O Tannenbaum

This morning was for pointing out where I wanted our complimentary pine trees planted. We figured we would use them as a screen to the neighbour’s basketball court by the dog door corner. That way we would also get more privacy for the rear patio by closing up the only gap in the greenery around the back yard.

The six we were expecting had turned into ten, as by magic.

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This is one way to make ten (eleven, since they also planted the oak tree) holes appear without the breaking of backs and gnashing of teeth.
Very cool drill.
I took these photos through the window while standing on the toilet in the master bathroom.

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Placing the trees in their holes. Four pines get to live where I had planned that the Oak tree should go.
The oak had been planted offset from the front door and office window just before I arrived. It looked nice so this was way to still get something along that west side of the front yard.

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Rinse and repeat in the spot where we were originally hoping to plant pines.

There is one more hole further left, so six in total back here.

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Tilling after the trees were put in place, to loosen the dirt form all the heavy trucks that have passed through to the back during construction.

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These photos were taken through one of the master bedroom windows.

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Heigh-Ho, Heigh-Ho, heading to the front yard for a break.

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The rock hound came next, raking the top layer finer and picking up everything bigger than a fist.

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Then more oldschool manpower. Lots of raking to smoothen everything out even more before the grass seed was spread.

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The birch tree by the garage looks stressed, I hope it makes it.

The front was seeded and done by the time I left. They had a truck with straw and a blower up on the road just waiting for its turn. I believe they were also going to put mulch down before calling it all done.


I watched most of the planting from inside the house. Not nearly as cold and windy in there.

The cabinet maker had delivered the laundry room cabinetry and the office bookcase.
Drew, our trim carpenter, was at work finishing off the fiddly bits to make it fit in just so.
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The bookcase looks nice, but at less than half the size of the one we have in our current office, it feels small.
It is scooted in a little awkwardly, showing a gap at the top, not sure who thought that would be a great idea.

I suppose we will put the current favourite books in this bookcase, and the rest in a secondary wall of books in the basement.

We’ve got board game storage though!

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Different view of the great room with staged furniture.

A light fabric couch is NOT in our future, we will stick with leather thankyouverymuch. >.<


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I watched as the induction cooktop was put into place by Mike-the-Builder and one more man. It was a tight fit, but it slid down to sit flush in its spot.

Also another close up of the handmade backsplash, without mint green and without drywall craters.


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Master bathroom mirrors were going to get hung today. I guess these are the last ‘before’ photos.IMG_2924

Rubber duckie ledge in the master shower.


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Not our bed, but the shield on the wall is way cool.

It and the bar stools can stay =D


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The exterior painters were busy painting the white trim, and the shutters have their final colour now.
Next time, the house will be surrounded by a field of straw!

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