Things are rolling right along at the Taphouse. Furniture ordered, HVAC started, window en route – this list is massive. It’s all coming together. Here’s a short update.
On and off over the last few weeks I rebuilt an old utility trailer. The new version carries clippers, gas and other things and can tow behind my lawn mower. It was a fun project – hope you enjoy the video!!
Today the guys and I had a quick tour of Forbidden Brewing in Courtenay. Michael and Nate treated us to a few samples followed by a tour and visit. It was great and the beer was spot on. We look forward to working with them at the Taphouse. Check out this link for a short video: https://youtu.be/MvGPO7Ykv_4
The Church St. Taphouse project is going great guns and we are still on schedule for our projected opening date. Here are two quick videos of the project thus far. Stay tuned for future updates and subscribe to my youTube channel for updates. Thanks!
I had a few bits of old concrete form left over and decided to make a cornhole board game. It is a fairly easy project. I think I will make another set but will use some good wood but this was a nice starting point. Enjoy and please like and share! Thank you.
It’s been a hectic year but I’m back.
We recently visited the beautiful island of Curaçao for a bit of a disconnect. It was a fabulous place to flop and you can read more about our trip in a post I’ll have done shortly. One thing we noticed, as in Puerto Rico, was the abundance of stray dogs. At first glance, these did not appear as neglected and abused as in Puerto Rico which was a terrible place for dogs; there is hope however.
A day or two after we arrived, we notice a tiny dog slinking around our place. She was gun-shy and skinny but had a bright eye and wanted to play. Two other women at the place noticed her as well. Little did I know that Josée was talking to both of them as well as a local animal rescue and shelter, CARF Curaçao. A little later in our holiday, I bumped into one of the ladies, from Croatia, who exclaimed “Oh you’re the Canadian who is rescuing this dog!!” Scheming Josée had worked some magic behind the scenes, setting the wheels in motion for the grand affair.
I’ll have a movie up soon with the whole story but basically within another couple days, we captured the dog, took her to the shelter, had all her medical requirements met and arranged the paperwork to get her on the plane to her new home in Canada. Westjet was great and waived all the transport fees so on our last day, we collected the dog at the airport, watched as she was loaded on board and then eventually welcomed her to our home in Comox. We named her Haven – as in ‘safe haven’. Hopefully she will have a long, fun, safe life with us on the farm.
This is the penultimate house update as we are literally a couple weeks from move in date. Over the last month, the beams were installed and kitchen cabinets mounted. In the mechanical room, we had the various tanks, boilers, wires and panels connected while outside the heat pump was delivered. I spent the last week helping the guys move the material for the sidewalks and patio so we have that mostly set up, ready to pour. Craig, Big Al and I moved some rocks, small and big, into various positions to form up the entry stairs and a short retaining wall. Overall, things are going nicely. The next update should be after the house is finished!!
It’s been a turbulent last six weeks and Christmas was a pretty sad time but life marches on and, despite our situation, the house construction progressed. Inside, electrical and plumbing was finished, boards hung followed by mud and tape and painting started. Outside soffit and siding was completed along with some work on well connection and perimeter drains. We also saw the cedar siding on the tall sections nearly finished which helped to blend the house into the landscape a little. The main things left to do, other than landscaping, include door installation, painting, trim and sills, install kitchen cabinets and bathroom vanities then finish electrical and plumbing. We’re nearly there.
I’m a bit late with this update but we’re well past lock-up now, with insulation and boarding on the sched for the next couple weeks. It has been really fun to see the windows and doors go in; the plumbing and electrical complete except for finishing; siding basically finished and trim well underway. The front of the great room and the kitchen garden have yet to be sided but that will be done soon. Tom, Ron and Chelsea have done amazing work and Craig and Al have kept everything moving forward; they’ve all been a great team. So far, I think everything is on track for our move-in early next year. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone!
My last update was when we had just finished pouring the concrete slab. Since then carpenters Tom, Ron and Chelsea have done a great job getting the house framed, walls up, trusses on and ready for the roof. Our schedule is to roughly be at lock-up by early November. Now at least the house has a shape and form. It is interesting to walk through the house, checking out the different rooms. The size and scale of the house changes with each new bit of construction – sometimes feeling way too big, other times just right!