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The homestead begins... This is going to be a long term post. :)

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  1. Geoffrey

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    Making some progress on the roof, windows and doors arrived yesterday and hopefully they'll go in next weekend.

    Thank you all for continuing to watch this thread.
     
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    Thanks for sharing....getting dried in makes everything better....:)
     
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    Making some more progress, slowly.

    Thank you all for watching this and passing on your encouragement.

    More to come in the new year...
     
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    Thanks for the update.....glad you were able to get the doors and windows in before lots of snow hits....
    Enjoying watching your progress!!
     
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    looking good!
    nice job wrapping the openings before installing the windows.
     
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    Thank you both.

    Now on to the electrical and heating.
     
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    Congrats of getting the Tyack and windows.......Got to tell you, I was getting nervous seeing the OSB "naked" in the snow...
    Bet that a load off you mind as well.

    Nice job...and yes....A Lot Of Work....
    Keep the pic's coming.
     
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    Yeah it is a HUGE load off my mind indeed.
     
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    PS.... had a shed built with that and kinda melted down...even with paint.
     
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    Geoffrey,

    The homestead looks amazing. Looking at the pictures from the beginning to the most recent it is phenomenal to see the progress you have made! You have a nice layout, wonderful land, nice berries were growing, the garden is nice, the house coming along nicely!!! And so much more. There is a lot of land there that you will be able to take advantage of.

    Congratulations!! Looking forward to seeing more pictures, hopefully in the very near future!! Good luck in all your endeavors!!!
     
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    hunter63, the shed will be covered in the same vapour barrier and then covered with the same siding once we get it moved into its proper place.

    Thanks JosephDurham, it has been a journey indeed and we feel truly blessed to have this beautiful home and land. There is a lot of potential there and we plan to be the best stewards with what we have as we can be.
     
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    Final door went in, only two windows left to do but they need to stay out until the basement floor is poured.


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    Water well is now in, 200' down but we got 20 gallons per minute which we are happy with


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    Insulation going in

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    WOW! An incredible amount of work has been done since the last time I saw this! Looking real good, and 25 gallons per minute from your well is great. :)
     
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    Thanks :)

    Not too bad considering its only my father working full time on it and I only get to help on the weekend or holidays/vacation. Sure helps to have a workaholic father... :)
     
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    Coming right along. Looks great. Still following along here.
     
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    Looking good so far can't wait to see some more progress thanks for sharing :dblthumb:
     
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    Thank you both, this week should see the drywall started and if it warms up again we will get my basement floor poured. This winter had been very temperamental with major swings in temp and weather. The constant changing weather has made progress challenging at times. Guess that's all part of living in the frozen north of Alberta. :)
     
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    Remember that taping the drywall in winter temps causes cracks later in the year.
     
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    Thanks, I'm no carpenter but my understanding is we will be heating up and drying my house out with the furnaces before taping and mudding.

    That should help right?
     
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    Absolutely!
     
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    Some LONG overdue updates.

    We are working on the basement still, bunch of the poly and rebar down.

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    Working on the drywall too, nearly done upstairs now.

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    Got the attic all blown in now too

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    Enjoy watching your progress....Thanks for sharing....
     
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    Thanks for sharing as you progress along :)
     
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    Looking good. Watching the thread.
     
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    Thank you all for your continued interest. We hope to be in by summer, hopefully the frost doesn't melt before I can get a concrete truck in for my basement pour. That would create a major setback for us.
     
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    Drywall is all hung upstairs, now to find someone to do the hard part. The taping, mudding, and sanding. :)

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    Rebar is down, in floor heat pipes are too, need to raise the rebar then get my floor poured.

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    The weather here is crazy again this year, the frost left the ground quickly and destroyed our driveway in the process. 4 more loads of gravel were put in this week. Still not sure I can get a cement truck in though...
     
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    Looking great!
     
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    Drywall looks good. Applying the mud and tape is an interesting art. I have watched the "professionals" and they made it look easy. I tried and was able to produce a lower quality of work and only took about five times as long. It seems that I overworked every seam. No doubt, the quality of your work will be much better than mine....:dblthumb:
    A cement truck stuck in the driveway would definitely be a problem. Hopefully the extra gravel and some "spring settling" of the ground will allow you to get your basement floor poured.
    Thanks for sharing, I am enjoying watching your progress.
     
