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It’s been a while since I updated the house project. I had planned to blog about the progress but to be honest, the project took over my life and I often felt overwhelmed with all the issues. Every day there was something to deal with, and often issues that were not uplifting and fun to write about. It started with asbestos discovered in the existing house, and when the house was removed eventually the soil was potentially too soft. After testing it, and several hundred dollars later, the soil was fine. Then the foundation was poured too high, or the hole was not deep enough, the framers went on holidays because we were delayed. On and on it went, but I have realized this is just the way it goes in this industry. Looking back, there are were many many negative things that happened (everyday was a new challenge) but now that I could sit down and write about it, I feel I don’t want to bring up the past where the memories are sometimes painful. I would rather focus on the fact that I live in my dream home and am so grateful for it.

The trades I hired to do the interior (I was not in charge of the build up until drywall) were great. They worked sometimes on top of each other, and even if many don’t like this, they put up with it. And I am grateful, because it meant we could move in sooner.

With all the issues, I can say we actually made it in here on a good schedule. We started digging in June 2012 and moved in April 5, 2013.

Today our house was featured in the April 2014 issue of Avenue Magazine, Calgary’s monthly lifestyle magazine. They did a wonderful job. I will create a link to the on-line version once it becomes available.

Until then… here are a few moments from the build…

Demolition June 28

Demolition June 28

July 18

July 18

August 8

August 8

September 8

September 8

September 5

September 5

Helpers Gus and Oliver

Helpers Gus and Oliver

Upper floor

Upper floor

Fireplace

Stairs up

Pergola

Bath goes upstairs

Kitchen in boxes

Finally

Finally

Finally! It was worth the effort!

More photos here…
http://www.houzz.com/projects/259783/Charleswood-Home

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Since my last update we now have a basement and are starting to get a feeling of the size. The big basement windows are great, I am glad we added a couple (from the original drawing).
There was a worry that the house or the rooms were too small. But I am glad the house is not bigger. I see so many homes that have unused space, empty rooms or rooms filled with furniture that no one uses.

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This tree was almost removed by mistake. I am so glad it is still standing. I would like to know what kind of tree this is? Perhaps it will become clear once the fruit gets a bit bigger…It kind of looks like pears, but I don’t think pears grow here. However looking at this site, it sure does look like pears.

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Everyday there is something happening. It may be progress or it may be a slow down. Today the cement trucks broke down apparently. But we have a start. There will be a house there.

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