Construction update week 42

 The final façade well underway.

The final façade well underway.

It’s been awhile since my last construction update hasn’t it? In honest, there hasn’t been a whole lot to report. Not that work hasn’t been progressing, it’s just been the same old. Siding and drywall. And of course, many-a-things happening in the background: gathering quotes, scheduling, moving money around, ordering materials, pep-talks amongst the two of us — the list goes on, and seemingly never ends...

Siding

Graham’s crew has been working OT on the siding. Making up for some major squaring issues we discovered with the shell. We’re on the final facade – the front. They’ve finished the cedar and now just have the ‘eyebrow’ detail, as we’re calling it, over the doorway and canopy to finish up next week. They also need to add the hardie to our rooftop, and the west and south sides of the house. Hopefully the siding will be finished up next week. We can take the scaffolding down. Clean up the yard and start to have a finished-looking house in the works. Cannot begin to tell you how excited I am for this. 

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ottawa-passive-house

Drywall

With the delay in starting, Mark’s bro Brian, who flew in to help with the drywall, couldn’t finish the job. But he left us in good shape to have a new crew take over. He also encountered the slow downs of having to remedy unsquare walls, but did a bang up job hanging drywall throughout the house in spite of this setback. He also managed to tape and mud all the rooms on the second floor. This upcoming week we have the new crew starting. We hope it goes quickly and will be finished up next week as well. They have to do the taping, mudding and corner beads for the remainder of the house. Minus the basement suite. Mark and I will finish that on our own time and our own dime after we’ve settled in. 

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 Mission control centre

Mission control centre

Finishing decisions

Most of the big decisions have been made by now. We’re putting together ‘moodboards’ for all our finishes. Real life samples of our tiles, woods, cabinets, paint chips, etc. It helps us qualify our decision making. This is the fun part for me. All the wall and building stuff is incredible, important, and fascinating, but I’m totally under qualified to have any input there. The purely aesthetic, surface-level finishes is more my jam. Here’s a little update on the finishing decisions. (I’ll post a pic of our sample moodboard later this week.)

  • We’re ordering all our tile from Ceragres. In the bathroom, we’re doing big white ones on the walls and small black ones on the floor. On the main floor and entries, a 24” x 24” and 12” x 24” jumbo porcelain tile combo in a darker ‘licorice’ colour. We’re decided on an installer as well. Mark was contemplating DIY’ing the tile with the help of Gary, but since he already has a million odd jobs to tackle, this was one we decided to leave to the pros.
  • We’re getting wood for the rest of the floors from the Wood Source. White ash in 5” boards that will be site-finished by Graham and his Vessel wood crew. We haven’t decided on a finish for them yet. Stain or oil. No idea. 
  • Going with Caesarstone for the island counter top. Not sure if we’re going light or dark yet, however. For the window sill come countertop in the kitchen, we’re going with a maple butcher block. Really looking forward to chopping things in that lovely window.
  • I’ve got some paint samples I’ve been playing with on the walls. Looking to find the perfect white for our house. Mark’s business partner Rebecca swears by an untinted, straight from the can, titanium/gesso white. I’m not sure if I want the house to have gallery walls or if I want a slight bit of warmth or grey to them. All signs point to titanium.

Next up

At this stage, our MVP is aimed at occupancy permit. That’s what our focus is — the minimum required for move-in. Things like the basement, doors and trim, we will finish up on our own. Once the drywall is complete, with the first coat of primer – a Benjamin Moore vapour retardant primer – we’ll get a painter in (might go by the name of Meghan or Mark), and get the floors started. The big deadline pushing things forward at the moment is our kitchen install, which is scheduled for July 10th.. We still enjoy telling people we’ll move in at the end of July. But I’m definitely not holding my breath on this one.