20 December 2008


It was -10 and very snowy after the storm yesterday, but everyone was out working today to get the rest of the roof decking and framing up.

a view from the study pop-up looking towards the street over the roof of the master bedroom

a panorama from the street to the ravine looking at the master bedroom and study

and the view from the roof of the kitchen looking down into the ravine

19 December 2008


Today has turned into a snow day, which gives me time to catch up on last week's post. I finally made it out for the last ICF concrete pour, which involved the walls around the master bedroom and the east wall of the pop-up study.

The concrete was of course CBM:

The pump truck arrived and unfurled.

The concrete being pumped into the top of the wall.

and a couple of the guys vibrating the concrete inside the forms.

way up high.

07 December 2008

and now....

...the roof is on the living room and the kitchen, and the last lift of ICF is almost all there. The study floor is up and there's a little view of the lake from way up there.

A view from the living room, through the kitchen towards the master bedroom (up the ladder)

Dad checking out the view from the living room window (which should be arriving in a couple of weeks).

Now that the foundations have been backfilled I could take a step back and get a full view of the back of the house. For those of you who haven't seen the plans, the living room is in the upper left with a bedroom below it, the kitchen is in the center with Mom's studio below it, and the dining room is on the right with another bedroom below it and the study above it.

Then Dad climbed into the ravine for this one.

the steel arrives

a view from the living room towards the dining room

a view from the lower level up towards the ceiling of the garage

the last view of the front of the house before it was backfilled

(the ramp is a temporary route into the house through a window, but it kind of made me wish I had designed a house with a moat and draw bridge)

the first snow...

...happened a couple of weeks ago. Construction slowed down as we waited for the steel to arrive. Here they have started putting up the ledger boards and joist hangers to support the roof and the master bedroom floor.

14 November 2008

and getting taller

I've missed a few weeks again. Last week I arrived on site and my camera battery was dead. A lot has happened in the last couple of weeks. The framing for the lower level went up and now there's a nice platform to work on. The ICF for the ground floor level was stacked and we had our second concrete pour this week.

The photo below is taken from what will eventually be the driveway. The garage on the left is partially sunken below ground level. The main entrance to the house will be from the concrete deck on the right hand side of the photo.

We can now get a feel for the views from inside the house. The photo below is taken from the kitchen. The dining room will be on the left, there will be a roof terrace in the center and the living room will be on the right.

View from the front door towards the ravine.

23 October 2008

it's solid

for many weeks the ICF was stacked
up. up. up.

it was nice and clean and white

and last week they finally poured the concrete

now it's solid....but dirty.

Tomorrow they will begin framing the interior load bearing walls and the ground floor before the ICF continues going up.

27 September 2008

ICF arrives

This week the footings were poured and all the rebar and ICF has arrived on site.A couple of courses of the ICF has been installed. They will stack up one storey before they are filled with concrete - which should be next weeks photos.

15 September 2008


Now I've caught up to today. The formwork for the footings is almost all in place, and the concrete should be poured by the end of the week. We're using a new product called Form-A-Drain to form the footings. It stays in place once the concrete is formed and becomes the weeping tile.

the big dig

and excavation began...

the site

Here's what the site looked like in the spring.

In August we had the building area cleared.

a house for my parents

I know there are a few of you out there that have been asking to see pictures of the house as it comes together, so here goes.

I'll try to post photos here every week. To begin, this is what I hope it will look like if all goes well: