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Holiday Weekend

I have generally been good about not making a lot of noise on Sunday’s and have generally spent the day doing office work and some site work like cleanup and the like.  But an event on Friday indicates I will … Continue reading

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Bobcat Deconstruction

A family member had expressed disappointment the last time I used Alfie to tear down the office as they wanted to watch live. So this time I filmed a little of the dismantling of the bedroom to capture for all … Continue reading

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Lafarge becomes a sponsor

Well, we are one day closer to excavation but still have one wall standing. The morning was spent in the office planning the logistics for Tuesday’s delivery of 21 skids containing 37K lbs of ICF block. I looked at having … Continue reading

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One Wall Standing

Well I tried.  I really wanted the house down and gone by the end of the month but it looks like I will be a day or two late. The house has won again.  I was able to proceed on … Continue reading

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Almost Gone

Today capped off a couple of productive days. Yesterday I did manage to get most of my list completed including lifting up most of the hardwood floor in the bedroom, removing all drywall and making a combined run with John … Continue reading

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Overheated!

With a high of 868 watts per square meter of solar energy today and a UV index of 6.25, I felt every radiating watt! Alfie developed troubles around 5:10 PM with the indication he was going to overheat.  I decided … Continue reading

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We are finally legit!

This afternoon I finally finished the re-configuring of the tree protection fencing.  This has been an outstanding task since the root spading was done a week and a half ago.  This completes the last thing I believe was outstanding with … Continue reading

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The Alfie who could

Yesterday morning I decided to get a bunch of errands  done due to the copious amounts of liquid falling out of the sky. I had to drop by BCIT and pick up the container I had brought my EPS/XPS submerged … Continue reading

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Alfie comes out to play

Today I had had enough of the slow methodical dismantling of the house and got the excavator out to help things along.  I could only start after lunch as I had a mid-morning appointment.  I still wanted to salvage the … Continue reading

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Tree Day

Tonight’s is short and sweet.  Today was tree day. I arrived at 7:30 Am to do a final cleanup before Burley Boys arrival at ten to eight.  Most of the rest of the day was occupied with trees.  I did … Continue reading

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All Hands On Deck

This morning, I was blessed with FULL pension power.  Both Gail and Eric were on deck from 9 AM to 12:30-1:30 PM.  It actually took some effort to feed the beast they became together.  They chewed through tasks faster than … Continue reading

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Fencing Duo

Today was all about fencing, both construction safety fencing and tree protection fencing. The day started very early (for me on a Sunday) and I was at the computer at 8:00 AM editing and organizing photos.  You will have noticed … Continue reading

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Rock Crushing and Removing Shiplap

Earlier in the week when I was dropping off a load of shingles, I was able to view the rock crushing operation in progress at the next pile.  I was happy to see that this was occurring and that the … Continue reading

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A dump of a day!

Today was dump day.  I started out after breakfast with half a trailer load of green waste (final fractured roof ship-lap) to the transfer station. I then loaded up all of the drywall I had removed from the garage and … Continue reading

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Roadblock (Updated Aug 25/2015)

The morning went well.  I finished pulling off the sheathing on the garage and disassembling part of the roof structure on that side.  Eric was there again and de-nailed a whole pile of wood and I had two Craigslist respondents … Continue reading

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A walk down memory lane.

This morning I headed out to the EcoDump in Richmond to drop off another load of shingles.  On the way out I noticed a big excavator at the house beside where I grew up.  On the way back I stopped … Continue reading

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Operating at about 1/3 Speed

Going to keep this short because frankly I am tired and want to go to sleep. I fell far short of my goal for today.  I am operating at about half speed (which for me is about 1/3 impulse!) The … Continue reading

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Ups and Downs

I am starting to wonder if I will be able to string a series of good days together.  Today I was reminded why I left professional purchasing.  There are so many crappy vendors in this world. I am bringing both … Continue reading

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We have Construction Power

When I woke up this morning I had a funny feeling that BCHydro would come today and at 10:30 they arrived. I was amazed that they work ‘live’ but really, what else could they do.  They are not going to … Continue reading

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Productive Weekend – Considering the Heat

After a disastrous Thursday, the end of the week turned around and was quite productive (especially considering the heat!). I spent all of Friday going through all of the stuff that was already in the container (A friend in the … Continue reading

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Time Lapse

Here is an example of the time lapse I am developing from the various camera views.  This covers the full container move from the POV of the roving cam.

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BPD!

Ever have one of those days you just should have stayed in bed?  Today was such a day!  A Bad Personal Day. I got a very late start today.  For some reason I was beat even though yesterday was generally … Continue reading

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The Little Alfie who could!

