With their children grown and out on their own, Katie Saunders and Simon White moved back to Toronto in 2015 and planned to permanently settle in the city.
Instead, they’ve found themselves, along with nine-year-old cockapoo Zoey, restoring an old schoolhouse in Marlbank, Ont., about 225 km east of Toronto.
“I couldn’t deal with the idea of condo fees: paying off your mortgage and still having fees for the rest of your life,” said Saunders. She and her husband raised their family in Sunderland, about 100 km northeast of Toronto. “I also missed being outside the city.”
White, 55, a printing company administrator, was happy to see his three-hour, round-trip daily commute to Toronto evaporate. But he missed working on the restoration projects their Victorian home in Sunderland had demanded. Soon, the couple began looking for a property within a few hours’ drive of Toronto.
“We had no grand plan, but we knew we wanted something unique: not just a small cottage on a slice of lake, but something more imaginative,” White said.
Source : https://www.thestar.com/life/homes/2018/04/14/a-back-to-school-reno-by-a-diy-family.html