February 10th, 2013


Damn…I’ve been off the grid for too long.
This post will be an attempt to summarize the tail end of 2012.
More importantly… give you an idea of what’s to come.

Let’s pick up where I left off, in Pemby.


A typical grocery run/walk into town.


When I first moved in and walked into the garage, these were the first things that caught my eye.
I quickly learned that skiing/snowboarding, & mtb (activities that were very foreign to me) was life here…The question is… what the hell was I doing in BC anyways?
Well an old friend and classmate Shane, hooked up a helper monkey position @ FYi.


FYi is a vertical design firm on the forefront of technical apparel.


From design, to patterning, to prototyping solutions… everything was done in house. I was fortunate enough to learn from the greats.


But those 2 months just blitzed by.


and I was on the road again.

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This time across the US of A.


First stop… Seattle to visit Javor! I haven’t seen her since ’05 i think.


Then to Matt & Mandy’s place in Portland.


After catching up with Matt, I was back on the road and beelined it to Utah where I got some needed rest.


As the next couple of days were packed with a few national park explorations. Bryce National Park.


Zion National Park… Yes it just keeps getting bigger and better.


Grand Canyon North Rim… all three parks left me speechless.


Forgot to mention the entire trip I was nursing downhill mtb injuries… So after the Grand Canyon.. I made every effort to get back home quick… Fresh scabs + unrelenting heat = not good… Finally made it to my cousins new home in Michigan!


Literally a week after I got home… there was record rainfall in Toronto and surrounding areas…
With my luck… I hydrolocked my motor two blocks away from my home… Two cross country treks with no problem… a small pond that formed on a side street…I had to pull the motor and tranny.

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September was wedding month… awesome to see three close friends tying the knot! Congratulations Cindy & Bri!


My sista from anotha motha… Krista & Sean.


Then straight to Boston for Sylvian & Porter’s Wedding…. That was an extremely busy month.

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Wait… One more!… Marris & Matt’s in November! Congratulations to all of you guys… Couldn’t be happier for y’all.


It was time for backyard beautification projects, starting with the deck.

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Followed by some interlock resetting…

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Finishing off with a shed build!!!

I’m sure there’s quite a bit I left out… But I will get to that with detailed posts!
Well there you have it… the last 4 months of my 2012 in a post.
Lots of exciting things coming in 2013! So stay tuned.

February 29th, 2012

Renos | Mirror rorriM

A mirror in the front foyer is your double check before you walk out.

That had been missing for a couple weeks now. With everything painted and buttoned up. It was time to put the new one up.

You might have wondered what that structure was.  Well if you remember removing the last mirror (glued to the wall), I definitely didn’t want that kind of damage. The solution was a few angled cuts off a 2×4, essentially creating a locking system.

The result was 4 screws into studs. Minimal drywall damage, tonnes of support.

Mount and paint the frame. Oh yeah run your wires as well.

Cause shit’s backlit yo.

February 29th, 2012

Renos | Closet coordination.

With the closet finished… I had an Idea.

To put a standard plastic drawer organizer in for the little things.

Here’s how it looked.  I then built a shelving system around it with some scrap.

Quick test fit.  Now to put some shelves and poles in.



February 27th, 2012

Made | Front door threshold

The front foyer was lookin better.

Except when you opened the door.

The extruded plastic threshold took a beating from the contractors.

When they were removing the tiles… they used the threshold as a fulcrum for their pry bar… grrreat.

Of course that piece was so old there was no replacement.

So I ripped my own out of scrap leftover from the flooring.  Wooden extrusion ftw.

Close up of how everything pieced together.

February 27th, 2012

Renos | Foyer & hallway.

I’m approaching the 4th month of the reno… and the little things that were missing began to drive everyone crazy.

For example… the front foyer’s closet.  There was no door for over a month.  Ughh… everything was exposed. I forgot to take a before picture but it was a mess.  I don’t like mess…. Here it is, gutted, ready for a makeover.

Closer look at everything… the hell was I thinking years ago when I installed that closet organizer?

At least the outside started looking respectable.

Hallway return vent centred and painted.

Staircase stringer straightened.

I ended up painting from the hallway to the kitchen.


February 26th, 2012

Renos | Family room. Finally.

The next morning… I started priming.

Blew through a whole can for both sides.

A good paint job is all in the prep work.  I was really happy with how it turned out.  It made all that sanding worth while.

Paint is up.  We just went with the same paint colour as the back wall.

We had the flooring contractors custom make a ledge in cabreuva.

My favourite part was actually the baseboard mitre. Took me a couple tries to get it right.

The post doesn’t look so out of place anymore does it.

Here’s a shot from the kitchen looking in.

Quick shot of the room with the important furniture trickling in… namely the sofa and the television.


February 25th, 2012

Renos | More filling & sanding

While I was waiting on yet another skim coat to dry.

I started ripping off the trim on this column.  It was a bit tacky and on top of that it was painted using the same high gloss white as the baseboards… bleh.


Much better.

Sanding near the crown moulding.

Hallway return vent hole almost ready for primer.

Hole in wall is pretty much complete, one last coat of filler on the post!

February 23rd, 2012

Renos | floors on floors on floors.

Master bed = done

Dust… it’s everywhere.

Jacyk bashing in the last bits of plank in the family room.

Onto the den.

While they were hammering away. I was putting down the last hundred or so screws in the dining room next door.

What a crazy rush. but I was able to finish just before they got there!

February 23rd, 2012

Renos | Hardwood arrives!

Whoa whoa whoa… Slow down.

There are still 2 entire rooms with carpet/underlay to pull, and 1500 screws left to drive into the subfloor.

I wasn’t too worried though as the flooring contractors still had to do the hallway, masterbed, and family room before getting to where I was working.

Quick shot of the Den before.

The Dining room before.

The next morning, we had the hallway and the master bedroom cleared out.

Renovating and empty house is A LOT easier.

I’m glad we had contractors come in to do the hardwood. Just the boxes alone were over 100lbs each.  I’d have to look at the paperwork again, but we bought roughly 45 boxes of cabreuva.

We went to many stores across the GTA to find the flooring.  I’m glad we went with the cabreuva: Colour, depth of grain, and density.  This species of wood had it all.

This was another reason I was glad we had contractors do this job.  Besides the obvious fact of experience and skill, they were FAST.. very very fast.

February 21st, 2012

Renos | Double utility sink.

After taking a few measurements of the Laundry room. A double ute sink was feasible.

Assembled to check fitment.

First things first, plumbing.  There had to be a drain for the washer. Instead of just hanging it over the tub like most people do. I wanted an integrated solution.

If you thought that the tub was cluttered. This was what the laundry room looked like.

Drilled a hole at the top of the tub and added a chrome drain pipe to it.

Done and Done.  Not too sure if you can see it, but I placed a couple sheets of polyethylene against the drywall to protect it against water damage.

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