Saturday, September 27, 2008

Monday, September 22, 2008

The door hardware is on...

Andi helped mommy with some measuring...

My way of seeing how the bathroom could be laid out the best--make templates from newspaper and move them around....

The porch is coming along...there is actually more done today, but the pics are from there are posts all along the "bump"...and rafters along the front..

Wednesday, September 17, 2008


We have a plumber, thanks to Shasta. xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo There are not enough hugs and kisses in the world for you!

He can't do it for two weeks, but there is plenty to keep Charlie busy until then. :)

Still no plumber...

I am about to go off the deep end...we have called so many people and it's either a no, or just no answer....some of them are too busy to even answer their phones. We hoped that we could find someone, but I am starting to think that we may have a looooooooong delay. *sigh*

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Thanks to everyone who has been giving us names and helping us track down plumbers. Here's to hoping it all works out! xoxo


Well, our THIRD plumber just quit.

The first one we had lined up decided to go out West, and left before we even started the house.

Plumber No 2 was great; he came and did all the rough plumbing in the basement floor before the concrete was poured. Then he decided to go out West too. But he arranged for another plumber, who came up with him and looked at the job...we thought we were all set.

So today plumber number three calls, and says "Sorry, we're just too busy." Holy frick. And of course we're at the point where we need a plumber in the next couple of weeks to get the rough plumbing in so we can insulate and drywall. GAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH

I called the father of a high-school classmate and threw myself at his mercy...he is retired though, and already doing more extra projects than he wants. But he is going to let me know. Everyone cross everything....fingers, toes, hair follicles, whatever....

And I have also called everyone I know and asked for names of plumbers...of course we've already been through three of the five they have mentioned, so I have two names to try on Monday.....*SIGH* (Ok Shasta, NOW I am a bit stressed....)

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Water, water everywhere....

We have a well....with 100 gallons per minute! No problem running a geothermal heat

And Charlie changed all the door openings today and two of them are more to go. Had to order the handles for the French doors at Home Depot online, since no one here carries the dummy handles. So it is all coming together again. If only we didn't have those backward steps.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Should have known...

...things were going too smoothly. HVAC, Electrician and Plumber will all be coming in the next little while. The plumber might be harder to get in, as he is super busy, and is really just doing our house as a favour for a friend. Our second plumber also moved out West (as did our first), so he arranged for this guy to do the job. No big deal, and nice of him to arrange it rather than leave us high and dry.

Here's the problem. You can see all the windows are in, but not the doors. Hmmm...wonder why? Maybe because the doors don't fit!? They are all 1 inch bigger (wider and taller) than the dimensions on the spec sheet from the building supply store! And while that might not seem like a big deal it is especially problematic in the basement, where we already had problems with the height of the it means backtracking and redoing work that is already done.

And still no word on our second draw...not sure if the CMHC inspector was back and did his report or not...will have to try and chase that info down tomorrow....before we run out of money!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Adam Ramsay, the well driller, was up today to check things out...a couple of "adjustments" to the landscape (we'll be calling you again Jane!) and he is coming on Thursday to drill the well. We want to make sure we have enough water pressure before we install the geothermal heat pump.

The upstairs windows are in, as are some of the downstairs ones. Gary took a couple of pics, but I was away, so there are no pics of today's work crew...Shawn (Birder), Mike (Kronk) and Chris (Walshie). So for those of you who wanted to see a picture of Kronk at work, you're outta luck...haha....

Friday, September 5, 2008

Windows to our world...

The windows came today. :) And will go in tomorrow! One was broken, but Kent's is going to send someone to replace the glass, since it was broken before we ever got it.

LOVE the big kitchen window...there are no upper cabinets on the river side...just the view. And Charlie put in the "porthole" today at the end of the upstairs hallway, just so we could see one window in! :)

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Glad we bought shingles before the price jump this week!

Pondering something important...

Bonus room over garage...

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

New pics soon--I promise!

The roof is on the garage and the front is in the process of being shingled. Windows and doors go in on Saturday.

Of course, there always have to be headaches, right? We requested an inspection for early next week from CMHC so we can get the next draw. We chose next week on that the windows/doors would be in and would be included in the draw. Well, guess who was there today...the inspector! So he would do his report and we would get the money up to date--which does NOT include the windows--and then they arrive tomorrow and by the time we get the money we owe for them too!! gaah!!! I have a call in and hopefully they call back tomorrow and we get it straightened out....*sigh*