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Apr 22

House Reno 2013 Update 3

Category: Journal

Lots and lots of busy work here in the house although it is hard to see in the photos what has changed from last week. Mainly this week has been all the plumbing and electrical work. All of that work is now complete and awaiting inspection which will happen this week with the insulation all going in shortly after. In the meantime they dug up our driveway a little to put in a frost wall and keep the water from draining off the driveway into the garage. Unfortunately with this nice big pile of dirt on the driveway the weather decided to rain leaving a big mess yuck!

Outside of all of this we have now rented a bug cargo container just to move stuff out of the way and keep things from getting too much dust on them. I am also using it as an excuse to clean out all our storage to purge and reorganize. The house very much now looks like an industrial worksite just need a porta-potty and all would be complete.

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Apr 20

Fireplace Update 3 – Cement board complete

Finally at last I have the concrete board complete and all screwed in place. Have to say that the board sure does a number on utility blades. Everything is now in place to start on the rock work which is going to be the most time consuming part so I will keep you all  posted at different intervals on that. Hopefully I will be able to dedicate some good time towards it and not be delayed by the rain and cold here.

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Apr 15

House Reno 2013 Update 2

Category: Journal

Things have been very busy here at the house. Plumbing has started, electrical has started and the windows have arrived! The windows are a week early so very glad to see that. The framing of the new section is largely complete and old sliding glass doors removed to the sun room and the new sliding glass doors added to patio. We are loving the new sliding door as it really opens the house to the back yard and lets in lots of light. Other than that the walls downstairs are being ripped apart and the old wood panelling is finally gone. Things are definitely dusting and messy around here but every day is exciting to come home and see what more has been done.

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Apr 09

Fireplace Update 2 – We have fire!!

Category: Outdoor Fireplace

Today was a day I was long awaiting the fireplace was finally converted to propane. Took awhile to get a gas fitter in but now it is done and I was able to connect the switch and mount the insert to the frame. Vola we have fire! Looks great and now I can finish up with the cement board. Only got one panel on tonight before it got dark but hopefully I can get more on if it will stop raining for a bit.

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Apr 09

EPF Mission 1 Launched!

Category: Journal

Woohoo we launched the first EPF (Elite Penguin Force) Mission last week and the kids are eating it up! Very excited on this product release as it is the first one of the year for my team. Was really cool to on this project as things feel like they have come full circle being that I used to work on the original PSA Mission but this time in an entirely different role.

Herbert is once again up to his old tricks although we are unsure as to what. The hot sauce has been stolen and as myself am a huge fan of hot sauce I cannot stress the importance that we get it back!

Seriously though I would like to thank my team and those who have work on hard on the project kudos to you all. Big thanks to Chris, Morgan, Kerry, Karina, Rebecca, Tai, Ross, Allan, Brandon, Juan, Josh, Aaron, and Dave. You guys all truly rock.

Very excited for the release of our upcoming projects.

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Apr 08

House Reno 2013

Category: Journal

As some of you know we had put our house up for sale. This was due to the road out front being punched through to the next community and a new sub division going in. This turns our quiet neighbourhood into a sum what busier one and was the reason for wanting to move. In trying to sell we could not find anything we really liked unless we spent money we were not comfortable spending and still and found that we just couldn’t replace our yard and surroundings which we have fell in love with. So in short we took the house off the market and decided to do a significant reno.

The big reno basically turns our never used sun room into a master bedroom with ensuite and walk in closet. This is big improvement over our tiny 3 piece bathroom although does leave slightly smaller bedroom. Additional to this we are tearing out a wall downstairs to open things up a little and replacing the old dated wall board off. Below are the areas in question. Sorry for the really bad iPhone photos.

Last week the work began and has left our house a bit on the chaotic side. There is a mess everywhere and things moved around and out of place. Guess this is how it will be for the time being, I do have to say it is extremely hard to even keep the areas we are living in away from the reno in order.

The work thus far are included the demo of the sunroom, leveling of the floor, initial framing and the tearing down of the wallboard. This week the framing will be completed along with plumbing, hopefully electrical and of course any other surprises along the way. So far things on the construction have been smooth.

In a week I will post another update!

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Apr 02

Outdoor Fireplace Project 01

Okay time for another update on this blog. As some of you might have known we where looking to sell our house due to the road in front of us being put through to another community and drastically increasing the traffic amoung other problems. However after several months on the market and the market not being all that good and looking at the inventory of houses out there we realized that we would have to spend significant amounts of money just at least have what we have in another area or get a house close to our “dreams” (first world problem I know). In the end we decided to stay and do some significant renos, I will leave those for another post. This post is focused on my pet project a few years in the making.

