December 18, 2011 – So… this was a great idea… however in reality while working at our jobs, coming home at night and working on the house, finding time to eat and sleep and at least occasionally communicate with neighbours and family… well, updating the blog became a very low priority… sorry about that.  So, here’s an update:

  • We hung all the drywall then Dennis and his son taped and filled it.  Hanging wasn’t such a challenge, just kind of back breaking.
  • Electrical is almost finished with the electrical inspection set for Tuesday.
  • Plumbing is finished as far as it can be for now.
  • We are painting now.  Main floor is finished (except for a few touch ups); upper floor will be done today.  Then on to the basement level.
  • The rec room is now storage since we cleaned out the storage unit a couple of weeks ago.  So, the rec room will likely be the last to be completed.
  • Kitchen cabinets are due to be delivered on Thursday (or before) – then we need to get the countertop people in to measure, etc.
  • As you can see from the picture below the outside is finished.  Deck in back is mostly done with the exception of rail and steps.  I hope to get the steps done before going back to work on Jan 3.

So… there’s the update.  It’s been fun.  Stop by to see our project if you’re in the area. Oh yeah… Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all!

Not a great photo… taken in a hurry to post here!

We are building a piece on to the house and doing some reno’s to the existing house.  We finally have the approvals and financing so things have started.  We hope to keep a “journal” of our progress here so that friends and family can keep up to date on what’s happening.

We’d be happy to hear your comments, feedback and advice… but – at least for now – please keep horror stories about other renos to a minimum!  🙂

Greg & Sandy

Before anything started

Back of the garage before things got going

Back of the house, before things got going

Aug 25 at 5:00 pm!

15 Responses

  1. Bonnie says:

    Wow! Now I can see what you’ve been doing in your “spare” time! This will look amazing. Are you going to attach to your garage as well?

    • Sandy says:

      No, the garage is long gone… it was sliced up, put on a trailer and carted off to Blandford where the man intends to put it back together.

  2. Patricia McCallum says:

    Wow! I had no idea – i was thinking maybe a little kitchen reno or something like that! I liked that little ‘sun room’ part of the kitchen though – will that be gone? This will be amazing! How many more rooms or how does it increase current rooms?

    • Sandy says:

      Yes, sadly the sunroom is gone. However in keeping with the cheerfulness and full light of that room, we have a large number of large windows so hopefully that will make up for it.
      The project gives us a rec room and laundry room in the basement, a new kitchen and entry on the main floor and a full master suite on the top floor. The current kitchen becomes a dining room! Woohoo!

  3. Neil says:

    Sandy, if you’re in Truro, come visit Archibald Street, we did a major add-on on 1978 or thereabout. Family room, master bedroom, addition bathrooms – it made all the difference. Good luck wioth the project. some inconvenience and short term pain but long-term gain. – Neil

  4. Arlene Drysdale says:

    OMG you guys. This is going to look absolutely amazing. It’s hard to imagine it just now. Just need to get our arses over there to take a look. So tell me….is it just as stressful doing renovations even when you have someone else doing them for you?

    • Sandy says:

      Different things stress different people. I’m finding this phase fun and not at all stressful, but I find dealing with the bank very stressful. Greg is pretty much the opposite so it all works out well.

  5. Susan Porter says:

    So is that my room you are adding on?

  6. Benjamin Cruickshank says:

    Holy Cow! That’s pretty awesome my friends. So cool to see it start to take shape. Keep me included in the updates, please!

  7. Tomme Maile says:


  8. Sue says:

    Unfortunately, now that I know of this site, I will be expecting daily pic updates…
    🙂 Sue

  9. norma billard says:

    Wow two stories. Almost a new house. I am anxious to see the finished product.
    Take care planning on seeing you in Sept. I hope!!!!!!

  10. Diane says:

    Need some updated pictures!

  11. Arlene says:

    We can’t wait to see this. It looked great when it was still just 2x4s and floors!! No doubt it will be striking. The fact that we can bump into you guys 1 week away from Xmas, in the middle of major renos and you STILL have smiles on your face really says something. Job well done…in every way.

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