Monday, March 26, 2007

Spring Boost

Spring seems to have given me some renewed energy for this home building project. This weekend was a bit of a high with gorgeous sunshine, and lots of progress to report...

Our plumbing is complete - including the 2nd bathroom upstairs, dishwasher, kitchen sink and and first bath fixtures. The solar thermal system is working - albeit with a snag: There's a sensor malfunction to be remedied. The propane fireplace is functioning and the trim has been installed - but with the wrong decorative backing -another small snag. There's always something (!), just to keep us awake at night.

After months of worry about the possibility of a faulty installation of our radiant in-floor heating system - the system has been fixed! Many phone calls with the plumber resulted in him trying to convince us that it was because of mysterious drafts in our house, but he finally brought in the engineer who designed the system to help him identify the problem. And, shock-of-all-shocks - it wasn't mysterious drafts causing the problem! Some of the pipes were connected to the wrong parts of the sytem. What a relief. I thought we'd be dealing with this through till next Spring. The faulty hook up had made the electric boiler run non-stop for three months, but now it only turns on once or twice a day for a short period. MUCH more efficient and effective!

Dad and our cousin Arthur worked away at installing vent piping for our range hood and piping for an outdoor water tap. Dad has finished almost all of the drywall, except a few spots that had been left open for other contractors.

This week, the carpenter returns to finish installing interior doors, and hatches to access utilities i.e. electrical panel, infloor heating pipes etc. The solar company returns to fix the faulty sensor and the water softener company will complete installation of their treatment system.



Here we are two weekends ago with Janic Dupuis and one of her daughters, Carlie. Janic and her husband Serge are planning to build a SB home in Grande-Digue, NB in the near future, and have many similar design elements as we do (SB wrap around a timberframe, with infloor heating in a floating slab etc.). We compared notes and shared quite a few laughs. It's neat to watch someone else in the process now that we've been through it.

That weekend, we also had a visit from Karla & Corey McLean, who promptly returned this past weekend to try their hand at plastering. They caught on quickly and gave us a great boost with their progress on our dining room wall.

More pics to come when I remember to bring the memory card in!

3 Comments:

Anonymous Christopher Hoyt said...

So like uhhhh, I've been following the progress of your wonderful new home and I just noticed something...it's like, made of straw!

Well I'm finally posting on your blog, and I have to say it's wonderful to be able to follow you along through all of your trials and tribulations, kudos you guys, you've done an amazing job! I'd love to get up and see you this summer (are you going to dig a frog pond like Grant did? I'll bring my trunks along just in case, ha!).

Cheers,
Chris

6:16 PM  
Blogger Christopher Hoyt said...

So like uhhhh, I've been following the progress of your wonderful new home and I just noticed something....it's like, made of straw!

Well I'm finally posting on your blog, and I have to say it's wonderful to be able to follow you along through all of your trials and tribulations, kudos you guys, you've done an amazing job! I'd love to get up and see you this summer (are you going to dig a frog pond like Grant did? I'll bring my trunks along just in case, ha!).

Cheers,
Chris

12:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi dave & kara,
can't believe what you two are doing!!! Fantastic ---we will have to plan a trip out to see you two...actually you 3 sometime next year.
trying to teach Aunt June how to send an email
Keep well
Love
Nancy & Aunt June

11:21 PM  

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