Then there was a Big Ass Fan…

The march towards completion continues…almost everyday another item gets checked off the mile-long list.  It is nice to look back through these posts as it shows the amount of progress over the 2-4 weeks between posts.  Without further rambling – let’s get down to the detailed update:


The fireplace is in and looks great.  It only took about 2hrs to get the unit installed, and then another day to get everything framed out above the fireplace.  The fireplace company needs to come back and install the ‘Heat shift’ system which essentially routes the hot air around the TV.  Hopefully this will prevent the new bigscreen from prematurely dying on us due to the heat.


All of the return ducts have now been installed.  The HRV vents have also been installed.  Code now requires an HRV due to the airtight building envelope, so it will be nice to have fresh air during the winter in the house.


We have decided to go with copper piping for all of the water lines.  Pex is normally run in residential properties now as it is faster and cheaper.  We ultimately chose copper Continue reading

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It’s Spring…

With all of these posts, every single one of them shows progress.  Thus, it is very difficult to come up with titles of posts.  I will say this – it is a lot easier to make progress in the spring than it is during the winter.  There haven’t been any posts lately due to all of the work that was going on.  It may not look like a whole lot, but these are massive steps in the right direction.

We are closing in on the Structural, HVAC and Plumbing inspection which should happen around the end of May.  We will then spend the rest of June doing electrical and insulating.  Then comes drywall, and then Jess’ new baby kitchen can be measured and built.  We are really looking forward to the 4 day long weekend coming up to give the progress an extra little boost.  Without any further adieu, let me show you what has been going on…(sorry this post is so long!)

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Roof, Furnace Room and Front Entrance

There is lots of good news in this update…the warm weather is making everything easier.  I can see us moving back into the house any day now…(sorry Jess, I meant any month now).

With the concrete in, work has now shifted to ensuring that everything is ready to pass the structural inspection.  Basically, this inspection ensures that all of the main systems have been roughed in and all of the framing is complete.  The inspector is looking to make sure that the structure of the building is solid and to ensure that the structure has not been ‘modified’ with small little hacks.  With any luck, we should be there in a few short weeks.  Once this stage is complete, we be ready to insulate and begin drywall.

The roof is now complete* (sorry, I forgot to take a final pic).  It took a long time, but it looks great.  All of the flashings and snow guards are complete* which took a long time to get finished up, but looks great.  I will try and get a pic for the next update.   There are a couple of minor defects that need to be fixed, but I consider it complete. Continue reading

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It has been a busy week, both personally and in the reno-world that consumes our everyday. Things are progressing, but never as quickly as one would like. Continue reading

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So close…

It has been a very busy few weeks preparing for the slab pour…the weather has been cooperating off-and-on.  As you may or may not know, the main floor is a big concrete slab.  Underneath, we have had to run HVAC, electrical, gas lines and plumbing in preparation for the various services that will be required. Continue reading

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Roof, HVAC and Structural

The Roof:

Today (Family Day), the roofers were finally able to return to continue installing the roof.  They managed to get the rear of the house on about 3 weeks ago, but have been held up  due to ice and snow.  Due to the recent spike in temperatures, the snow has melted and we are going full-speed ahead.  The roofers were able to get about half of the front on today (sorry for the lack of pics…but the lighting is difficult at the front of the house).

Hopefully the roof will be completed by the end of the week – I think they have about two days worth of work left…but it’s going to rain tomorrow, so maybe Wednesday.

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New Blog and Progress Update!

First off, welcome to the new blog.  I thought it might be easier to put everything on a blog to get both the description and photos together in one place.  I will try and archive some of the older pics and information, but it may take some time before I get to that.

Now onto the Progress!!!!

Lots has happened since the last update.  Where do I begin? Continue reading

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