We love being outside and I especially love a good fire to sit around. We have for the last few years have had a fire pit in the back yard and the boys have loved roasting marshmellows and hot dogs, however as recently pointed out to us this is illegal due to a by-law not allowing open wood burning within city limits. A neighbour has even¬†threatened¬†to report us if we continue. So it was time to retire the fire pit. Very sad about this I started looking at alternatives. I am one who loves landscaping and obviously waterscapes etc. so of course I have been also interested in hardscapes and that goes along with outdoor living. This brought me to wanting to build an outdoor fireplace, but it couldn’t be wood burning as much as I wanted to also have a wood fired oven in it as well so I turned to gas. Last year I was fortunate enough to find an insert for 65% off so I purchased it only to come down with¬†appendicitis¬†a week or so later. That threw the plan of starting on the project out and then lead into our conversations of moving putting any prospect of building the fireplace¬†completely¬†on hold until we were settled. This is no longer the case and the great build begins!

First it began with the removal of the horrid Oregon grape which over the years was so entangled with itself it was a nightmare to remove. Then came the digging level things out and boy did I dig, it is amazing how much of slope there actually is in our backyard.

Next came the framing of the pad and tying of the re-bar easy enough. Then the great pour! Yep 3/4 ton of concrete mixed by hand in my wheel barrow. Have to say I was one sore and tired man.

A week later (Easter weekend)¬†the framing for the fireplace began. Everything is in steel to avoid and rot, mold, and termites, however I have to say steel is not really meant for this type of structure the end result is there but not as perfect as I would have liked it. In the end the¬†imperfections¬†will be hidden by rock so who is the wiser… oh wait now all of you. I do have to say a big thank you to Ernie my father-in-law for helping me out with this build, very much appreciated.

Next up is waiting for the insert to be converted to propane and then hanging all the cement board.

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Dec 21

Christmas Card 2012

Category: Art,Journal

And here it is this year’s Christmas card. Tried for a 50’s style illustration this year. Enjoy!

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Dec 09

Christmas time of year

Category: Journal

The Mackhouse is all full of Christmas and this weekend was no exception. I was a nice relaxing weekend for the most part cept the boys drove us a little crazy, for some reason they just seem to be mis-behaving lately.

It was strange today as it snowed so we went from doing some yard work yesterday and then snow shoveling today. Aside from the work though we enjoyed decorating a ginger bread house, gift shopping and the Club Penguin staff party for the kids. As always the boys love this every year so a big thanks to all those who made it happen. This year it was face painting, and cookie decorating and cupcakes, all followed by Tristan burning his tongue on this hot chocolate Рyep Tintin is call hot for a reason.

Now it’s a Christmas get together for my team at work, the staff party, Christmas concerts, more gift shopping, baking, and then the in-laws start to arrive. Going to get busy, busy, busy.

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Dec 03

Disney Vacation

Category: Journal

Whew after being back for a week and finally being able to sit down and view the all the pictures from the trip to Disneyland we are ready to give you this post. Yes that is right the Mackhouse went to Disneyland! We ended up with amazing deals on flights (thanks Westjet for your new direct flight to LA), cashed in our travel points and made use of being employees of the mouse. We even managed to keep it all a secret until waiting at the gate in Kelowna.

It was an awesome trip that I am sure will fill us with memories for a long time. The boys where amazing little troopers and where able to go all day walking to and from the parks (about a 15 min walk), being up early and staying up till 10 almost every night. Un-fortunately Tristan fought a really bad cold for the first 4 days but still went on and held in there.

We basically spent all 7 days in the parks and took in almost everything at least everything that we could or the boys would allow (Pirates was a little too scary). Highlights for Tristan were basically all the roller coasters, of which he did Space Mountain. For Rhys it was Astro Blasters (a Buzz Lightyear ride) and It’s a small world, which I must admit was pretty cool all done up for Christmas. Speaking of Christmas it really made it special to be their when everything was all themed and decorated for the season right down to it snowing after the fireworks. Cars land was really really cool especially at night with all the neon it was amazing to see how well the replicated the movie, and the Radiator Racers ride was a lot of fun cept for almost 3hr wait times but fortunately we had a fast pass.

We took only one day to do anything else than visit the parks but we did take in a visit to Disneyland first thing in the morning before heading to Huntington Beach. The day was supposed to be the warmest of the entire week with hitting 28 degrees but a super thick fog rolled in that morning and never really burned off so we nearly froze. This did lead to fish and chips on the pier and hot chocolate on the beach, but didn’t keep the boys from playing in the sand and surf. I have to say it is amazing how that sand gets into everything even when getting home the bath tub still had sand in it.

I do wish as always that I had taken more pictures, I always find it hard to know what is the best to take pictures of. However what you see below captures a lot of the fun we had.

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