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More bits and pieces

We had the pump and piping which will take water from the cistern to the house put in this week. As extra security in winter, the pipe has a heat line inside that will keep it from freezing. The one obvious mistake we’ve made so far with how the place looks is probably the very dark Ikea ‘Pax’ wardrobes we bought for the walk-in closet, and which I’ve been putting together this weekend. We didn’t really want this colour originally but we couldn’t get the colour of wardrobe frames that we wanted and we’re fed up of travelling all the way to Ottawa to get stuff. It’s not that important and we’ll get used to it. In good news, our Tatami mats and Shoji screen doors arrived this week from Lilin Tatami in Vancouver. They will have to wait though, as getting the kitchen and bathroom finished are priorities right now – and these are getting there – along with the eavestroughs (gutters) and porch roofing, which was supposed to be done this week, but didn’t happen…

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Tiling and trim

While more exciting stuff should be happening later this week, with porch roofing and eavestroughs (gutters) and pump installation and final plumbing work, which will mean that the house becomes much more usable, for today it was more of the same, in other words mainly finishing, tiling and trim. One thing that was slightly amusing was that the paint we chose for the bathroom wall, a colour called ‘Laurentian’, from Ontario eco-paint company, Homestead House, turned out to be very similar to the colour of the drywall underneath it. The door to the bathroom will be the same colour.

Ever closer to completion

Today the crew inched ever closer to finishing in many areas. The kitchen tiling is just about done and the kitchen cabinets will be next. The flooring is complete, and the window trim is too. Things we had got used to seeing since the whole CLT structure was put together and the windows were first installed back in December last year – particularly the raw CLT ceiling / floor ends in the stairwell, and the air-sealing membranes and tape around the windows – are finally invisible. The last stage of this will be the interior doors, which should arrive sometime in the next two weeks (we had to get them made to a custom height). Like the turquoise-tiled kitchen wall, the doors will also add splashes of colour as we will be painting them to a certain theme… but that’s to come.