-year-old boy and changed from being renters to homeowners.
“We started off renting an apartment,” says Andrea Grace. “We had our daughter while we were living in that apartment. I had to have a backyard for our daughter as she was becoming mobile.”
After the Grace family moved out of their apartment they started renting a house. They needed the extra space and it was also becoming difficult moving basic things like groceries into the apartment while having a young one at your feet.
Now Andrea, Ted, and the Grace children have gone from renting a home to owning one in Richmond Hill.
“We bought a resale home, at the time we were renting our house we couldn’t afford a new home,” says Andrea Grace. “We bought an older home and did a lot of renovations.”
They gutted the house because it was in bad shape. The original house had wallpaper and they had to rip down a wall as well as the carpet.
“We didn’t have to do anything to the basement. Every single room needed attention,” says Andrea.
The renovations cost the Grace family about $20,000 right off the bat and they are still ongoing.
Andrea is happy that her family has moved into the new home. Her husband Ted was always against buying a house.
“Now we own this home and it’s great. It’s such a great feeling to do whatever we want to do to this house. In a few years, I’d like to move to a bigger and newer home.”
When Andrea is not taking care of her boy and girl or renovating her new home she is the owner of Mommy and Baby Fitness.com. The company does post-natal fitness, mom and baby yoga, aqua classes, and workouts.
They use colourful parachutes and bubbles to increase brain and motor skill stimulation in babies.
“It’s a good way to meet other moms. The babies learn early social skills and songs and rhymes. It’s better health for babies,” says Andrea.
Christopher Dolson works for Aluma Systems in sales that does form and shoring in the concrete industry. He has two girls, five and two with his wife Michele and also bought a bigger home because of an expanding family.
He bought his new home about three years ago. The Dolson family wanted something a little bigger when their second child was coming.
“We were having our second kid,” says Dolson. “It’s a two-storey and it’s called a link home.”
The family paid around $300,000 for their three-bedroom home in Markham.
“When we were looking we gave a price range that we were interested in and our agent kept showing us houses that were at the top end of what we looking in,” says Dolson. “We realize that with these bigger homes you still have to sink money into them. We’d have to do things like carpets and things like that. We kind of had to sit down with our agent and find something at the lower end of the price range and sink more money in. Once we started looking for homes like that…once they came down in scale like that. It was our second home that we looked at and that’s the one we went with.”
Chris Dolson and his family now have a little bit more room than the townhouse they were living in before. The new home has a two-car garage and a bigger backyard.
“We’re on a cul-de-sac so it’s a quiet street.”
Everyone needs their space including children. With the boom in the housing market and many new homes available all over the GTA, there are many options available for families who are looking for a home with the right fit for their needs.