It was a great day on two different fronts.  The day started bright and early with me on site by 8:15 (OK- That is early for me).  Sean Wightman from Burley Boys was coming at 9 AM to do the … Continue reading

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The Big Move – Part 1

Monday was another productive day. I spend some time moving salvaged plants I have in pots away from the tree fencing in the back yard to make room for the air spading tomorrow. Gail then helped me move all of … Continue reading

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Garbage Day

It seems like I lived at various landfills this weekend.  After my Saturday morning breakfast with Ron (Gail’s husband), my Landlord Bahman and I went first to the North Shore Transfer Station to drop off a load of green waste … Continue reading

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Mommy – It’s raining INSIDE the house.

Today our house officially became two different structures and it rained for the first time in 60 years into the living room, dinning room, hallways, bathroom, and spare bedroom. You could almost here the wood soaking up the moisture and … Continue reading

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Roof Gone

Was able to strip off the roof and ceiling joists today in the middle section of the house.  Still need to figure out how to strip the kitchen structure in light of the fact that roof to the east of … Continue reading

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Roof Structure Started

It was another great day even though as usual I got a late start and arrived at the job site at 11:45 AM. The day started with a chiro appointment where Dr. M tweaked me back into alignment bringing instant … Continue reading

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Happy Canada Day everyone!

I am usually found at Sowden Park on this day working to maintain my top salesman position at the community picnic but decided this year that my build was more important and to give someone else a chance for the … Continue reading

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Roof Gone

Well at least some of the roof is gone. Sunday AM was a trip to the dump to get rid of the green waste followed by an afternoon of stripping shingles off the back side of the house in the … Continue reading

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Network Configuration

Just a really quick note.  I am making some network re-configurations.  Until complete the Container and Roving Cam will be off line.  Will try to have up by tomorrow. Was a very productive day.  Will fill you in further tomorrow. … Continue reading

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Cats, Raccoon, and Skunks – Oh MY!

Well it sure did not take long for the wildlife to figure out my house had no walls.  I set the roving cam to email me alerts when it sensed action last night. Partly as a security measure, but also … Continue reading

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Pension Power

It was a great day. I actually finished what I planned to do when I set out this morning. My Father-In-Law was here again and was able to bundle about 40% of the beech floor in only just over 4 … Continue reading

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Help

Monday was uneventful – I was able to strip the siding off the entire south elevation of the house.  This took a lot longer once I got to the garage because that siding had been installed with spiral nails and … Continue reading

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Blunder 1 of what I am sure will be many

The rest of Friday went to plan.  I was able to borrow a neighbours scaffold and take the siding off the back of the kitchen.  I found by far the fastest method was to use the flush cut saw to … Continue reading

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Siding Removal Started

I spent several hours yesterday vacuuming the whole house from one end to the other because the air quality, after pulling down the ceiling with the mineral wool and fibreglass insulation, was toxic. I had been wearing a mask, but anyone … Continue reading

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No More Insulation

Well yesterday was the first day in a long time that went to schedule. Of course I went and ruined that today. Someone came yesterday morning and picked up all of the fibreglass insulation. Earlier in the morning I had … Continue reading

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Insulation

Today was an itchy day.  It started with loading the trailer with all the non-green waste that was created while taking down all the interior walls.  This was mainly painted panelling and plywood along with many panels of foil backed … Continue reading

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House Insurance Scams

Sorry – It is time for a soap box rant.  We have typically ALL been overcharged for home insurance! This has been on my radar for almost a decade now and a few years back I even tried to get … Continue reading

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Missed Deadlines, Casual Labour, and Progress

As I just wrote in my blog post http://thepathtosustainableliving.blogspot.ca/2014/06/missed-deadline-again.html, the scheduled deadline to start the big dig has now come and gone.  While we have made some real progress to get closer to this task, we are still weeks away … Continue reading

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Stamina

Not a bad day again – productivity wise.  I spent the morning preparing for tomorrow’s labour (building a work bench), taking delivery of the toilet, and further organizing the construction supply container to make room for the panelling I took … Continue reading

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Continued Progress

I have made OK progress since Friday – Saturday was spent doing general cleanup including a load to the dump for green waste (unpainted wood), general garbage, and metal recycling. I know I did more than just this but for … Continue reading

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Tunnel Implosion

I wish it went up this fast.  It took a day to put up and under an hour to take down.

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RCI Conference

Today was the annual Roofing Contractors Institute conference and it was another great year filled with informative speakers.   My favourite thoughts of the day were: 1) Double Stud Construction is actually more dangerous than standard 2×6 construction from a condensation … Continue reading

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Liftup hardwood floor in living and dinning room – Check!

