Sunday, September 15, 2013

An Update on the Little Gothic Cottage

It's been a very busy month since we last spoke ... not so much for the insomniac, who continues to amuse herself during these remaining few weeks of summer by adding to her already extensive collection of mushroom and squirrel photos, but moreso for our builder, Tristram and cribber, Devon. (Devin? Devon. Probably should have written that down.)

Custom doesn't even begin to cover it.

Poor Tristram. And Cherlyn.

Dealing with the insomniac's  vagaries likely wasn't
something they were prepared for ...

August 30th


Forms for the footings built ...

September 7th


Footings poured, luckily before the rain ...

That outhouse is definitely going. Any day now ...

September 11th


L-R: Devon and Tristram

Cribbing almost complete
except for the turret ...

Turret complete ...

September 12th


Pumper truck heading down the drive ...

Cement mixer coming in ...

... then being told to turn around and
back  the mixer down the drive.

Backing in ...

Backing in ...

Still backing in ...

Backing ...

Backing ...

Still backing ...

By this point, one assumes Landon was thrilled we'd decided to build at practically the very end of the property. Count your lucky stars, Landon. We could have picked a spot across the creek.

Landon, looking quite pleased with himself.
As well he should.

How is it even possible to back up a truck that big for
that distance without going off the road once?

L-R: Corey, Linda and Kyle

Linford

Greg

Linda, walking the plank ...

Linford, grappling with a something or other ...

At this point, the insomniac  chose to retreat back into the forest and continue her documentation of the local mushroom population before she either got whacked in the head with whatever that thing was Linford was grappling with or, worse still, was told to get back to work by the foreman. Because she could easily be mistaken for a person who knows her way around a something or other.

Also, her head was starting to hurt - trying to keep track of which was the pumper truck and which was the mixer truck, and the difference between a cribbing and a footing. All she really wants to know is - when can we start with the decorating?

September 14th


Cribbing forms removed. The basement is done!

Except for the waterproofing and that other boring stuff ...

If you look off in the distance, you'll see the Carriage House at the very edge of the forest. Considering the Development Permit was only approved on Friday, they really managed to get a lot done in two days, didn't they? It's miraculous, really.

The insomniac  and her long-suffering spouse (he'll be the one pulling a face at the end of the evening as he pulls out his wallet) would like to invite the crews from Tanas Concrete and Wolf Construction to join us for wings and beer at the Water Valley Saloon on September 18th at 5:30 p.m. Ask the staff to add your order onto Wayne's tab. Tell them his extremely generous wife told you it was okay.

Until next time, the insomniac  wishes you nights of blissful sleep filled with pleasant dreams. Goodnight, my pretties.

IA

53 comments:

  1. Basements are a wonder. We don't do things like that in California- our ground moves.

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    1. Some of us actually do it anyway. Then we regret it... ;-)

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    2. Sometimes one wonders if basements are a good thing for people like us, Tante. It just gives us that much more room to collect stuff. We probably should have stuck with a crawl space. :P

      Lucretia, that sounds like it might be a good story - someday you must share! :D

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  2. Amazing! It's looking more and more like a house in every picture. What a lovely big basement you're going to have! All that storage space!
    Your crew, thankfully looks pretty easy going.
    Are you still planning on returning to Vancouver in October? I certainly hope so!

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    1. See above comment about the basement, Mme. Polaire - we're just gonna fill that sucker up with more “projects”!

      The crew is lovely, and Wolf Construction was the absolute perfect pick for us. Never met anybody as easygoing, especially having to deal with a woman who changes her mind like the weather ... ;o)

      An email has just been sent to Salmagundi today to find out whether they have a date set for the 40th Birthday Party yet. But no matter what, a trip to Vancouver in October is definitely on the agenda! Want to go antique shopping? :D

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  3. It is coming along nice! I can't wait to see the finished house :) I am sure you will be pleased with result and will enjoy living in your Gothic cottage.

