Category Archives: basement

I like dirt

front grading done

Dreary last day of September, but I think it’s overcast on purpose. Look how nice the new dirt looks in the front yard against all the gray.

The last of the expected dirt has indeed arrived and been spread and final grading had just finished when I took this photo. The bulldozer was being loaded on a trailer after a job well done.


We walked into the house and saw Designer-Katie and MHC-Kate at work decorating for the open house.
Not really my style, but it doesn’t have to be.

great room

I was told to go check out the basement, so I did.

dog bath

Dog bath has been tiled in dirt colored tile!
It’s 30 by 40 with the bottom at 20″. I will paint the back wall with something that is easy to wipe off and put the grooming table to the right of the dog tub.
Add some type of cheapo plastic shower curtain/bio hazmat solution to contain the hair when blow drying.

We’ll see.

dog bath 2

Closeup. The sprayer is ordered and will make an appearance very soon.

M showerSpeaking of baths, Ms shower has doors.


Heading upstairs.
Stair runner and the cool undermounted LED lights have been installed. The Runner is covered in heavy duty plastic wrap to protect it.

stair from basement


stair light strip stair rail light stairs


The fridge and freezer have moved into their permanent positions in the kitchen.

kitchen

The backsplash has been grouted, except for the 5-and-change mint green placeholder tiles above the blue water bottle.

A handful of the darker colour tiles have been ordered and will be installed and grouted and no more mint will enter this house ever again.

kitchen2

Still got the wrong light fixture over the dining area but other than that it looks pretty good.
I like the bar stools!
Dishwasher in the lower right corner.


Ending with some new photos of the master bath with sparkly new glass surround and door.master bath 2 master bath

master bath3 master shower doors

Cabinets and grout

This is supposedly the last month of the build for us. The local parade of homes being the deadline,
the first couple of weeks of October.

Then Mike-the-builder wants one week for cleaning and touch ups before we move in.
Trim, cabinets and flooring is happening right now. And the septic installers were finishing up in the back yard.

But first:

lockers
Lockers! The first thing you see stepping into the house through the garage entry door.

Looks awesome!

Next up was the kitchen.

kitchen

We have cabinets! And they are wonderful. Raised dishwasher in the tower on the left hand side. Then sink and cooktop.

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Our cabinet makers were taking a lunch break in the office, but cracked a couple of smiles when they came
back to see us excitedly checking everything out.
I can verify that the soft close drawers work. All of them *grin*.

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Plywood cabinet boxes waiting their turn to find their place.
fridge spot

Monster fridge parking spot, and the ovens will go to the right.

We will place the templates on the granite slabs next week, and the countertops will be installed next Thursday.

Boys bedroom

Next stop was the boys’ bathroom, to see if there were cabinets there too.

boys bath

That is also a Yes! They are gorgeous irl, the photos don’t do the stain justice. It is tough to capture with just natural
light from the bedroom windows and a camera phone.

boys bath grout

Also, the floor is grouted!


On to the master bathroom!

master bath

This stain on these vanities is also gorgeous!

master bath vanity

There is one vanity on each side of the door opening visible here. This one is MINE. And I love it.
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This one is not.

Eric walked in, took a long look and remarked that it is a lot of space to store his deodorant and toothbrush.


The floor in here has also been grouted.
The shower on the other hand has not been tiled yet.
The tile setters noticed imperfections in the wall tile’s color, black specks where there should be none. There was questions whether we could get replacement tile of the same kind delivered in time to hit the deadline so we will go with a different dimension tile, 4×12, in the same soft white colour as previously decided for the shower walls.

It will be fine. =)


office 2 office

The trim carpenters have been busy with baseboards, doors, windows and pillars, but also the board and batten in the office.

We’re still debating desk layouts in here, maybe the huge parrot cage gets to live in the great room, and we’ll hang the orbit and rope walkways by the office window and get a tree play stand or something for Pi to hang out on and keep us company when we’re cooped up in here.


This is M’s bathroom in the basement, Her 36″ vanity (it looks tiny in comparison!) also looks great and the floor has been grouted.Ms bathms bedroom

Her bedroom and walk in closet also has floor today! The baseboards and all the trim is in place as well.

stair wire

Apart from seeing the wood floor, this is the thing I am most curious about right now. It is the power for the stair hand rail light strips.


Outdoors a lot of dirt had been moved.

backyard

The backyard as seen from the rec room.

septic

Further back a crew was working on the septic mound installation.

dirt

The big front yard piles have been used to grade close to the house. I still hope there is more to come so the swale doesn’t have to be quite that pronounced.

Makes for great landscaping possibilities, but also a little scary to mow.

Lumber!

This week is for framing, so Eric drove over to the house after work to take some ‘before’ pictures.

Something is different…

Dirt and lumber June 22

The front yard has come up a good few feet! And there are some impressive stacks of lumber waiting for the framers to start doing their thing tomorrow.


container and I beams June 22

Some serious looking I-beams, load bearing lolly columns and a huge dumpster on the east side of the construction driveway.


Garage June 22

Looking into the garage, there are literally TONS of gravel filling up the area that will eventually have concrete poured as flooring for Bruce and Ema.


Basement June 22

The basement has also gotten the gravel treatment. The sliding glass door opening to the future patio area spills out gravel into the back yard. The man door for the dog room still has to be cut out on the left hand side.
This is a pretty nice view of the back yard. Got trees! =D

Basement walls

On June 9th I went to the house to meet with our realtor and pick up a copy of the contract. There was a crew there working on setting up the moulds to pour the basement.
Basement moulds


5 Days later, on the 14th it looked like this when we stopped by on the way to Grandma & Grandpa:
See driveway

Standing at the road this is how high the basement sits. The builder will bring in lots of dirt from another dig to build up the front yard and get a nice grade away from the house in this direction too. You can make out the double and single bay garage openings facing the end of the construction driveway on the right.


Oooh, basement!

Facing west

Looking into the walk out part of the basement where the rec room and M’s room will be in the bump out part.  The sliding glass door opening is visible on the right wall.
The dog mud room will be in the back portion, toward the neighbour.


Walkout facing south
It looks really big. I remember from back when we built our first house that when it was framed it looked smaller than it did when the drywall was up. Somehow I don’t think this will look small, maybe just not quite as huge.