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Windows, stairs and shingles!

     February 10, 2015 0 Comments

It’s so awesome to go to the house and see multiple companies working all together to create this house. It was another busy day at the house with people in and out all day, progress being made.

Does anything look different to you?

window in

The giant window is in from Humphrey Window and Door Store! The driveway is formed and the arch detail has been completed. Looks awesome hey? We gave Manny from Limitless Construction a big high-five when we saw the house like this.

*Notice the grade difference between the driveway and the side of the house? This will all be leveled out in the spring. We need to bring in quite a bit of fill.

* Notice the temporary front door. The real door, from Sunview Windows & Doors, will be centered and beautiful. We’re using a temporary door so the real door doesn’t get damaged during construction.

garage floor

The fill was also brought in to the inside of the garage by Bergen Excavating. This is in preparation for the rebar and cement that gets poured over to create a real garage floor.

stairs

The stairs were also installed! That means I can safely go from floor to floor without fear of a shaky ladder. Our stairs need a bit of revision, but I’ll explain that in another post. For now, let’s just admire the giant window from the inside. The amount of light it brings in is great.

window bonus

The crew is also busy installing windows throughout the rest of the rooms. I’m looking forward to seeing how the windows in the children’s bedrooms finish. KRN Residential Design designed the windows in the two bedrooms to appear as though it was a corner of windows. Once the drywall and trim pieces go up, I think it will look great!

windows

Overall, things are moving along pretty quick and we’re so grateful to everyone working that schedules are being met, attention to detail is high and an amazing house is being built.

Best of all? We’re one step closer to being at lock-up. Canridge Roofing had the shingles hoisted up to the roof today. They will be starting in the next day or two, weather dependent, and getting that roof all shingled. Woo hoo!

shingles

 

 

 


About the Author
mm I have a passion for the arts, cooking, vintage pieces and DIY projects. I enjoy mixing patterns and colours to make a space my own. I love supporting local businesses and participating in the growth of our community. I laugh and play every day with my wonderful and loving family. Regina is a place that I am happy to call home.

The roof, the roof, the roof is…. closed in.

     January 27, 2015 0 Comments

What did you think I’d say? On fire? That’d be unfortunate.

There’s been some great progress at the house! The roof sheathing has been nearly completed by Limitless Construction and we’ve scheduled Canridge Roofing to come in to shingle it.

roof sheathing

The arch is also well on it’s way to being complete. Things are starting to look good!

arch completed

Something did come up during the arch construction that was unfortunate, but Manny (Limitless Construction) brought it to our attention immediately and we’ve got a plan in place to solve it. Take a closer look at that arch in the picture above. Notice anything odd? Let me point it out for you.

garage roof

The garage roof line was designed to be wide, but unfortunately it makes the sight line of the arch funny from certain angles. It’s completely a preference thing – there’s nothing structurally wrong with it – but once it was pointed out to us, we couldn’t un-see it. Kind of like one of those optical illusions.

Manny brought the design to our attention and gave us his recommendation of cutting back the width of the overhang on the garage. The other option was bringing the arch down lower, but that would have been quite expensive and labour intensive. We decided to go with option #1 for ease, and Manny said he will also cut down the overhang on the other side of the garage so they match. He knows us so well!

In other news, Myl Hi Plumbing dropped off some of their plumbing supplies! They will be starting shortly which is rather exciting.

plumbing supplies

Manny and his crew have been busy installing the windows in the house. Here’s another view of the huge windows in the dining room and the transom windows in the master bedroom. We ordered the windows from the Humphrey Window and Door Store and couldn’t be more pleased. We’ve taken all the screens home with us so that they don’t get damaged or dirty while the house is under construction. If you’re building, I’d advise you to do the same!

dining room windows

windows master

Ah, sweet progress. We’ve been told the giant window in the bonus room over the garage will be installed tomorrow. Can’t wait!


About the Author
mm I have a passion for the arts, cooking, vintage pieces and DIY projects. I enjoy mixing patterns and colours to make a space my own. I love supporting local businesses and participating in the growth of our community. I laugh and play every day with my wonderful and loving family. Regina is a place that I am happy to call home.

Framing: Part 9

     January 13, 2015 0 Comments

The house is almost a house. Yep – the roof is going on! We’ve been in a state of shock since we realized that the house is nearing lock up. Just a few more steps, and the house will be weather-proof. To get there, the roof needs to be completed, windows and doors installed and architectural details completed.

Limitless Construction had a great head start on the roof trusses before we got on site. The true size and height of the house can now be imagined, and it’s quite impressive.

house 1

As you can see, Manny and his crew have nearly all the roof trusses on. There is still another peak to go over the bonus room, but that will be completed by the end of the day.

roof 3

 

The crew has also started to work on the arch detail over the front door. This area is quite intricate as KRN Residential Design designed it in a way that the arch radius matches the radius of the bonus room window. The front door is also centered below the arch. It’s important that the plan is executed so that the final look of the house is right. Don’t worry – that white door is temporary. We put in a temporary door so that the real door (super fancy from Sunview Windows and Doors) wouldn’t be damaged during construction.

arch

 

And lastly, some of the windows have been installed! We can’t believe the size of the windows in the dining area and living room. They are huge. They are almost the size of a door. And they open for air flow. We’re very happy with the windows we ordered from The Humphrey Window & Door Store.

windows

The crunch is on to have the roof sheathing completed so that our roofer, Canridge Roofing, can get on site and start shingling. Sound Solar Systems, the company installing solar panels, also needs to get on the roof to install braces for the panels. We’re crossing our fingers and toes that the weather holds out and the construction stays on schedule!

Are you building a house? What stage was the most exciting for you before completion? 


