Wednesday, January 27, 2010


I am filled with squee.  Oodles and oodles of squee.  A little over two weeks ago, we left on a jet plane to paradise while contractors began gutting and fixing our woebegone second storey.  We came home to find the work had progressed very quickly.  I have taken the aforementioned awful before photos and, this weekend, will take and post a number of progress shots.

Let me first just say that I LOVE Gord Porrit and Norm Stubbes.  LOVE THEM!  They do this amazing stuff like call us, do what they say they're going to do, problem solve and take pride and care with their work.  They are actually ahead of schedule, if you can believe it.  After doing through a renovation nightmare last spring and summer, this experience with Stubbes Construction has been so completely and wonderfully pleasant and worry-free, that I almost feel like I'm leaving in a dream.  A dream of renovation bliss.  I honestly don't even mind having our temporary toilet installed next to the kitty litter boxes in the basement (the trick is not to make eye contact with the cats).

Right now, everything has already been gutted, the sub floor is in, the joists for the half storey have been braced, the knob and tube is gone, the plumbing has been roughed in, the beam and supports are installed to collapse the two bedrooms into one, the framing is complete on the pony wall and powder room and the electrical is going in today.  The Neptune Space shower was brought in to help ensure the lines were installed appropriately and I had a chance to stand on the base.  It's absolutely ginormous. 

In the meantime, once I get home, I am going to post a few photos from one of the rooms we booked at Casa Takywara
on Isla Holbox.  It was absolutely gorgeous - my exact idea of what an island retreat should be.  A lovely little garden, white washed walls, bright pops of colour and not one but two hammocks so we didn't even have to share!  Also, a coffee maker and electricity rounded out the features... fresh ground yuppy organic fair trade dark roast from the Kootenays throughout our stay brewed deliciously strong every morning along with More's fresh baked bread or croissants and ripe, juicy fruit...   Mmmm. 



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