General interest

Final steps…

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!!

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Locked up…

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!

 

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I’ve been framed…

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!

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Fishing 2016

A short video of my annual fishing trip out of Tahsis, up toward the Brooks Peninsula.  For highest quality, click the cog at the bottom right and select 1080HD. Enjoy!

 

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Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night…

Wherever you are in this world, Josée and I wish you a safe, fun and enjoyable Christmas season.  For our friends in South East Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Korea, Canada, Tanzania, Holland and beyond, we miss you and we’re thinking of you!  Keep in touch, stay safe and enjoy your friends and family.  Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and all the best for 2016.

Click below for a little newsletter of our 2015.

Christmas 2015 p.compressed

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Westward Ho…

I just returned from my annual fishing trip to the West Coast all stocked up with salmon, halibut, rockers and cod.  Thanks to my friend Captain Bud for taking me and my friends. Enjoy my video!

(PS..when you go to youtube and start the video, make sure you click the settings button in the bottom right (looks like a cog) and set your video to 1080 HD in order to get the good quality)

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Interviews…

So part of my time thus far has been spent collecting names of reputable contractors, builders and service providers.  Thus far, we’ve met with three builders, two interior designers, an alternate energy dude and an HVAC company.  Tom and I visited the CVRD to discuss plans, zoning and environmental concerns.  I’ve discussed grey water systems and had a fairly positive review of alternate septic options with VIHA/Island Health.  Thus far, I have to say that most people I’ve (we’ve) dealt with have been great and it is making the decision making process difficult.  I’m sure we’ll have dozens of meetings over the coming weeks and months but I think putting the time in to assemble a tight team is worth it.

Does anyone recommend local trades, suppliers, service providers and the like?  Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!  Onward we roll…

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Shred the red…

A couple months ago, Josée and I joined a few friends for a quick jaunt to Sedona, a town in Northern Arizona.  We were going mountain biking in the famously beautiful red rock desert – hence, shred the red.  It was an amazing trip, full of great trails and lots of fun with our friends.  We will definitely go back.  The video below is a compilation of a bunch of my videos from various trails.  If you’re a biker, you might watch the whole video – if you’re not, feel free to skip through it!  Enjoy!

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Summer evenin’ stroll…

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Tofino 2015

My recent trip to Tofino – great times, great friends!  Enjoy!

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