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    I can't imagine the cost on this. That's a lot of luxuries I see for what seems to be a off grid place.
     
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    Cost is relative of course to where one lives, in our area with the land and all we are building we are still coming in under what a house costs in town. Add to that the fact that 80%+ of the work is being done by my father and I... It's cost effective for us and in our area.

    I have a large family, there is my wife and I plus 4 kids with a 5th on the way. Add to that the fact I'm putting an in law suite in the basement for my folks. It's a lot of house but still not too big.

    Again it's all relative, I make a lower than average living but because most of the work is getting done by us I can get more house than if I hired it out.
     
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    @Geoffrey good for you! Why pay someone else for something you can do yourself! You're doing a great job! Keep up the good work and keep building your castle the way YOU want it built! :dblthumb:
     
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    Thank you for the encouragement, much appreciated.
     
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    good answer.
    it's your house for your family.
    having built my own house, I have a good understanding if how much work you're putting into this.
    it took me and my wife 2 years of evenings and weekends to build ours.
     
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    Thank you, yeah this has been a long process but has been a good one too. It's nice to have control over each stage and make changes in real time as wanted or needed.
     
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    LONG overdue update, still just pa and I doing most of the work so it is slow going at times.

    We did hire out the taping, mudding and sanding which was well worth it.

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    We are almost done framing and wiring the basement too so we are doing alright. We did hire out the HVAC and plumbing which gave us a good boost ahead.

    Sure hope to be done by early August.
     
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    Wow!!! Looking good. Those that do the mud and tape for a living make it look easy...the HVAC and plumbing seems like a good part to sub out. I have enjoyed watching your progress...Thanks for the update.
     
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    2 months to go!!! You are in the home stretch!!! Keep up the great work. This has been so interesting to watch.
     
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    Garden is starting to grow and I fell and chopped up a tree with an axe I modified and restored


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    Basement framed


    We are building a very cool set of stairs which also happened to be pretty cost effective too.

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    Floors are all down and today the cabinets started going in.

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    Now for the mad dash to the finish line.

    Our lease is up so we need to be moved into the house by the end of this month. Not sure we will get things all wrapped up in time. To complicate matters further our fifth child is due the end of September. Unfortunately we have suffered many setbacks with family emergencies and deaths in the family.

    We sure would appreciate prayers, smokes, good vibes and any positive energy you can send our way. :)

    Soon we will be moved in and can finally start homesteading.

    Thank you all for the interest you have shown, sorry there haven't been more updates the past few months.
     
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    best of luck - if I lived on your side of the border I'd offer to help. ;)
    it's coming along nicely!
     
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    Thank you very much. :)
     
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    Thanks for the update. Those stairs are beautiful!!!! Glad you will soon be able to move in and move on to the next phase of this adventure....
     
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    Thank you. We are going to try treating them with just tung oil for a natural finish that's easy to touch up.

    Trim is going up now, doors are all in, door knobs are all on, and I'm nearly done the electrical too. So good progress is being made.
     
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    The way those stairs are built reflect true craftsmanship, and the floor is gorgeous!
     
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    I used "good stuff" (catalyzing oil type finish) for our butcher block countertops and danish oil for the black oak slabs on the kitchen island and breakfast bar tops.
    stairs were treated with a couple light coats of BLO and once that cured, they got a couple coats of "diamond coat" poly for wear resistance.
     
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    I just found this and scrolling through the progress is great!
     
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    Thank you all.

    1066vik, thanks for the suggestion. I'll look into that.
     
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    Hey Geoffrey, hope things are going well for you and your family.
     
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    Thank you all. After a frantic few weeks are insane amount of hours packing and moving we finally got moved in.

    House is nearly done and just in time. Baby 5 is days or maybe only hours away.

    Thank you all for your interest. I'll get more photos up soon.
     
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    congrats on both counts!
    best of luck!
     
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