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thus far {pt.1}.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

We're making pedal to the metal progress on casa de Knol and I keep saying "we should being taking some inside 'before' shots to go with our 'afters'", but that my friends would require me to tidy up a bit and who wants to do that? 

Heck to the no.

PROGRESS - AUGUST 2012:
Digging the hole was the easy part thanks to our pricey third child - Mr. Excavator - and Trev calling in a few favors. 

For those who care who are even reading this, here's the breakdown of our costs to date:
Deck demolition..... ($250)
Building Permit..... $2031 
Geotech fee..... *FREE
Concrete dump site..... FREE
Topsoil dump site..... FREE
Rebar..... $714
Lumber to frame footings..... **sigh
Concrete for footings..... $436

GRAND TOTAL (thus far)..... $2931

* still no invoice from Jerry which may mean 'pro-bono' - fingers crossed
** waiting on Trev to find the phantom receipts

If all goes according to Trev-bob's schedule, the walls should be framed and poured by Saturday, the basement floor will be next, followed by trusses *yawn*

My ahh-mazing father-in-law has been here every night and weekend, under the blazing hot sun, helping Trev ready the hole. I don't know what we'd do without him and his mad carpentry skillz, probably die or go bankrupt contracting the work out. I was 'down in the trenches' for less than 3 hours on Sunday and drank Gabe's weight in water. Not surprisingly I came with not just one but TWO stellar ideas while demonstrating my own mad skillz with the skill saw. I won't go into great detail about my brilliance but they both solved the 'gap between the old and new foundation' problem.

Working side-by-side, helping Trev build our home, makes me feel so... married; just like hanging clothes on the line and cooking a roast makes me feel so motherly.

As you know I'm obsessed with bargoons {bargains for the sophisticated folk} and it's kinda hard to swing a deal when it comes to permits and concrete. That being said I do have some killer kijiji.com finds to share as well as some bartering & salvage stories. Stay tuned for Part 2.

P.S. our 12 foot patio door arrived yesterday and I'm head over heels... best $700 I ever spent. Mucho thanks Home Depot!

P.$.$. - if you have any renovation tips, tricks or money saving strategies I'm DYING to hear them!

I'm all about the FREE labour

7 comments:

ana {bluebirdkisses} said...

I love that you guys are doing this yourselves and slightly jealous that you have a Trev-bob and a FIL who know what they're doing! if I left it up to M and his dad to do anything around our house I would be constantly worried about falling ceilings etc. I'm the handiest person in our home...and I'm not very handy so you can understand how this wouldn't really fly in our home ha ha. and free on ANYTHING IS AMAZING!

Alyx said...

can't wait to see the end result!!!

Heather said...

Im loving the return to blogging!

Jen | Our Happy Family said...

sounds like a huge project! but so rewarding when it's done! new follower of your blog :)

andrea said...

you guys are moving FAST!! i'm so jealous, haha. mister pink sugar is incredibly handy, but also incredibly hard to motivate :P

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