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A snow day here in the Valley and an opportunity to briefly document the past six weeks that have taken us from moving in, to finishing touches, to holiday entertaining, to fixing glitches, and onward to settling in with big satisfied grins. As it turned out, we had five days between the issue of our…

Building Small on North Avenue.Open House Tour

​ We are excited to announce that our Building Small on North Avenue project has reached the move-in stage! And just before we do that, we would like to offer an opportunity to everyone who has played a part in the process and/or expressed enthusiasm, to come for a little tour. 2277 North Avenue, Canning…

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Spice is nice and it’s the colour of our new front door. Looking through the front door, you can see the hall closet and the window beyond. This is our black metal roof, nearly complete.  The house on the right is our neighbour on the production line.This is our kitchen.  These two windows will be…

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Computer’s been off line for two days while we moved into our interim residence.  Rental lease is finished and new home is about 7 weeks away.  Good and kind friends have offered up their lovely home, perched high on a hill.  So as the wind rips and howls around the windows on this rainy stormy…

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Our lighting orders have been placed and here is our selection of fixtures and our lighting plan for our little home at the edge of the orchard.  If you’d like to look more closely at this plan, click on it for the larger version.My main objective for this lighting project was to strike a balance…

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Site preparation is underway!  Our lot has been cleared, culvert installed, driveway created.  Shane MacLean, owner of ASR Excavating and Landscaping had it all done in less than 1.5 days.   Here’s the ground crew: Jamie, Dawson, Scott, Shane (on the phone) and Jeff from Kent Homes.  Jamie and Scott are our Postech guys who’ll be…

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While we’re waiting on the permit application process, here’s a little peek at material finishes  that are going into our new home.  Starting at the bottom, here are the floors.  This is a vinyl wood plank product that looks very much like wood but is water proof and not at all expensive. According to our…

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Here’s something everyone should know about building an “outside the box”  home that is smaller than the average 1250 square feet per person and environmentally friendly – a home that damages the land as little as possible.  Once you’ve found a builder that sees the vision and has the skills to make it a reality……

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So far, the folks at Kent Homes have been exceeding our expectations.  They’re in touch with us daily, as they report progress on working out design details and sourcing items for our home.  For example, today, Laura reported that the push-to-open hinges we liked for our cabinetry are very pricey (about $3,500 in total).  Yikes!…

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Our nearly finalized plan with Kent Homes is here! Just a couple of minor tweeks and we’ll be able to sign off and get scheduled. This image is very small, so if you’re like me and enjoy walking yourself through floor plans, click on this link for the larger sized PDF Plan Perhaps you’d enjoy…

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Nearly everything in our new house will do double duty.  For instance, our dining table will have clever design features so we can place it against the wall, parallel to the refrigerator and at counter height for additional kitchen workspace. With a drop cloth over it, it will make a fine painting studio work table…