The farmhouse has been in Hannah’s family for generations and is just a small part of a large farm that was built sometime in the late 1800's in beautiful Nova Scotia, Canada. Hannahs dad grew up in the house and when he took over the farm it became a rental unit for a while but eventually just sat vacant. It was last renovated in the 1970's and was in need of some major updating, often referred to as a “knock down”. Initially the house was only supposed to be a temporary transition spot for Hannah and I but it quickly became another major chapter in the history of the 100+ year-old farmhouse and in our lives. We are now fully dedicated to completely restoring the farmhouse by exposing and highlighting the hidden beauty of the homes heritage in true fashion and documenting the process the along way.
Hannah and I met at a bar during our last year of university in Toronto, where she studied Interior Design and I studied Architecture. We quickly grew a liking to one another and eventually moved in together nearly two years later. At that time, I was working at an architecture firm and Hannah had just started a couple serving jobs after being let go from her interior design job.
For multiple reasons I eventually chose to quit my job at the design firm and was unemployed trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. Serving was starting to take a toll on Hannah and at that point we had reached a crossroad in our life, with no real direction. Hannah really wanted to move back home to Nova Scotia to be closer to her family and was only was staying in Toronto to be with me. So since I had nothing anchoring me to Toronto, we decided to make the move!
Hannah's parents graciously offered to let us to stay in their vacant farmhouse and we figured it would just be a temporary transition spot. Once we committed to moving by giving a month notice on our apartment, I randomly got a great opportunity to work in Fire Restoration after the Fort McMurray wild fires in Alberta. I quickly packed the things I needed and within the same day I was on my way to western Canada, where I unexpectedly ended up working for over six months.
During that time Hannah had quit her serving jobs, sold most of our belongings and packed what was left in a box van and drove to Nova Scotia with our two cats, Booboo and Phoebe. When Hannah arrived back home to the east coast, she bounced between a couple serving jobs before landing a great office job with the government. She also started a cake decorating business called “Hannah’s Cake Designs” as her creative outlet, which has been doing quite well.
Once I finished my job in Alberta, I finally joined Hannah in Nova Scotia and instantly fell in love with the province. I continued working remotely, while still trying to figure out what I wanted to do in life. Since I had a lot of spare time on my hands, I ended up watching a lot of DIY videos and learning everything and anything on YouTube. The house was in need of updating so we started restoring the farmhouse with the little experience we had, figuring we would just learn as we go. I also wanted to document the process to be able to look back and see the amazing transformations. After completing the living room, I learned how to video edit and posted my first farmhouse restoration video on YouTube. I was very pleased and excited how the room and video turned out so I decided to share it and it ended up becoming one of the top posts on Reddit and from there we got a surge of subscribers on YouTube.
Restoring the farmhouse and making YouTube videos combined all of my passions, from problem solving, designing and building, to my newly found interest in videography and editing. The overwhelming amount of support and love has been so incredible and humbling that it has become the driving motivation to keep producing content. Now here we are, over a year later with 14+ episodes, a partially restored home and a growing amount of subscribers who are joining along and supporting our restoration journey. We are so excited for what the future brings! Watch our to learn more.
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