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Framing going up

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Spent a couple of days with the builders as they put up the framing.   Roof trusses arrived on Friday so they will be going up shortly and the steel roof has beMaen ordered


Framing going up

They have put in “bucks” for where the windows and doors are to be.   (extra framing)   With the house being passive solar its oriented with most of the window space on the south and east side.   West has one window and the north one.   Maximizes solar input during the morning and day and minimizes overheating by blockking out the west a bit.

Space in the middle will be the double doors to the south deck

Kitchen to be on the right hand side with a west window over where the sink will be and another window facing south over the counter to be

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June 30, 2012 at 11:16 pm

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June 23 weekend, slab done and setting up camp

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First load of lumber for framing which starts next week arrived and stacked under tarps.   Starting to get the site organized to hang out down there more.

Framing lumber here

Slab done and ready.  Pretty smooth.  Haven’t decided what to put on it, but to start will be rugs tossed on it come the fall then deciding what type if any floor to put in.

Finished slab looking due south from the soon to be bathroom – hopefully 🙂

Working away on chores while a thunderstorm rolled by to east a few kilometres past the property.   Neighbour’s new house going up at the same time.  Local fire chief i believe.

Thunderstorm blowing by to the east. Neighbour’s house going up

Trying to visualize the rooms and where things will go.  Assuming I get furniture !  Spent a few months in Toronto with an ironing board as my dinner table.  Shopping is not one of my skills.

Looking south out of the living room. At least what will be the view !

My brother came down to help set up the tarp to cover the tent.  Sent him up a couple of trees to tie lines since my ankle is still kind wobbly after the fracture

My brother finishing off some tarp work. Hoping the gromments don’t tear out and it flies away in a storm

Home for a month

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June 25, 2012 at 12:05 am

Ready to pour slab

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After a fair bit of running around the site is ready to have the slab poured on Friday.

I had to put the insulation down myself and managed to find some used 4 inch insulation from a fellow 5 km away which was great.  The local home hardware was quoting me with tax about $7,000 which was about 3,000 more than Home Depot.   Using the recycled stuff I saved a fortune on the Home Depot price and tons on the local shop.

Mesh laid down for pouring. House on the next 8 acre lot going up. Should be blocked off by 50 or so of the poplar trees, 150 of the spruce and 6 black locust trees in 5 yrs

Guys back filling put in too much gravel so had to take out a few tonnes by hand.  Hard labour

North east corner where the washroom will be looking south west

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June 21, 2012 at 11:33 pm

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How things change

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“The more we study the major problems of our time, the more we come to realize that they cannot be understood in isolation. They are systemic problems, which means that they are interconnected and interdependent.” Fritjof Capra

The problem with central bank intervention is that it never works out as planned. The unintended consequences end up cancelling out the short-term benefits. Back in 2008, when the Fed introduced zero percent interest rates, everyone thought it was a great policy. Four years later, however, and we’re finally beginning to appreciate the complete destruction it has wreaked on savers. Just look at the horror show that is the pension industry today: According to Credit Suisse, of the 341 companies in the S&P 500 index with defined benefit pension plans, 97 percent are underfunded today. According to a recent pension study by Seattle-based Milliman Inc., the combined deficit of the 100 largest defined-benefit plans in the US increased by $236.4 billion in 2011 alone.  The main culprit for the increase? Depressed interest rates on government bonds.

Let’s also not forget the public sector pension shortfalls, which are outright frightening. In Europe, unfunded state pension obligations are estimated to total $39 trillion dollars, which is approximately five times higher than Europe’s combined gross debt. In the United States, unfunded pension obligations increased by $2.9 trillion in 2011. If the US actually acknowledged these costs in their deficit calculations, their official 2011 fiscal deficit would have risen from the reported $1.3 trillion to $4.2 trillion. Written the long way, that’s a deficit of $4,200,000,000,000,… in one year.

There is unfortunately no economic textbook to guide us through these strange times, but common sense suggests we should be extremely wary of the continued maneuvering by central banks. The more central banks print to save the system, the more the system will rely on their printing to stay solvent – and you cannot solve a debt problem with more debt, and you cannot print money without serious repercussions. The central banks are fueling a growing distrust among the creditor nations that is forcing them to take pre-emptive actions with their currency reserves. Individual investors should take note and follow-suit, because it will be a lot easier to enjoy the “Year of the Central Bank” if you own things that can actually benefit from all their printing, as opposed to things that can only be destroyed by it.

Feel like your wages are buying less in real terms?

They are:

Feel like your dollar is buying less, even though the financial press claims that the dollar is strong?

It is buying less — but so are the other fiat currencies:

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June 19, 2012 at 5:44 pm

Plumbing roughed in

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Plumbers did the rough in on Thursday.    Pump put in the well and the line put in about 4 feet down below the frost line into the foundation.   Line goes into the house and up in the utility room which will house the pressure tank, water softener.

Intake from the well on the left and bathroom rough in at the back corner

Pipe then goes from the utility room off to the kitchen and bathroom.

Bathroom in the foreground and kitchen plumbing in the far corner

Finally got my cast off the right ankle last week.   Lot easier to get around but the darn thing is swollen still so doing exercises and trying to avoid twisting it when walking which is not easy at times around the property.  However a bit of pain is always good

Favouring the right leg but hobbling around. At least still standing after moving 10 loads of gravel

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June 9, 2012 at 10:04 pm

Back filling down, plumber to laid down pipe next

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Back filling is done.  Inspector dropped by to give his go ahead.   (seems to be inspections for everything)

Back filled on the south side

Too much gravel. have to get 4 inches out of there before i put down the insulation

Looking from the north side (back) south where the front of the house will be

Meeting the plumber tomorrow to connect up the well and lay down the plumbing infrastructure for the house.  For the kitchen, washing machine, bathroom and utility room.    Will see how that goes


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June 7, 2012 at 1:37 am