Saturday, April 30, 2011


This week all progress on the renovation came to a complete hault while David was held up in full out war with a not-so-friendly neighbourhood squirrel.

When we had the electrical service moved on the outside of the house, we ended up with a large hole in the roof soffit. We had attempted to patch it temporarily with chicken wire to keep the squirrels out until we could rebuild the soffit in the summer. Apparently we did not patch it well enough because on Tuesday we started to hear the familiar scratching sounds of squirrels running around in the soffit (this is not our first run in with squirrels in the soffit...)

By Wednesday David had had enough. So he proceeded to scare out the squirrels by banging on the soffit with a rake and then reinforced the chicken wire to lock them out.

Unfortunately one of the squirrels did not take too kindly to being evicted from his new home and decided to delcare war. For the last four days we have been unable leave the back door without being charged by a screaching squirrel. The now nicknamed Killer Squirrel has even attempted to charge us inside the house when we tried to open one of the upstairs windows.

Words of advice: don't ever piss off a squirrel.

Dave has spent almost every waking hour this past week trying to scare away or trap Killer Squirrel.

Well... it turns out Killer Squirrel is actually a mommy squirrel and there were three baby squirrels trapped inside our soffit. No wonder Killer Squirrel was so mad at us.

We have opened up the chicken wire and are hoping that Killer Squirrel decides to move her family out.

In the meantime, we are just going to have to learn to live with our new house guests...


PS If anyone has any (humane) suggestions for getting rid of unwanted house guests...

Friday, April 29, 2011

Kitchen (Way) Before

What the kitchen may have looked like when the house was built in 1912.


Tuesday, April 26, 2011

And the Winner is...


I am quite impressed that we didn't get to the end only to find out we messed up the pattern along the way!


Thursday, April 21, 2011

Entry Tile

We have been playing around with options for the tile in the front entry. Since the tiles are 8" x 16" pattern options are pretty limited but this is what we have come up with so far.


Angled Herringbone


Modified Basketweave

Cast your vote! Let us know your preference in the comment box below!


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Progress - Day 185

It has been a big week. We have officially crossed the six month line but we also moved back home!

Most of our efforts were devoted to getting the bathroom operational. It is still missing a mirror and storage but at least we can shower!

It took us almost two full days to install the new tub faucet and shower enclosure but the end result was worth the pain!


Monday, April 18, 2011

Home Sweet Home

We finally moved back home this weekend - only two months later than we originally thought.

The main floor is still a construction zone, there is still no mirror or storage in the bathroom, there is an inch of dust on anything that doesn't move and it is hard to remember where everything is kept in the kitchen after six months away - but it feels good to be home!


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Progress - Day 175

We were pretty sure we would be moving home tonight but to no avail...

We had a reasonable "to-do" list in order to have the house move in ready - seal bathroom tile, caulk bathroom, paint bathroom trim, paint doors, install tub, sink and toilet - but everything took a lot longer than we thought.

Saturday it took the majority of the day to seal the tile, caulk the bathroom, paint the bathroom pipe and move the tub upstairs.

Sunday we were still optimistic, Dave even packed up all of our clothing. But after Dave and dad spent six hours fighting to install the bathtub drain, faucet and shower enclosure, we had to admit defeat. The shower is still not operational so we are forced to wait a few more days...

However, thanks to a helping hand from Shane and Christine, we were able to get our bedroom furniture moved in. It is surreal to see the house starting to look like a home.


Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Going to Kathmandu!

Photo by Ray Rodney

After months of dreaming, it is finally official! We have tickets in hand! We are going to Nepal!

We will fly to Delhi via Beijing before flying on to Kathmandu. On the way back we are planning to spend a couple days in Delhi and the possibly the Andaman Islands

Let the count down begin!


Monday, April 4, 2011

Bedroom Lighting

After a long search we thought we had finally decided on a ceiling fan for the master bedroom... the Highpointe fan from Emerson Electric.

That was until we found out it was going to cost $510!

We are more than willing to splurge on lighting but for some reason we just could not justify spending that much money on a ceiling fan. It was still just a ceiling fan after all... and we were not convinced it would actually provide the proper level of light for our room.

So back to the drawing board (or the lighting store) we went and after several days of searching we eventually settled on a simple white linen drum fixture from Maxilite - a Canadian company to boot!

Now I only have pick a light for the dinning room but thankfully that one can wait since I am sick of lighting stores for the time being. Shopping for lighting is a pain in the neck - literally!

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