The Naked Crepe Re-Design – Phase One

Five years ago, Nicole and Tom, came up with an awesome concept – to prepare and serve healthy, affordable, delicious crepes.  Their bistro, called The Naked Crepe, was such a success from the moment they opened their doors, they’ve barely had time to catch their breath. With their start-up budget quickly eaten up by necessities like equipment and electrical wiring, most of the restaurant was built hands-on, by Nicole, Tom and friends and family.  After five years of being filled to capacity most days, the restaurant was looking rather worn. Since the day The Naked Crepe opened, I’ve been imagining how I would decorate…

An Ad in The Grapevine

It’s been many years since I’ve paid for advertising in print form.  Back in my dog training days in Toronto, I used to advertise in doggie print media.  But once the internet came along, I didn’t see much need for it. Now I do.  I’m not sure if it’s just me having my own personal reality shift or whether people really are reaching out for little snippets of “doing things the old way”.   I love reading The Grapevine and see it as a shining example of how 1, then 2, then 3, then 5, then 10 people can create a…

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We’ve seen big action this week.  Most of what we squeaked about has been attended to or is making good progress.  We’ll be doing a walk through with Matthew, our Project Manager on Monday and we’re waiting on Nova Scotia Power’s final OK and then our Occupancy Permit to follow immediately after. Two weeks?  Maybe… It’s been rainy all day, so when we stopped in, we saw that most of the exterior lights were collecting water and water was dripping into some of the unseal service openings.  Earlier this month, it drove me crazy that the wood to make the…

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Squeak!  Squeak!  They say the squeaky mouse gets the cheese, so we squeaked (squawked really).  We finally have water and power.  Waiting for a final inspection from NS Power and then our Occupancy Permit.  Hoping to be in before family arrives on the 13th.  If not, we’ll have little elves to help with the unpacking. 🙂 Work is progressing inside and out.  We’ve both agreed that we don’t want to see the house now until it’s complete.  These are images from Matthew, our project manager. Electrician, Matt has installed the exterior lights on the road side of our house. This…

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I’ve always had a healthy respect for trades people – the folks who create something from nothing, find solutions, and make things work.  I’ve also prided myself on what I thought was a healthy sense of empathy towards home owners who are relying on trades people to renovate and/or build their homes. I’ve listened to home owners’ tales of frustration and worry and I truly believed that I understood.  Really, I think I got about a 10% appreciation of what it’s like to have to rely on others to make your home habitable. To the woman who described to me…

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Matthew Wood, our Project Manager from Kent Homes is a real trooper.  He threw out his back just as he arrived on site for our house crane lift.  He managed to smile brightly for this photo, then spent the next week flat on his back while he kept this (and I suspect, other) projects running like clockwork.  Yay, Matthew! Our contractor, Jamie Henderson, and his guys, Rick and Wayne of JKHenderson Contracting have been repairing the dry wall cracks and minor siding damage that result from hauling and lifting a prefab home. They’ve also got the deck construction underway along…

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Our home is on our lot.  The crane operators and trucking crew lifted it onto it’s Postechs on Thursday and….  it’s exactly what we envisioned.  Big sigh of relief and a big sigh of satisfaction! With a 16 foot wide load, traffic needed to move to the shoulder all along the route from Bouctouche, New Brunswick so the house could pass by.  Here’s an excellent video of our home rolling down the highway and into Canning, courtesy of our good friend Sandra Gunther. McConchie Trucking transported our home and worked with the crane operators from Irving to safely land the…

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The weather gods frowned on us last week.  After days of sunny dry weather, the one day of down-pours on Thursday set us back a few days. The trucking crew, followed by Laura Maillett and Matthew Wood of Kent Homes, slowly made their way from Bouctouche, New Brunswick – a 3.5 hour drive lengthened 6.5 hours due to hauling a 16 foot wide x 63 foot long building in high winds and lashing rains. Highway construction narrowed the lanes down to small for the home to pass through and resulted in a detour through back roads.        …