Sunday, December 26, 2010
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
|Sunrise at 8:50am.|
|Sun at noon- right over the refinery.|
|90 bags of insulation. Anyone wanna' help install?|
|Green stickers make me happy. Mostly.|
It was a cold morning at a -20C. When I got there, I decided to keep warm by shovelling all the snow off the loft level. My toes almost fell off from the cold. Thank goodness Dan, the framing inspector showed up around 10am. We received a lovely "acceptable" sticker with a few issues. One might be a problem. Apparently our bedroom windows on the main floor don't open to provide a 15" wide clearance because the pivot for the casement is a couple inches offset into the frame. Doh! So, hopefully, we'll find a solution with Duxton. The other issues were known and the framer will be fixing them after the holiday break.
After just as the inspector was wrapping up, our big shipment of roxul mineral wool insulation arrived! Yay! All 90 bags of them! This will only be the first layer of the outer walls of all the floors above ground. After trying to "hand-bomb" a three-bag bundle into the house, I was afraid I would be too exhausted to move after doing it 29 more times. But I was much warmer due to all the exertion. Thank goodness Matt arrived just as I struggled with a couple more bundles! So, now to get the rest of the snow out of the house and out of all the stud spaces and start insulating! Any volunteers?
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
|Our main panel. Wanting to be powered up.|
Our electrical service was installed. But now, due to some misunderstandings and permit issues, we can't get hooked up. I was hoping it was straightforward, when I picked up the permit last week from the Inspections Group. I even had it all scheduled today for the inspector to come by. But he calls to say why is the permit for an underground service? And then why was it issued to someone who isn't a master electrician? I didn't realize you needed a master electrician to "pull the permit" for any service over 100 amps. All I wanted was a simple electrical service at 150 amps so I can have some power for continuing work! Nope. Not only do I need a master electrician to pull the permit, I also need Epcor Power to provide a letter to the permit people stating that 150 amps is available to me! So, I call Epcor. And then I get transfered to "Metering" then transfered again to customer engineering. Only then to get the guy who is away until Jan. 14. I phone and listen more closely, to get the number of his covering person. I call them- and it's 12:15pm- and go directly to "I'm away from my desk..." Lunch time. Sheesh. So, I call the "Inspections Group" to see what they know. So they tell me they made a mistake issuing the permit. And I need a master electrician. And even if I want a 100 amp temporary service, I have to pay a termporary service fee of $177 and change, not to mention pay Epcor to connect the "temporary" service. And that could be hundreds more. Wow. So, I'll stop ranting now.
I was thinking 150 amps would be reasonable, as we are using electric baseboard heating. We are also going to have an induction range/oven. And an HRV. And a PV system. And a basement suite. And power to a future bike garage/workshop. So, better be safe than sorry with 150 amps, right? Sigh.
So, hopefully in 2 weeks, Epcor will send out a crew to check if a 150 amps will be do-able with the existing pole-mounted transformer and capacity for our neighbourhood.
I only wished they would have told me to get this sorted a few weeks ago- or at my building permit stage.
This is where the service comes into the house.
|I need a power meter!|
|Service reaching up to the overhead power line.|
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
|Bridge to roof deck!|
|Loft windows for view to the west.|
More progress today! The roof framing is complete! Well, except for the supports for the Photovoltaic system. And they installed a few more windows on the upper floor and most on the loft! I forgot to update the drawings to account for a smaller window on the east and west elevations, so they were not able to put in a few of them. Darn it, 'cause it's suppose to snow tonight another 10 cm!
Friday, December 10, 2010
|Lots of dimensions on the drawings!|
|Large stringer taking shape.|
|Steel waiting to be transformed!|
And Serena was able to get up to the loft floor today- her first time up there. Now, if we can get those stingers installed, she might have more opportunity in the future [provided we get a door knob on the back door!]
|Wrap around roof deck.|
|West side of roof deck.|
|Loft level~ lots of windows!|
Thursday, December 9, 2010
|Looks like its the right shape!|
|Who's that on the roof?|
|What's different in the rendering?|
|View of the loft space- looking west.|
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
|Loft, Open To Below. Dressed For the Weather. Brrr.|
Much of the work this week has been on the third floor loft, but basement windows are now in place as are most of the stairwell windows.
|Third Floor Balcony, South Exposure|
I'm very excited ;-)
So far, Adar and I have seen the usual suspects: jack rabbits, Canada geese, mallard ducks, beaver, and muskrats. It will be so awesome living this close to the river valley and getting to know it even better!
|Top of Stairwell Windows|
|Loft, aka Homeschooling Space. Already Messy!|
|From the Back Alley|
Sunday, December 5, 2010
|This is what you will look like! Except cooler.|
|Our front door!|
|Putting in the back door!|
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
|Peaking Into My Own Home|
Sorry for not putting in such details as window specs, I usually defer that to Shafraaz; my posts are usually more general updates or reflections.
But I figured other people may wish to know as well, so I'm copying Shafraaz's response to the last comment as a proper post. This also makes it easier to search for later.
"We have triple paned, argon filled, fibreglass framed windows from Duxton. All of the south side have high solar heat gain coatings and the east, west and north have TiAC40 coatings for better insulating value. We also put in operable lites to encourage cross ventilation through the rooms."
Hope that helps.
Keep the questions coming!