About the Author
mm I have a passion for the arts, cooking, vintage pieces and DIY projects. I enjoy mixing patterns and colours to make a space my own. I love supporting local businesses and participating in the growth of our community. I laugh and play every day with my wonderful and loving family. Regina is a place that I am happy to call home.

Framing: Part 6

     January 7, 2015 0 Comments

In yesterday’s post, you saw that the second floor beam and garage beam were placed and the floor trusses were started. Let’s continue, shall we? Step 6: sloped roof over garage and deck.

When we went by the job site, we were pleased to see that Limitless Construction had started on the shed roof over the garage.

garage roof

We had a couple of options for the roof style over the garage: a gable or shed. We like the aesthetics of a gable over garage doors, but functionally, they aren’t as great as a shed roof (in our opinion). When you have a gable over your garage, the windows in the room above the garage are placed higher for clearance. Imagine standing inside that room, and the window would be quite high off the ground. Compare this to the shed roof (illustrated in our rendering below) and the bonus room window is only few feet off the floor, creating a large and spacious feeling on the inside.

front finalgarage slope

 

The crew also started the roof over the back deck. By having a roof over the back deck, the owner will have the option of installing an enclosure to create a outdoor room suitable in various types of weather.

back deck trusses

The deck boards were also installed, making it easy for us to finish in the spring.

By this time, we were starting to get a feeling for how tall the house would be. Manny said it would certainly be impressive! I guess that’s what happens when you have 9′ ceilings.

floor trusses floor trusses 2

This was my favourite view of the house at this time. In these shots, I’m standing in the front foyer. I can’t wait to see how the second floor turns out.


About the Author
mm I have a passion for the arts, cooking, vintage pieces and DIY projects. I enjoy mixing patterns and colours to make a space my own. I love supporting local businesses and participating in the growth of our community. I laugh and play every day with my wonderful and loving family. Regina is a place that I am happy to call home.

Framing: Part 5

     January 6, 2015 0 Comments

So far we’ve seen a few different framing stages:

  1. Cap the main floor
  2. Main floor exterior walls
  3. Main floor interior walls
  4. Garage walls

Stage 5 brings us to the beam and installing floor trusses on the second floor. This stage was neat to see because now the garage walls were up, whereas last time we saw them they were still laying flat. It truly gives us a realistic perspective of the footprint of this house.

garage walls up

Next, the garage walls were sheeted with plywood and ready for the beam. Limitless Construction brought in a crane to lift the beams onto the existing main floor walls and garage walls. The floor trusses were also hauled up to the second floor and placed.

garage beam

In the picture below, you can see the beam and how it’s situated in the middle of the house. It is the main supporting beam for the entire second floor. We went with a steel beam for added support (because we have such a large open concept on the main floor) whereas some builders choose to do a wood beam. It all depends on your architectural plans.

second floor beam

What really pleased us about working with Limitless Construction is that they were very busy on site, but always willing to stop and walk us through what they were doing and the next steps. It’s really helped us understand the building process.

We will update you tomorrow with more pictures of the trusses on the second floor as well as the sloped roof for the bonus room. It’s amazing how real a room can feel once there’s a ceiling overhead.

What was the most exciting stage when you built your home? 


About the Author
mm I have a passion for the arts, cooking, vintage pieces and DIY projects. I enjoy mixing patterns and colours to make a space my own. I love supporting local businesses and participating in the growth of our community. I laugh and play every day with my wonderful and loving family. Regina is a place that I am happy to call home.

Framing: Part 2

     December 15, 2014 0 Comments

If you follow us on Facebook, you would have seen the amazing aerial footage of the House Trade Built that we posted a few days ago. The house is offically framed, and (*spoiler alert*) it’s amazing!

It feels like the house went up quickly, and it did thanks to our framer Limitless Construction. Manny and his crew were great to work with and always took the time to keep us in the loop of what was going on. To bring you up to date, let’s go through the framing process one step at a time.

Step #1: Main floor cap

This step was completed back at the end of October and documented on this blog post. Manny and his crew came in and completed the main floor cap before the backfill could be done. The reason the floor cap goes on first is to that there is added support for the concrete basement walls as thousands of pounds of dirt are pushed against it.

Step #2: Main floor exterior walls

The main floor exterior walls were installed by only a couple of the crew members from Limitless Construction. They frame the walls while the lumber is laying on the floor cap. Once the wall is complete, they stand it up and secure it in place using bracing lumber. This usually entails putting a very long 2×4 against the ground, and attaching it somewhere to the wall so that a wind gust won’t move it much.

first floor

 

It’s the job of the first person on site to make sure that there’s all the correct lumber on-site, and that safety protocols are followed. Manny and his crew were always cognizant of having the proper safety equipment on while on site. Mike (Manny’s business partner) was on site during this initial step and we got a picture of him with Dan.

mike and dan

 

 

When the exterior walls were complete, we had a “shell” on the house of the main floor. It actually felt really small when we first stood inside of it. It is about 1000 square feet, but because you can see the sky outside and see all the walls around you, it felt smaller than it actually is. This is a common optical illusion that occurs because there is nothing ‘human size’ (like furniture) to compare the space to.  I’m not going to lie, we did measure the dining room to make sure the dimensions were correct, and they are! And yes…those are three gigantic windows.

dining area

 

Manny told us that all the hard part of setup and organization was done and that his crew of 6-8 people would be back in a few days to put together the interior walls. Can’t wait to show you how the house progressed over the next two weeks.

Have you built a house before? Did you experience the optical illusion once the walls were up and the space felt small? 


About the Author
mm I have a passion for the arts, cooking, vintage pieces and DIY projects. I enjoy mixing patterns and colours to make a space my own. I love supporting local businesses and participating in the growth of our community. I laugh and play every day with my wonderful and loving family. Regina is a place that I am happy to call home.