Photo of the day – 18 October 2017

Today’s post is inspired by the saying, “when the s*** hits the fan,” but in this case, it is where the crap hits the pipe!

This is the place where it happens!

Have you ever noticed that in the majority of apartment buildings, the toilets and plumbing are lined up right on top of one another?  That’s because you want this particular drain pipe to go out of your home as directly as possible.

Given that our home is just a smidge more than 16′ from north to south, our toilets will all run along that north-south axis.  What you see in today’s photo is the pipe on the ground floor, with a view into the ground floor powder room.

While we were sensitive to this issue, we were strongly steered in this direction by our architect, who made sure the design made things (relatively) easy on our contractor.

And just for reference at the breakneck speed of construction over the past week, here is a photo of the same place from one week ago:

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Photo of the day – 17 October 2017

On the south side of our extension, there must be a fireproof wall to separate our home from the next, so voilà, our wall!


So much was done yesterday!  In addition to this wall, there was foam insulation, electricity, plumbing, closet construction, and other brick work.  That makes for at least six people working our our little home yesterday.  I can barely say it without breathing more quickly because of how much our next bill will be… 😉

Photo of the day – 16 October 2017

Pocket doors and electrical wiring were happening today on our homestead!  Last Tuesday the electrician came in and placed the boxes and things where they should be, and today the actual wires are running all through the house!

The beginnings of a bathroom

Here in our third floor bathroom, you can see the wires hanging down for lighting, as well as a thermostat (I am fairly certain that is what that red cord is).  The little wooden cage that has 30″ written on it is where the pocket door will disappear away.  We’ve chosen a frosted glass door to give a bit of extra light to the internal bathroom.

Speaking of lighting, I also tagged today’s post as “frugal,” because we managed to find one electrician who gave us a quote at half the price of another.  He was referred to us, and has excellent references (we went back for more when we saw his quote!).  It was a good reminder that shopping around pays off!

Photo of the day – 13 October 2017

All of the spaces have been created for our massive 8-foot sliding windows.  And on the third floor, as you see below, the space that was a door has been filled in.


We also had a budgeting conversation for the back facade, balconies, and stairwell today, which freaked me out.  More about the budgeting process later…

Photo of the day – 11 October 2017

There is so much in today’s little photo!

This is the north wall on the ground floor.  There are two closets and one small powder room in this little space.  You can also see there is ducting work there for a vent in the powder room.  In addition, the electrician and his team were there on Tuesday, and the plumber is coming later this week.  Things are moving!


The tiny slit you see toward the end of the wall is the space for our pocket door.  We will have mostly pocket doors to reduce the need for space from swinging doors.

Photo of the day – 5 October 2017

Yesterday, I shared photos of the opening that had been made for the addition.  Today, I can show you the addition!

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Here is the outside.  Goodbye, old door!  

So behind those chairs to the left you can see the little nook where the basement window will be.  Just above that there will be a window to the kitchen, there will be another window on the wall that is perpendicular to us, and on the wall that we see, the door will be to the left and a large sliding window to the right.

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And here is the inside!  

This will be kitchen space; counters and cupboards and lots of windows, allowing the kitchen and dining areas a bit more breathing room…

Photo of the day – 4 October 2017

Revision… I didn’t read my contractor’s notes carefully enough – this is actually the opening for our addition!

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A little extra kitchen space will be just behind this plywood.  

I believe that this shows the wall just before they took it out, with the “croix de St-André” to give a little extra support when the wall comes out…

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Les croix de St-André sur rue St-André!

Photo of the day – 2 October 2017

It’s October!  Let’s blow through some cement!

Future window in the basement bedroom

Now that the window measurements are being taken, it’s time to also create some homes for those windows.  One of our desires was to have a little more light in an otherwise cave-like basement – let the sun shine in!

Idea(l) – Kitchen

I struggled as much with the title of this as the text… my dream kitchen?  Honestly, I don’t dream of the room as much as of the things that might happen there.  Ideal kitchen?  Well, ideal for me perhaps, but honestly, so much of the genius of spaces comes in the tiny touches, and for right now, I just want to get the big stuff right.  Appliance placement, cabinet choices, etc.  So these are just ideas, moving toward and ideal kitchen.

I want the space to feel clean and straightforward.  Our kitchen is going to be a workhorse – we like to cook regularly, as well as to do great big kitchen products like canning liters upon liters of pickles, jams and sauces – but it should look rather simple.  I want all of the space to feel well used – cabinets to the ceiling – and able to be used – counters at various heights for various people.  Our tools will have places to be stored, the space will be easy to understand.  There will be lots of spaces to work or pull up a chair and chat.

All photos are of our current kitchen, which has also been a workhorse, but could be improved.

Our kitchen and dining spaces are together, but I would like for them to fell like distinct spaces.  Once we sit down for a meal, it should feel calmer than the business of the kitchen.

On the pantry wall, I would like for there to be a bar zone so Jonathan can have space for his liqueurs (it would be pretty across from the dining table).

Current bar… to be integrated into our pantry wall

Also, there should be a small desk zone (just big enough for one person to sit, mail to get dropped, etc. There should also be space for all of our big french canning jars that hold our staples.


Current pantry, as well as laundry room, and with the dishwasher too! 

And place for our cookbooks!

All that inspiration on just three shelves!

In the main kitchen area, I think I would like for there to be an appliance garage for our standing mixer, slow cooker, instant pot, toaster, Vitamix, breatd machine, and food processor.

Current appliance garage is on top of the fridge…
… and there is some overflow!

It would also be great if the microwave could be tucked away in a cupboard.

It’s currently under our butcher’s block, which I hope will stay tucked against the window next to the pantry wall. 

I generally like our architect’s general design (although I think the fridge and sink are a little too directly across from one another), but we will see what the designer comes back with that might make it even better.  To be continued…