When I started the task, each row was taking on average 6 – 7 minutes.  The whole house was going to take days.  Fortunately I put my brain and not brawn into the mix and figured out a much better … Continue reading

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Remediation Complete

www.actesenvironmental.com finished their abatement yesterday and did an excellent job.  All of the drywall containing asbestos has been removed including any nails holding it onto the framing. The place is spotless as per photos below. The foil backed cardboard really … Continue reading

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Permit Issued

Well, I can hardly believe this and am waiting for the follow up email saying “Sorry we made a mistake”, but I received an email today at 2:18 PM advising that my Building Permit had been issued.  Remember, I only … Continue reading

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Asbestos Remediation is a go

I thought today would unfold very differently.  I thought the supervisor and possibly a small crew was going to come over and start prepping the area for tomorrows real start.  I thought that I would be told what kind of … Continue reading

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A long productive day

The day started at 7:45 AM getting ready for a trip to the dump.  My neighbour Ron helped which was very much appreciated.  This was followed by a trip to the metal recycle at the transfer station.  The original plan … Continue reading

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Are computers supposed to make life easier?

Nothing like a 8 hour computer issue to ruin the days productivity.  Today was the day to completely move my network out of the house.  This is accomplished by using the EnGenius LAN wireless bridge and setting parts of the … Continue reading

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We have liftoff!

Very short note today. I can report that my permit application was accepted yesterday with very little fanfare. I am so great-full for Tacoma and especially Heather for the huge effort getting the engineering package ready for yesterday’s deadline.  A … Continue reading

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Remidiation looming

Been another busy day. Had a couple of updates to do for Tacoma and should receive another set of markups tomorrow.  That should almost complete the engineering and design.  Should be in good shape for permit application meeting Friday afternoon … Continue reading

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What a difference a day makes

Well, it has been quite the world wind day.  Started bright and early at 8:30 (Trust me, this is early for me – I am more of a night hawk) with someone coming to pickup an old Poly Iso panel … Continue reading

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Some Progress – But further behind.

I can’t believe it has been ten days since my last post.  It has been two steps forward and 1 step back for the last couple weeks.  A few of you have been antsy and asking where I am at.  … Continue reading

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We have Asbestos!

Just a short note tonight as it is late and I am tired. I have been thinking about a tool that I envisioned would allow me to do flush cuts to aid in removing the hardwood floors and also the … Continue reading

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Are we done yet?

Well day two of deconstruction is behind me and I am asking myself, “Are we done yet?” 🙂  I am using muscles that have not seen the light of day in a very long time. Yesterday saw the last of … Continue reading

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Deconstruction has started!

Today was the first day of the deconstruction process – Yeah! In roughly three hours*, I was able to remove most of the kitchen cabinets and counters including kitchen sink.  I was going to try to save the wall cabinets, … Continue reading

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Moving Day – Part 2

While we moved into our basement suite on March 2, the vast majority of our stuff was left behind in the old house.  I have been working on the stuff that was left over the last 2 months and today, … Continue reading

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A week of waiting and a Braced Wall Band Blunder

It has been an emotional roller coaster yet again this week as I wait for confirmation from the engineer that my structure complies with the ENGINEERING GUIDE FOR WOOD FRAME CONSTRUCTION 2009. There were significant concerns earlier in the week … Continue reading

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Look at all the stars!

This is how I have been feeling lately    

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Revised Drawings Drafted

I spent the last couple of days revising all of the drawings to show the revised braced wall panel lengths and locations. I got these off by noon yesterday and spent the rest of yesterday and all of today drafting … Continue reading

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A good day!

Today was a totally awesome and productive day.  I am exhausted but very happy, not to mention extremely relieved.  I want to thank Nathan from Tacoma and Brian from Stantec for totally turning this project around and saving my bacon! … Continue reading

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Turning into a good week!

I wanted to give you all the good news as soon as I got it. I have just heard from Nathan at Tacoma and he has confirmed that only the Lateral Design needs to be fully compliant with Part C … Continue reading

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Website Design – Honeycomb Creative Solutions

I have had several people provide favourable comment on the design of this website.  I want to again thank Honeycomb Creative Solutions for their excellent design work on this project. What you all cannot see is how well polished the … Continue reading

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Structural Design Restart

The last week has ended on what I hope will be a sustainable up-note on the restart of my design. I went through my model and adjusted all braced wall panels to be the new minimum lengths dictated by Part … Continue reading

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State of Redesign

Not a lot has happened over the last week as I needed to do some bookkeeping and tax return preparation. With most of that behind me this morning I have now turned my attention to the redesign of the structure … Continue reading

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Street Cam

Sorry for the poor picture folks.  Looks like the waterproof camera may not be that waterproof and needs to dry out.  I will try to get it down today and fixed up. Edit: Actually turned out to be a network … Continue reading

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Canadian Wood Council’s ENGINEERING GUIDE FOR WOOD FRAME CONSTRUCTION 2009

