But first things first, when we arrived at the house we noticed GARAGE DOORS!

downspout drain by garage

No idea why the big one has windows and the small one doesn’t, maybe we’ll find out.

garage doors

I do like them both, fake hinges and all, but maybe not together


Other obvious NEW things were pallets of, well, stuff in the front of the garage.fascia

This is mainly soffit boards, for the roof overhangs.
shake siding

The shake siding has been delivered. We tried peeking into the boxes without being obvious about it, but they were wrapped pretty tightly and even the one that seems to be half open really isn’t.

roof line and pillarsA third pallet with exterior trim / fascia boards and more mysterious boxes underneath. A google search later and we’re pretty sure its the siding, “cedar” being the grain pattern I assume. I thought that pile would be much bigger.

We met the insulation inspector at the house when we stopped by in Wednesday, July 29th so logically we knew that drywall was going to happen. It’s still very cool to see the framing actually turning into real walls.

garage inside

Here is the inside of the garage all drywalled. The light coming in from two directions thanks to the windows in that big door is very nice. It’s still a little strange to have two different looking doors.

front door

Front door and forced posing. The drywall looks nice around the arched transoms!

The next few photos are all taken from the great room:

sitting room

Looking past the entry at the formal dining room and basement stairs. Office to the right.

great room to kitchen 2

Same camera location as the photo above, but looking left, towards the kitchen.

great room

90 degrees further left, great room. Master bedroom wall to the left.

great room to office

And finally the office. Entry to the left, entrance to the master suite to the right of center, and master bedroom wall along the right edge.

master bedroom

Master bedroom as seen form the master bath door. Only the tray ceiling has been drywalled in here as of yet. However, both  master closets, conveniently  located behind the photographer, are done.

master bedroom view

Looking out one of the west windows in the master bedroom. We sit quite a bit higher than the neighbours.

backyard view from master

And the view of the back yard, through the north facing windows.

media closet snake nest

Right outside the door leading to and from the master suite is this closet. This is where the house’s spinal cord has taken up residence in anticipation of the cerebral cortex house automation system moving in.

Optical illusion time:

fridge wall

This is the fridge and freezer wall in the kitchen, door opening to the left leads to the basement stairs and garage entry. The ceiling in here is a normal vaulted ceiling, but the angled walls make the ceiling line look steeple shaped. Pretty funky.

kitchen to great room

Standing in the kitchen looking at the great room.


Looking into the kitchen from the door opening by the basement stairs.

kitchen ceiling

The kitchen ceiling, can light holes, speaker wires and pendant light drops at the ridge.

inspection sheet2

Inspection sheet on the sliding door to the deck. We want more green sticky notes! =D

Heading downstairs to the rec room.

rec room basement

Drywall is stacked but not hung. There has been a lot of other kind of progress though!

heating ducts basement





ERV, or energy recovery ventilator. Since we hopefully are building a very well insulated and airtight house, its job is to use the energy contained in the exhausted air to precondition the incoming outdoor ventilation air. It doesn’t really lower energy bills per se, but it lets us scale down the HVAC equipment, so essentially it is, in a roundabout way. Also it improves indoor air quality.

A whole house humidifier will soon join the ERV and furnace in this area of the house. Then comes the water treatment stuff, probably in the area under the master bath, accompanied by a reverse osmosis system, water softener, tankless water heater and something we don’t actually need: a sump pump.
The natural drain is more than adequate, and as a bonus gravity doesn’t care about outages, but so many people are used to sump pumps that if there isn’t one in place, they question the builder. Or seller. So for resale more than for necessity, we’ll have one.



! No Touch

Power distribution time, electrical panel goes here.

AC heat pump

Heading outside again, here is the furnace’s AC buddy. Eric would say it’s the better half.

well marker

The well drilling company has been out and put a little stake in the ground where they want to drill the well.It’s on the master bath corner of the house.

down spout drain

Speaking of corners, downspouts can’t be too far away, with the fascia boards and trim being on site. Here are two of many drainage tiles located along the perimeter of the foundation where we have valleys in the roof line. Rain water be gone.

rear elevation

Standing in the backyard gives a very different sense of scale. It’s a big house.

front yard

One last photo before we left. There seems to be one new pile of dirt every time we stop by. Also we have weeds >_<


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