Wednesday, August 22, 2012

A little update on the homefront

Ten days ago, comment writer Lew related his renovation experience, saying,
"I was seriously considering a special alteration to the original plans that would effectively conceal the body of a certain municipal building inspector..."
Are there any missing inspectors? I presume Lew was kidding. You were Lew, weren't you?

So far at least, had I made that "special alteration", I'd have nobody to place therein. Last week the gas and plumbing rough-ins of our future kitchen were approved and today the electrical inspector walked away happy. Nearly all of the exposed structural parts are in fine shape and, instead of opening walls and floors, we can start closing. Adequate planning and excellent tradespeople are the keys. We have a slight advantage on the latter because we raised our own plumber / gas fitter and he's a son generous with time and attention.

The good weather better hold though because the not-too-old 80% efficient furnace has been ripped out to make way for one that rates at 97%. It seems that is some weeks away. The old hot water tank is gone, replaced with an on-demand system. We removed a wood burning fireplace and we're upgrading the windows and insulation. The aim is to give this old house a smaller footprint on the environment and make it a more affordable and comfortable home that will last us another four decades.
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The toughest part has been living without a kitchen. Restaurants and take-out joints quickly lost appeal when we began to rely on them to feed our family's three generation assemblage.

Northern Insights will remain relatively inactive for a while yet. While the kitchen and family room renovation is proceeding well, the next stage is a second floor addition. That will provide sleeping and play space for three little ones who've come with Mom to live with us.

That provides challenges but, as an old friend said to us last weekend, it will provide opportunity for connections with grandchildren that go well beyond birthday parties and Christmas.



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4 comments:

  1. Wow Norman, most people who want such an order sell their house and find one more suitable. I now can put you into the category of insane, preferring to make these huge changes.
    I know it is popular to complain about those pesky inspectors but we all need to remember why we have them. Roving bands of snake oil salesmen that tell us what we really want to hear also ruined our lives.

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  2. re "connections with grand children":
    it's a second chance to do an even better job.

    Sounds like all the pesky inspectors now work in the Okanagan.

    Restaurants? it's BBQ season!

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  3. good to read the renos are going well & you hvne't run away from home or set up a tent in the back yard as your new home.

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  4. Glad to hear your renos are going well, Norm. No missing inspectors in our area; he wouldn't approve the plans for my special alteration for some reason, and I didn't want to do anything illegal...:-)

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