The Baeumler family are staying put a little while longer yet.
When Bryan and Sarah Baeumler packed up their family and moved to the Bahamas to undertake their biggest renovation to date, they knew life would change, but they had no idea how much it would change them for the better.
While for some, packing up and leaving your home and the life you’ve built for yourself and your family sounds crazy, for Bryan Baeumler, his wife Sarah and their four kids it was a step in the right direction.
“I hit 45-years-old and I kind of looked in the mirror and said ok, I’ve got the company, I’ve got four kids, I’ve kind of done life and put the hours in,” Bryan tells LifeStyle.
“We were just kind of on the hamster wheel. We get up and go to work another day.
“But we are an adventure family. I'm the dad that if we are driving home you know I’ll say we're taking the scenic route, let's see if we can get lost. And that's how we found this place.”
Bryan, who has been in the construction business for more than 20 years, decided to take a gamble on the run-down property that was in the perfect state of disrepair – and bring it back to life.
But in a beautiful twist of fate, it was the island that brought Bryan and his family back to what’s most important in life.
“A lot of people on the island come up to me and say ‘Bryan, this island really needed you and Sarah’ and my standard response right away without thinking is, you know what I think we really needed this island,” Bryan reveals.
“It was like a mid-life crisis project. I had a conversation with Sarah, and I said look, I'm 45, I’m kind of thinking those mid-life thoughts - I said what do I do next? We needed another mountain to climb.”
And – despite all the test, trials and tribulations that come with renovating a hotel of 18 suites and six private villas – the family project has been worthwhile in more ways than one.
Bryan and Sarah say this incredible experience has given them the step back they needed to appreciate the true meaning of life and give them so much to be grateful for.
“This move was the right step, it was the right opportunity to expose our kids to a different culture,” Sarah says.
“One of the best things the kids have learned and us ourselves, too - is that there are people on this island who have nothing. They have a brick house, no car, dirt floors and they are the happiest people in the world because they woke up in the morning.
“They're healthy, they're happy. They're living life – it’s the best way to live.”
So it’s safe to say that the Baeumler family will be calling the Bahamas home for a little while long as they divide their time between the resort, Canada and the US. There are even a few new projects on the horizon.
“We have more development plans here. We have another 138 villas that we want to build,” Bryan says.
“A marina we want to develop and there's even more projects here I think that over the next 10 to 15 years we are going to sink our teeth into.
“And keep ourselves busy doing the things we love – being on the boat and in water spending time with our kids.”
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