Building Our Dream Home, Part 3

Read Part 1 & Part 2 Here!

As the construction on our dream home starts coming to a close, I’m getting more and more excited! I cannot wait to move in – building a house is a lengthy and stressful process. From the financial side to managing the workers and the supplies – it’s a huge headache.

Jay was our own Builder, he was in charge of the project from the very beginning – he designed it, he worked with the architect to create the plans, he hires all the trades, he orders the materials, he oversees every last bit of this project – I think when we’re done we’ll need a LONG vacation!

01I thought I was really excited when the roof was put on the house, however what really excited me was the STAIRS! When the stairs were put in, and we no longer had to access the upper floor from the outside – it really started to feel like a proper building!


Our son’s bedroom is to the left of the stairs, the Master is to the right.


Another view of the stairs, here you can see all the spray foam insulation used in the walls

I think I took about 100 photos of the stairs from all different angles. I was that excited about them!

stairsAfter the stairs went up, the walls started going up. We chose spray foam insulation to insulate our house, it’s a great product, but we learned that it’s fairly difficult to make any changes to the electrical wires after everything has been sprayed…!

Another exciting day was when the glass started being installed. The window panes and glass arrived seperately because everything was custom-made for the home. First they installed the window frames, remeasured everything and then we ordered the glass afterwards and had it installed.


The First Piece of Glass to Go In!


Large Pieces of Glass Going In!

Just the feeling that your construction building is becoming an actual dwelling – a home that you can make memories in one day! Every little part of our build added to the fact that we’re getting closer to living here, we’re on our way!


Only the very left window pane has glass in it


Chanel is testing the glass!

After all the glass went in (except for the sliding glass wall…) we still had to wait a while for our doors to be installed. Lots of work has been done to the grounds on the outside, we had a digger come and dig trenches while cables and plumbing and everything was being laid out to be connected.

In a couple more weeks our house will be supplied with electricity and water! There is currently A LOT going on with the house, a lot of things are being installed and finished and it’s looking amazing! We will definitely being moving into the place by the end of March – that’s two months away! Stay tuned!

Read Part 1 & Part 2 Here!


  1. January 21, 2014 / 7:12 am

    How very exciting! That has got to be so much fun figuring out what you want/need in your home & watching it all come together. I’m so totally jealous! It’s going to be all you & your family where you’ll be the first ones to make memories in that area. That’s awesome! I cannot wait to see how it progresses! 🙂

    • January 23, 2014 / 1:52 pm

      It is really exciting, but it’s also a LOT of hard work! I can’t wait for the memories we’ll be making in that house!

  2. January 21, 2014 / 8:56 am

    That’s so exciting! I can’t wait to see your house complete!!

    • January 23, 2014 / 1:52 pm

      I know, I can’t wait either!!

  3. January 22, 2014 / 2:34 pm

    I don’t think I want to read about anything but ‘it’s lovely, the best thing we’ve ever done’. lalalalala *covers ears and eyes* Can’t wait wait to see the finished house. It’s going to be fantastic! xx

    • January 23, 2014 / 1:55 pm

      You know, it IS lovely and wonderful and all that…. but it’s such an ongoing drag sometimes. There sometimes seems to be SO many problems, all these little things that you haven’t thought of, and OH! too late, can’t change now!! I think you could spend a WHOLE YEAR planning a house and still have regrets. Argh.

  4. January 23, 2014 / 7:36 am

    ahhh it’s looking so good! I’ve heard horror stories about construction but I would love to build a house and have all the unique finishes we’d like. can’t wait to see it when it’s all done!
    — jackie @ jade and oak

    • January 23, 2014 / 1:58 pm

      Yes, I think one day, when our house is finished and I can look back and “laugh” about all these problems we have, I think I’ll write a post about all the *wonderful* things that happen during construction (shudders)…

  5. January 25, 2014 / 12:29 am

    Wow so exciting! The windows looking out at the rock are amazing.

  6. June 20, 2014 / 12:46 pm

    Late to this post but had to comment. I love the story of you initial aversion to Vancouver and subsequent support of your hubby in building your own amazing home there. Glad I stumbled on your blog and look forward to see the progress of your new abode.

  7. August 25, 2014 / 5:02 pm

    It looks amazing so far! Can’t wait to see the end result. I would love to design and build my own home. . . one day! (hopefully 🙂 Good luck

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