Friday, March 20, 2009

Cedar siding

The house has been wrapped in Tyvek and some of the cedar siding has been installed. The cedar areas on the front elevation can't go up until our front door unit is replaced with the correct one. The primary cladding of the house is going to be 4 x 8' cement board panels painted white. The material is scheduled to arrive at the end of next week.

We also insulated and installed the vapor barrier in the upstairs bathroom so that the bath tub plumbing can be installed prior to the insulation in the rest of the house.

March Update

Now that it's finally above -30C degrees outside we hope the pace of construction will pick up. Here are some progress photos since the last update:

The holes for the window wells did get excavated in the frozen ground conditions with a jackhammer. We will be using conventional corrugated metal wells for the side windows and a custom timber window well in the front yard.

The front door and window combination was also installed. Unfortunately, the wrong door swing was ordered. The hinges are supposed to be against the wall, not on the centre mullion. The replacement door is scheduled to arrive March 24th.

A temporary furnace has been hung in the basement. Once the gas meter is installed, we will be able to provide temporary heat, allowing us to pour the basement floor slab and insulate the roof with spray foam insulation.