September 26, 2012


Dirt, sand and gravel were moved this week.  A culvert was put in the driveway.  Weeping tile was laid.  Trenches have been dug for septic system. 
Our building inspector visited yesterday afternoon and gave the thumbs-up to back fill.
The little ones "Mantracker" game is now suspended until further notice!  It is a bit too nerve racking for this mumma to let them run loose. 

September 23, 2012

This and That

The past two weeks have been spent...

enjoying the last bit of summer.

applying a water proof membrane to the ICF.

gathering supplies.

hauling gravel.

doing a bit of backfilling.

receiving floor truss delivery.

September 12, 2012

Big Day!

The wind subsided to a mere 40km per hour and the sun was shining.  The pumper truck arrived at lunch time and there was a steady stream of mixer trucks for the next couple hours.   Picture heavy post as the boys and I have a cake to decorate!
The littlest having a snack!


HAPPY BIRTHDAY!  There's a cold beer waiting for you!

September 11, 2012


Mother Nature 1.  Basement Walls 0.

Windy conditions are persisting.   Today's scheduled concrete delivery is delayed due to 70km per hour winds.  On the bright side it hasn't rained in over a week and things have dried up nicely.

I delivered some supplies this morning and thought to myself  "we should just put a roof on".   I shared with Les and he laughed because he verbalized the same thought during coffee break.  Clearly a massive project!

September 7, 2012

Playing with Blocks

It has been a week of stacking and fitting ICF for the basement walls.  They are large but light and, ironically, the wind was blowing strong during much of the process. 

The walls are braced and the concrete truck is scheduled to arrive on Tuesday.  Fingers crossed!  Rain Rain Stay Away!

The floor joists need to sit on concrete, not Styrofoam, so the last few days work has consisted of building these.  Technical term...."header block" or "pain in the ass".  A lot of extra work but necessary.

Away from the building site research is ongoing for kitchen design, appliance sourcing and deck material sourcing in attempt to lower the budget.  There are too many choices out there!