Received my ordered copy of this guide today.  I took a cursory look this evening and not liking what I see.  The critical difference between it and the guidelines in 9.23.13 in the building code is the minimum size of … Continue reading

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Onward and upwards

It is time to get off the pot and get’er done!  It was a productive weekend on several fronts. My wife used the move as an opportunity to significantly purge her wardrobe which basically entailed her taking what she wanted … Continue reading

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Engineered Structure – Update

I met with the District of North Vancouver again this morning for some further clarification and to again plead my case.  I met with my Plans Checker, the Section Manager – Permits & Licences, and the Building Inspector who will … Continue reading

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ENGINEERING GUIDE FOR WOOD FRAME CONSTRUCTION 2009

Looking to borrow a copy of the Canadian Wood Council’s ENGINEERING GUIDE FOR WOOD FRAME CONSTRUCTION 2009 from someone in the Lower Mainland Greater Vancouver Area. Hopefully Saturday AM.  I have ordered a copy but it will be a week … Continue reading

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At a crossroads

Yesterday, I received the baffling news from the District of North Vancouver building department that they were considering my dwelling ‘complex’ and as a result would require that I have the entire structure engineered. I wrote about the possible Death … Continue reading

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Status – Lateral Bracing Design for Part 9.23.13

Several of you have asked where I am at. Well, I am in a holding pattern. The District has asked for up to two weeks to review the policy regarding Lateral Bracing, and to talk with other Municipalities. I have … Continue reading

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Cameras

Please bear with me while I figure out the best options for the site webcams. I am looking for a service that will reliably stream the camera video or snapshots. While I test systems, the camera feeds may not always … Continue reading

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The End?

Well today had the option of being a fantastic day or a totally crappy day.  It was the day I was to apply for my building permits and the process was either going to be successful or a dismal failure. … Continue reading

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Patience Required

Sorry, I have been so quite lately.  It has been a challenging week as I work through some major hurdles in my permit process.  I also was off line Mon/Tues while I attended a THERM course at UBC. As part … Continue reading

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Building Permit Prep

It has been a busy week. I met with the Geotech on site Monday afternoon and dug 5 test holes around the perimeter of where the new house will go so that she could determine the make-up of the soil. … Continue reading

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Variance Approved

I am very relieved that our development variance was approved last night. This locks in the design and allows for me to proceed on the building permit application. I had a bit of a hiccup with the building permit process. … Continue reading

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Data Restored

I am a very thankful man this morning as I received word back from www.critical-recovery.com, that they were able to restore ALL the data in my Quickbooks financial file. As I have a tax return due soon and I am … Continue reading

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I have a hearing date and staff recommend approval!

Today was spent finally getting back to the task at hand – planning for a house build.  I have to put my worries about my Quickbooks files aside until I hear back from the data recovery company – something that … Continue reading

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Data Disaster

It has been a horrible weekend with significant (and possibly) permanent consequences. On Friday I investigated an issue I had with logging into my Synology file server.  Since the day I moved my office across the street, I had been … Continue reading

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Sick!

This has been a poor week for progress.  My chest cold has pretty much whipped my butt.  I did a trouble shooter inspection on Tuesday where I was exposed to an attic full of mould so this also did not … Continue reading

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I have an office!

Today was a productive day and I was able to finally set up my office in the suite and the wireless internet across the street.  Only problem is that I am sicker than a dog with a chest cold and … Continue reading

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Settling into a routine

The week has been much of the same.  I have been going through things at the house and putting aside stuff to go to storage and stuff to be given away.  Many – many trips up and down the 13 … Continue reading

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Getting Better

Last night was much better.  The second bedroom actually fit our bedroom furniture better and we are on an outside corner so two of the walls are solid concrete and the other two are well away from the none suite … Continue reading

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Running on Empty!

Our first night left a lot to be desired! I had chosen the smaller of the two bedrooms to use as the bedroom because it was longer so would fit the king size bed better.  This turned out to be … Continue reading

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Moving Day (Or at least Day 1)

I am beat! This morning started at 8:45 AM at my neighbours for breakfast.  I have wonderful neighbours!  By 9:45, my neighbour’s son and son-in-law and I started to move the ‘heavy’ stuff across the street. My wife had to … Continue reading

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Thank-full today is over but tomorrow will be worse!

The day has finally come that gives some permanence to this plan of mine to build a house.  Today is the day we get possession of our cross-the-street-basement-suite.  Like every step of this process to this point in time, this … Continue reading

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Welcome to my building journal.

Welcome to my theEnclosure.ca Project Journal.  I appreciated you stopping by for a visit. I will be using this journal as a form of (hopefully) daily diary where I will document what is on my mind and describe the day-to-day … Continue reading

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