playing catchup

i know, i know.. .it’s been over a week since i blogged.  And it’s been a WEEK!!    a few more sleepless nights, trying to figure out insulation, how to get my plumber and HVAC guy to play nice.. orchestrating everything in time, ’cause my favourite insulator is going on 3 weeks holidays starting this Friday.. and in the middle of it, finishing some last minute framing…. then framing inspection didn’t pass.. i won’t say FAILED.. but there were just a few “minorish” deficiencies that had to be dealt with.  The inspector freaked me out a little talking about insulation well in advance, advising that what we were planning wasn’t good enough (even though it was well above code, but there’s no allowance for what we wanted to do in a very stringent chart)  I won’t bore you with the details.. needless to say.. a bit of a stressful week!

pictured below, main bath plumbing roughin started, new patio door in Bill’s office.  Plywood down on floors throughout.

Since we decided to go with 5/8″ plywood as our subfloor throughout to sturdy up the floor, we found the front door was installed too low.. and wouldn’t allow for flooring and a floor mat… so it had to be raised.  My shower niche got missed – and the small infractions (having more do with plumbing and HVAC plus a few window headers)  were all addressed, and this morning, we passed, just in time for Mike’s Insulation to come in and start the itchy stuff.

Pictured below:
1. electrical runs with my chalked notes on the walls (“Sparky’s” shortform beside it.. SSSP (switch x 3, plug)  I mean.. i could have said that…
2. view from our new East window (gorgeous tree and pretty old house)
3. the mesmerizing glass in our front door


We still have some plumbing and HVAC issues to resolve.. ie.. where the dryer vent is going, and correcting the location of the handheld in our shower (needs to be on the right of the main valve, not left.


Here’s where plumber & heating guy played nice and each took a stud space.  plumbing for sink in new 2 pc powder room, and cold air return for main living space.img_3305

more electrical pics, just because Bill is so enamoured with the work done.

and finally today, Mike the insulator got a great head start with the vapour barrier and insulation.  Tomorrow will look very different when interior walls start getting closed in and we have rooms again.


our insulator has a fabulous pair of legs. no, seriously.. he does.  Just sayin’ is all..


The first time I met Mike (after talking to him for years on the phone or by text) he was on these, doing a cathedral ceiling, and he sauntered over to chat with me on these crazy stilts like they’re his own legs.. it’s amazing to watch.. incredible tools i never knew existed!  (had you there for a minute, didn’t i.. .seriously.. i have eyes for ONE man’s legs only.. and he’s all mine. 😉

Here’s my new shower niche that Bill framed in tonite.


and a first look at Bill’s new man cave.  Hoping concrete is poured soon and it becomes more real for him.


one more pic.. of our laundry area, that still needs some plumbing remediation.   Nice high counter for folding or ironing, shelves will go in above and below over the stairs.  W/D to be stacked to the left with a laundry sink in between the stacked appliances & the counter.  Behind that is our bedroom.


Drywall starts end of next week, just a wee bit more framing to do (in our closet)  trim and flooring have been ordered, cabinets are in production, lighting is all in and being stored, as are all the plumbing fixtures.  we’re on our way!

there’s some real changes coming soon, and it will begin to look like a house again.  Can’t wait to share it with you!




Published by billandamyskitchen

Bill (Guillermo 'cause he likes pretending he knows Spanish) and I (Amy) have been married since Sept 2005. We live in Southern Ontario, Canada - Niagara Peninsula in fact, smack dab between 2 of the Great Lakes. We love God, our family, our church family, and making each other laugh. (ergo the profile pic, he decided to make our photographer laugh by throwing a leg up on me just before the shutter clicked, which made ME laugh) When we married, I told Bill: "I don't know how to cook" but he had faith in me. So 15 years later, I'm still learning, and having fun. I've never (in my whole life) cooked a whole bird, chicken, turkey or otherwise. I've never roasted a beef, other than in a crockpot on low for 8 hrs. I like trying to find healthy & easy recipes and then I rarely follow them. I don't enjoy recipes that take hours or intricate steps. I have a special fondness for the Podleski sisters, writers/creators of the Looney Spoons, Crazy Plates and Yum/Yummer cookbooks. In 2018 we suddenly decided to rip our small house apart from stem to stern, moving out for 4.5 months while the house was demolished inside and out, and then rebuilt with an addition. If you go back in the archives to July-Dec 2018 you can follow that story. It's made our house open and so much more conducive to entertaining, small groups and large. It's given us the kitchen I've dreamed of to create and learn in. We feel incredibly blessed to be able to write about our journey, our faith in God and some fun recipes along the way. Thanks for joining us.

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