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    1. The insomniac  never thought she'd see the day when she'd be able to leave the Gothic Mansion, Hindustanka. But truthfully, it gets harder and harder to come back into the city. We can hardly wait to move out there permanently! :o)

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  4. Wow, the Little Gothic Cottage is really starting to take shape! I'm so excited for you!! :D

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  5. Everyone's doing a great job and seems happy to be there - things are realy shaping up!

    Ha ha - I'm guessing you've got your colour scheme all worked out already : )

    Good luck!

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    1. Everyone is happy to be there because they say it's so much better working out there than in the city! Still, we're happy that they're happy! ;o)

      Ahem, apparently you know the insomniac  too well, Yvonne. Yes, the colour scheme has already been chosen. Predominantly black. LOL

      Thank you! :D

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  6. Oh, my, it's going great!

    While I was checking out the pictures of Landon turning around with that mixer truck, I was like 'oh, poor guy...!', but the builder crew seems to enjoy working on this one. As a builder, I'd be excited to build something unique and special like the Little Gothic Cottage and I'd definitely ask you if I could visit when it's decorated! In fact, I can't wait to see your new home in it's full glory! ;)

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    1. Now that it's finally underway Lynoire, things are progressing quite quickly - which is awesome! Everybody's happy to be out of the city and working in the country - some of them have even been known to come back in the evening after work and throw back a few beers while enjoying the sunset. ;o)

      And after it's all finished, you can bet we're going to throw a giant party! :D

      And there will be pictures - so many pictures! ;o)

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  7. :D So exciting!!! Ooooo, you have a basement! As a daughter of a carpenter/construction guy, I can tell you that NOW the fun part begins. I love watching a crew build a house. It's amazing to me how it starts with a skeleton and then the "guts" are added. SQUEEEEE!

    Funny story, Ed and I were in Wegman's doing our food shopping and as usual, we were looking at the magazines. I was looking at "Arts and Craft" magazine and there was an ad for Storybook Homes. I just about scared the snot out of him (and everyone else around me) when I squealed, "OH MY GAWDS! Ed! ED! Look! This is where insomniac is getting her house! Aren't they just awesome?!?!" Thankfully, Ed hears a lot about the bloggers I interact with and knew exactly who I was talking about ... the other folks in the store moved away from me slowly. HA!

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    1. You're the daughter of a carpenter too, Professor? The insomniac's  father was a carpenter - he worked for the railroad. A very noble profession! A little sad when the eldest advised us on the weekend he was going to get his electrical apprenticeship rather than carpentry. No matter - both are skills that will come in handy building this house. ;o)

      The insomniac  snorted loudly on the LRT this morning reading how you scared the snot out of Ed, which earned her a few odd looks. We're quite the pair! Ed didn't walk away? The man's a saint!

      I love Arts and Craft magazine! And Victorian Homes. And British Country Living ... it would probably be easier to list the magazines that aren't loved in this household! A guilty pleasure ... ;o)


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  8. I love seeing this. The progress made over the last few days is remarkable. Can't wait to see them beginning on the house itself.

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    1. That's nice to hear, Ms. Misantropia. Sometimes a person worries this stuff is only interesting to her, and she's boring her readers to death. :o)

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  9. It looks like the construction of the Little Gothic Cottage is moving along nicely. My hat is off to Landon for his excellent job of backing his truck up that long, long, road/driveway. Beer and chicken wings for the construction crew? They're going to be quite sad when the day comes that they finally stop working for you!

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    1. Hat's off to Landon is right, Nightwind! The insomniac  would have taken at least an hour to back up that road in her little vehicle ... two feet backward, drive forward to get the car straightened out, another two feet backward. Repeat ad infinitum. It wouldn't have been pretty. ;P

      LOL, well it's not like the insomniac  isn't going to enjoy going out for beers and chickens wings, too!

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  10. The turret!!!
    I hope you post pics of your local mushrooms and squirrels :)
    Good luck with the rest of the build---it looks like you are in good hands!

