My apologies for not posting in some time.  T’was a very busy summer polishing things up and working away from home for most of the spring and summer.

Now that we have been in the house for a full year (as of November 30, 2013) we have a much better idea of how the house performed (energy wise).  Comfort has been nothing short of amazing and I am incredibly pleased with how it has turned out.  Energy-wise, I am also happy to report quite excellent performance.

Here is a summary of the basics of our energy consumption in the first year in the house.  One thing that should be noted is that the entire house runs on electricity (heating as well), so its quite easy to come up with total energy consumption from the Hydro Quebec website (they have all sorts of nice pretty graphs and all that jazz already done up for you).

Anyhoo, here she goes.

Total yearly (12 month period, as of November 30, 2013) was 12,408 kWh (42337853.489 BTU) for an average monthly consumption of 1,034 kWh (3528154.4574 BTU).  Once you take into consideration the total conditioned square footage (1988.72 ft2 or 184.758 m2), the annual energy consumption for our house was 67.16 kWh/m2/yr or 6.239 kWh/ft2/yr for my american friends.  The heating portion (estimated at this point – I have an energy tracker on my boiler and will download the data on December 17th since thats when I installed it last year) comes to an incredible 6,750 kWh/yr or 36.53 kWh/m2/yr.

Now, thats allot of seemingly random numbers right!?!  K, based on stats canada, the average Quebec home uses 26,111 kWh for heating and the average Ontario home uses 29,722 kWh for heating (not taking into consideration different heating types – just using an average of all of them) – an average between the two being 27,916.5 kWh annually on heating (for comparison purposes at this point).  The average Canadian home is 2000 square feet (185.8 m2), which makes to annual consumption of the average Canadian home 150 kWh/m2/yr
I did an online comparison that Hydro Quebec offers for TOTAL annual energy consumption (its a very basic survey style format).  Its super rough, but the results are still pretty cool.
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I will try to get un update on my actual heating specific energy consumption once I download the data from my datalogger.





Da Sauna ; )  He he he……bathroom is looking more finished now.

Prepare – its coming!

The weekend saw Stools, Bowls, and Caulking.

I managed to crank away and complete my stools (finally!).

IMG_1010 IMG_0996 IMG_0967 IMG_0970 IMG_0985 IMG_0988 IMG_0992Bryan also brought a bit of walnut to my place for a project he has in the works……I had to use some to make a bowl……then I got a little carried away with some more bowl making…..its a bit addictive – for real!

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But, hey – Im not the only one making bowls.  I actually got inspired by Anneh.  We went over to the pottery studio to pick up some of her first pottery pieces on Saturday.  That totally made me want to make bowls too.  Here is some of her beautiful work.

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Ryan was interviewed for an article featured on Read the article here.

Way to go, honey!

Click on the photos to make them HUGE – ER.
Ground effect lighting ; )Whicked highlight lighting awesomness
Kitchen/living areaShot of the main living area looking back to the kitchen
Live edge stairsStairway to – well – upstairs.

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Knitting roomKnitting room/spare roomKnitting room Knitting wheelA couple more views of the knitting room/spare roomhall to bathroom main bathroomThe washroom with missing cabinets – man, I should get on that!

The showerCool shower – Thanks Bryan (my brother in-law) – your work is awesome!cool stone sink master bedroomMaster beroom – nothing but a bed in here….nice and simple like.master bedroom walk in closetWalk-in closet….oh ya…it has a window!downstairs half bath downstairs half bathCouple shots of the downstairs pooper.
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The weather was so beautiful on Saturday that we went lake-skating! Actually, Ryan went four times over the course of the day, and completed a circumnavigation.

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Suka likes the snow, but sometimes he really wants to come in and make paw prints all over the floor. Even though he is cute, I resist:

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Ryan did make some improvements, incuding hanging a door and installing some door handles. The most life-changing was his installation of casters to the two couches.


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Of course, Ryan had to live out his fantasy of wheeling his couch to the fridge for a snack:

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Women of the world, I’m sorry if this gives your men ideas!

So, I got home last night to find that the lake had finally froze over.  This is very exciting because it hasnt really snowed much in the meantime.

Therefore, off I went to get my drill and auger bit.  After drilling around ten test holes, I discovered that the ice was in the range of 6 to 8″ thick – awesomness!  This can only mean one possible thing.  Lake skating time.

It took me a while to find my skates (buried in a box in my shop on the top shelf), but I did manage to dig them out.

What an amazing thing it is to skate on a lake that has no snow on it yet.  Freedom at its best.  You can literally skate anywhere you feel like (I was too paranoid to go out to the middle – no test holes out that far).  I mostly just stuck to the shoreline (withing a couple hundred feet).  I must have skated back and forth from J-man’s place like 20 times!

After about an hour of awesomeness, I decided that my dog would sure love to come out and play too.  So off I went, dug out an old ice climbing screw and put that out in the middle of the ice and attached a HUGE rope to it.  Good to go for lake skating with the dog.

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I spent last weekend giving my tractor a winter make over.  I had started last week when I went out and picked up a used plow off a dude for $200.  Brought er on back and started pulling out all my old pieces of scrap metal and plate I had lying around.  Then, I came up with a grand master plan!

This is what came of it all in the end.

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Ya, for anyone who cares, that is a quick attach mount I made for the blade that I picked up.  It works awesome BTW.  I can drop my blade and pick up my bucket in a few seconds and not even move from my seat.  Awesome!  Now that I have that out of the way, I can continue the final touches on the inside of the house.  Almost finished.


So it’s been two weeks since we moved in (already!), and I still haven’t posted photos. This is partly because things are still in transition, and partly because I’m tired. It’s not an excuse, but it is a reason…just maybe not a very good one. Oh well.

But I do have some photos to give a sense of what things are like now. And maybe I’ll get my act together over the weekend and take some more photos in the light. I can live in hope!

When you move in, stuff often lands wherever there is room for it.

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moving in

But after two weeks, things look a lot better!

Maybe not the yarn room, though…that still looks like an explosion. I’ll spare you a second view of it.


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 Lastly, the shower is AWESOME!!!!!(I need more exclamation points!)!!!!!! And because of that, you get a ginormous picture!


 Still to be photographed: any yarn room improvements the construction fairies install for me this weekend, the laundry room, and the temporary yet still great closet system that Ryan has installed.

To distract you from my lack of good photos, I leave you with this outrageously cute photo of Suka making himself at home:

 suka on the couch

Happy weekend everyone!


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