The basement continued: The quest for more headroom

Things are moving along in the basement. We decided to use a bench-footing technique to gain more headroom. For those of you unfamiliar with the term, “bench-footing” is similar to “underpinning” which are both basically just fancy pants construction words for the process of lowering the basement floor.

Switching focus: Planning the basement

In our last post I mentioned that we’ve been biding our time until the windows arrive. As you know, up until now, we’ve primarily been focusing our construction efforts on the main living space of the house. But now that we’ve got a little time to burn, we’re switching our focus to the basement.

Exterior casement windows by Magic Window Innovations

Window waiting woes…

You might have noticed things on the construction front have come to a bit of a standstill lately. Well they haven’t entirely – we’ve merely switched our focus from the main area of the house to another. More on that in a bit – but first here are a few of the lessons we’ve learned […]

Framining well underway!

It’s another Framing Friday! [Video]

Happy Framing Friday!! Today we’re FINALLY posting the video of the walk through we took last week when we arrived home from vacation to find the framing crew hard at work.  We know we kept you waiting a little longer than we’d hoped, but thanks for being patient with us.

Foundation waterproofing

The Race Against the Elements!

You may have noticed that we’ve been a little quiet on the house front for the last couple of weeks.  Well, you’re right. We have, and the main reason: WINTER. Now on a normal year, we aren’t winter’s biggest fans, but this year we’re especially bitter as the sudden influx of full blown arctic weather […]