when we first came across our 800 square foot bungalow in the danforth east neighbourhood of toronto in october 2010, we loved it for its character, large yard, great location and parking spot. unfortunately, it was a lot too small in our opinion, and we walked away from it. after bidding on another home nearby, but walking away from it after a particularly dispiriting home inspection, we came back to the little bungalow for a second (and third, then fourth) look, and then decided to buy the little house and add a second storey addition.
we moved in december 2010 and began planning right away. the budget skyrocketed, a giant silver maple in our backyard hesitated at our plans and then a structural engineer suggested that, given the third floor yoga loft on our wish list, we might just want to tear the whole thing down and start from a hole in the ground. meanwhile, as 2011 raced by, we’d grown to love the little house exactly as it was. we began to question whether or not we even needed all that extra room and the giant debt to pay for it — maybe we just needed an attitude adjustment and less stuff.
in november 2011, one year after signing the sale-purchase agreement, we pulled our permit applications from the toronto building office and the urban forestry department and decided to make a go of living in this little bungalow exactly as it was (square footage-wise — the beaver board walls in the basement had to go). this blog started as a way to document all the little changes we made to the house and to our buying habits to make living in a small space possible and, even though you might think there are only so many ways one could rearrange 800 square feet, it’s still going strong.