Our Dream Home


Our Lot

Soon to be our view from the deck.

Left: The lot looking up towards the street

"The Rock" This is what we called our property. It most likely cost us just as much money to get rid of this rock as it did to make the movie "The Rock". I am not exaggerating.

Blasting - I called it bombing...same thing really. One neighbour down the street thought there was an earthquake, but no it was just us making a bit of noise. Thank you to our neighbours for putting up with us.

Blasting.... Drilling...Excavating...



After 2 weeks of blasting and 110 truck loads of rock removed from our lot we were ready to put down a foundation.


4000 feet of re-bar and 43 cubic metres of concrete we were ready to pour our foundation walls.

If there is ever an earthquake this is where you might want to be. With our luck I will be shelving some books in a library somewhere and Craig will be on the hooks fixing cable.

Don't these structurally engineered walls look spectacular!!!

Framing - Oh, the excitement!!

We can see what we have been seeing on paper for the last 6 months finally take shape.

Other than our driveway being much steeper than we anticipated, all is looking great. We went to the City of Nanaimo and asked for a height variance for our final grade to be 18 inches lower. We won our variance by the skin of our teeth, but hey, we won it!!!

Tricia and Garrett in the Kitchen - this where Tricia has promised three home cooked meals a week for the family...we wonder if we will be able to keep this promise!

Trevor checking out our view from our dining room window.


Our 16 foot vaulted ceiling in our living room.

Roof - Sheeted

Front entrance way...we are hoping to make this a wow factor!

My den is to the left.

Dining Room

Dining Room/Kitchen Area

Open room concept

Looking in to the laundry /mudroom room from our front hallway. The double garage is to the right.


We have the two boys rooms plus a walk in closet for each one of them. There is a shared bathroom and a laundry shoot, that I am sure Trevor will enjoy throwing Garrett down.


We also have a small workshop for Craig and Trevor's bikes.

The one bedroom 620sq foot suite - open kitchen and living room area

Looking from Amber's room straight into the media room

Craig's closet to the left Amber's Bathroom to

for all of his wiring the right

Media Room

There will be a small kitchenette, games table, and we hope to have a raised platform area for us to enjoy a movie.

Our vaulted ceiling in the living room looking up from the backyard

The arrival of our post and beam for the front entrance.

Going Downstairs:

Amber's Room to the right

Bathroom straight ahead.

Media Room at the Left

The Media Room Platform

Coming down our hallway on the main level from the front entrance way

Laundry room to the right

Powder Room to the left

In the Kitchen looking into the living room

In the Master room looking into the ensuite and beyond is the

walk in closet

In the Master bedroom looking out of the door into the main living a

Looking down into the living room from the stairs leading up to the boys rooms

Garrett standing in his walk in closet in his bedroom

As the house stands now

Outside of the house as of November 10, 2009

I think we need to do a dump run or two.