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    1. Turrets are the best - who knew they were so difficult to build! :D

      Just going through the pictures of all the mushrooms now - there's a lot of duplicates. Same with the squirrels. LOL

      We are in really good hands. Awesome guys. Can't say enough nice things. :o)

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  11. Your tower has a basement! Is that for the dungeon or the wine cellar? I too get excited everytime I see an ad for Storybook Homes in a magazine now; I'm not one to pine for a new home, but yours will be exceptional. When you have a moment you should post what wallpapers and lights and such you're dreaming of, it'd be fun to see what you're envisioning . . . .

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    1. You're the second person to mention a dungeon, Mayfair Mistress. Apparently, that is an option we should be considering! Where do you suppose one could purchase a lightly used Iron Maiden? ;o)

      If you're interested in seeing the wallpapers and lights, check out the insomniac's  Pinterest board called The Little Gothic Cottage Mood Board. Be forewarned - the pictures there change daily, depending on whether the insomniac  is having a Gothic Cottage day, or a Victorian Cottage day or a Rustic English Cottage day. Who knows how this thing will end up looking in the end! Hah!

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  12. I've always wanted to be able to have a house built just for me. You are sooooo lucky!! Thanks for sharing with with us, I'm looking forward to seeing more! :-)

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    1. Every single day one pinches herself to make sure she isn't dreaming, Lucretia. This is certainly not something we ever envisioned ourselves being able to do. And it's lovely to be able to share one's dream with such an appreciative and like-minded audience. Most would be turning up their noses at the thought of a Little Gothic Cottage in the Spooky Forest. Not the case with the insomniac's  lovely readers! :o)

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  13. WOW I`m very impressed with how fast things move there. I`ve a client who`s been waiting nearly 3 months to find out if he can have some trees trimmed, not cut right down. At a garden centre I worked at a Dutch driver used to back his `wagon and drag` (A full size lorry and a trailer) into a space some people could not get cars into.

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    1. We thought it was moving very slowly, Alastair! Especially since the county we're in took over six weeks to approve our permit, while the other house Wolf Construction is building in the county five minutes north of us had its permit approved in about a week! But everything's progressing nicely now. :o)

      Seriously though, three months to find out whether you can trim some trees? Six weeks seems quite fast after you say that!

      I'd be the person who wouldn't be able to park in the space the Dutch driver could park his wagon and drag in. LOL

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  14. WOW< WOW< WOW!!!! It looks amazing already! The surrounding forest is so goth appropriate- not like our dense-scrub-jungle midwestern forests at all. I can imagine you walking through it wearing a velvet cloak, then suddenly looking up to an apparition put a hand to the glass in the turret window...

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    1. The forest is amazing, Undergroundfortea! The moss and mushrooms and pinecones - there are so many things that one is just itching to make from all of it! Creepy little birdhouses, tiny enchanted fairy villages - the mind explodes with possibilities. LOL

      A velvet cloak sounds like a lovely idea - maybe we'll give it a try once the bears have all gone into hibernation for the winter, and one no longer need worry about tripping over it while beating a hasty retreat. ;o)

      Okay, so now we'll never be able to look at that turret window without imagining a ghostly hand!

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    1. Maybe not as exciting as Beer and Bratwurst and Sachertorte in Vienna, Natalie! :D

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  16. Unbelievable! Lots is happening now! I am so excited for you and now I love looking at the Storybook Cottage web page. I hope you get a bathroom before winter hits in ernest!

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    1. One imagines the crew are very anxious to get a bathroom put in before winter too, lightning ! Not only because the seat in Mr. P. Potty would probably freeze a person's rear end off, but moreso because the company has been very slow to come and empty that sucker since we've had it. It's pretty gross. Ewwwwww. :D

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  17. Woohoo! Civilization arrives! Dave is looking good. Boy, its amazing how much gets done in so short a time. I'm intrigued by the turret. Can't wait to see more photos of the work in progress.

