Monthly Archives: October 2013

First Floor

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Front entrance. Porch poured. Getting ready to build 2nd floor.

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Front to back. Living room on right. Stairs in middle. Family room kitchen to left. Dining area to right.


Family room with cathedral ceiling.

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Family room looking into backyard.

Framing Week 2

We have walls people! The framing of the first floor is just about finished and the second floor should start next week. So far, we are happy with how the house is shaping up and the framing job should be finished in about 3 weeks. We thought it would be going a little quicker than it is, so we might have to call in the big guns – my mom – to whip those workers into shape. Have you heard about the worker my parents found sleeping on their front porch last week? (Another story, with another wine in hand. Hilarious though.) Back to the framing…

When the forms were up, I was concerned that the house was going to be too small but with the floors now in place and the walls framed, it’s a decent sized space. The garage though – too small. It’s big enough to fit a small car but that’s about it! (Side note: Our initial drawings submitted to the city had to be adjusted as the zoning department said that the garage was not permitted to project beyond the entrance line on the ground floor. We could have went to Committee of Adjustment but we opted to decrease the garage space instead.)

Last week, the backfill was also completed. They still have more grading to do in the backyard but we are waiting for dirt that is similar to what was removed from the site (sand) and so that should be finished 100% by next week. There is a lot of space in both the front and back yard and the sides are still wide enough to get a machine to the back to dig out my pool one day;)

Other than framing, we are gathering quotes to pour the concrete for the basement and the front/back porches. (Concrete guys must be rolling in the dough because this sh** is EXPENSIVE!) The plumber was also over yesterday roughing in the washroom for the basement. We won’t be finishing the basement during the construction but hope to in a few years’ time once the inspectors have come and gone (Note to self: Delete this sentence upon conclusion of blog). This weekend we will be busy going to a few parties, drinking beer, and shopping for a new car – oh wait, that was a few years ago when we had time and some extra cash. This weekend we will actually be busy pricing out kitchen cabinets, hunting for dog friendly flooring (doesn’t exist) and overall not spending money. Beer though, there will be beer. And wine. And Vodka…framing fave framing front side side going up basement

Framing and Waterproofing

It appeared like it was going to be a slow week in terms of progress, but today was a good one.  A special system using liquid rubber (as seen on Holmes on Homes) was applied to the foundation to ensure the home is as waterproof as possible to decrease chances of basement flooding. As mentioned in an earlier post, although it was remarkable that we didn’t run into any water while excavating, we want the home to be as protected as possible. And for the minimal price tag, it’s worth the peace of mind.

Framing also started which is the most exciting part of a new home build, so I hear. The guys are working thoughout the weekend and we should have two floors built by next week! Very exciting!

Many people have been asking about our stress levels at this point. Erik seems to be a sound sleeper (snoring, mouth gaping open, all 4 paws straight up in the air – oh wait, that would be George), but I am certainly awake at night stirring about everything. That being said, we are so pleased with how everything has been progressing and anxious to see the framing! Waterproofingx2 Waterproffing framing framing2 framing3

‘Before’ Pics

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‘Before’ family pic.

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Overgrown weeds in the backyard….none of the good stuff though!

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Southeast view from the backyard.

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Southwest view.

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Backyard Oasis. Hard to imagine!

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Beautiful Whiteoak covering the entire backyard 😉

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Diamond in the rough. We shall see.

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Just Imagine….Friday night after a long work week…wineglass in hand (a big one)…Erik BBQ-ing on our new patio (nude), as we watch the sun set in our backyard…Hard to imagine this could be next summer except for the Erik nude part (got your attention though, didn’t I?)


There has been a lot happening over the last few week or so – footings and forming. The backfill should happen this week and framing to start on Friday or Monday – depending on how the weather holds up! It’s starting to look like a house!happy dogforming dog Chicos2