    Ali

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    1. Dave is quite the stud, isn't he? Get it? Stud? Sorry, Ali ... that was really bad. :P

      It's pouring rain right now - we might be sitting at this stage for a while. :o)

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  18. Oh wow, I'm so happy to see the build has started to take shape! I really can't wait to see the turret finished (I'm so unbelivably jealous that you'll have a turret). Hope it continues as smoothly, looks like you have a good team working for you at least =]

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    1. That's probably what kept attracting us to the Buckleberry plan, Cemetery Dreamer. Just like the insomniac  couldn't imagine living without a dormer window (which the Buckleberry also has), we were both having a hard time imagining a house without a turret! Even the word turret is lovely! :D

      They are a great team - totally worth a beer and wing night. :o)

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  19. WOW! It already looks really good... I'm so curious how it look finished...

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    1. It's hard to visualize how it's all going to look when it's finished, Madame Kismet. All these separate pieces of the house to order all at once, and then hope they all work together at the end! It might be terrible! :P

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  20. I wouldn't be surprised if your home was featured on that show Home Strange Home. It's a ton of fun watching that show and all the fantastic individual's homes. I'm super thrilled to see the basement is practically complete!

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    1. Home Strange Home? How has the insomniac  managed to miss that one?!! Bet they have some good decorating ideas! LOL

      It's so nice to see some progress. Now we're getting to the exciting part - picking out plumbing fixtures! Hah!

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  21. To answer your question - yes, we're also in the Boreal Forest region. :) Well, north of Sweden is!
    So our little forest-monsters are very alike. xD

    So nice to see progress, they really did do a great job in just a few days! It looks like it's going to be a pretty big cottage? :)
    Hehe, I've seen alot of pretty mushrooms too, but I never bring my camera along at the dog-walks. Moa is like a rocket and Smulan an anchor, so it would be impossible for me to use the camera anyway. Might have to leave the dogs home just once, to get some nice pictures of the fall. :D

    Looking forward to your next post! Hope your luck with the weather continues, the summer is over for real now, atleast over here. ^^

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    1. Yay, we have the same monsters! :D

      It is a fair size, Sandra - we ended up going from 3050 square feet in the Gothic Mansion to 2780 square feet in the Gothic Cottage. LOL, that just meant one didn't have to give up as much furniture as she thought! But for resale purposes, because realistically we'll probably only be there 15-20 years until we have to move into the Old Folk's Home, we thought it was best to have three bedrooms. Well, resale and also so the offspring would come visit.

      You have a “puller” too? Kaos was the reason for the insomniac's shoulder issues. :P That dog would jerk your arm off the minute he saw something good to chase! It would be hard to take pictures with the two of them, although it does seem like a shame to go for a walk without them, doesn't it? You'll just have to take mental pictures. ;o)

      Summer is probably over here, as well. The furnace came on this morning - that's always a sign! :O

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  22. I love your house updates and they are making such good progress. It's going to look sooooo amazing when it's finished.

    I'm excited for the decorating to begin! ;-)

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    1. Thank you, Rachel! Yes, they are making good progress, and hopefully things will work out as they've planned and it will be closed in soon so they can continue working on the inside during the winter. Wouldn't that be something - to have it all go according to plan? That's probably being overly optimistic, isn't it? LOL

      The insomniac  has been decorating in her head since the start of this whole thing. Which isn't necessarily good - now she's having trouble sticking to a theme! Will it be Gothic?? Will it be Victorian?? Will it be a rustic English cottage?? It'll probably be a big mish-mash of everything in the end. But that might be nice, too! ;o)

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  23. So exciting to see the progress :D

    I also wonder when it's time for the decorations ;D

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    1. Decorating's the best part, isn't it, Lesthi? Probably not for another six months though, unless you consider picking out toilets fun. :P

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  24. ooh wow, things are certainly progressing! can't wait to see the home finished, and really looking forward to seeing what wonders you will do to it with the decor :)

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    1. You and the insomniac  both can't wait for it to be finished, blackhrtgurl! How will one make it through at least another six months before she can start decorating! ;o)

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  25. I cannot wait to see it finished!!! Not to mention the decorations! So glad that everything is going great :) Good luck!

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    1. Ah yes, the decorating, Magda - the very best part of all this and the only thing keeping one cheerful at this point in time. :o)

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    1. LOL, it's too bad all the important but boring building stuff has to happen before all the really  important decorating stuff can happen, Caitlin! ;o)

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