Construction Back In Progress!

We’re back in progress!

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Our “Ideal” Shower Setup


-we liked Satin Nickel finishes but many reviewers complained of water spots
-the TempAssure feature is a must!
-most all of Delta’s combiner-faucets include the “Monitor” scald-guard feature
– I also liked the Delta T17T030 and the Delta T17T055
-It seems like FaucetDirect is the best source. 

Alsons 6469 In2ition Two Showers in One 5 Spray Massaging Hand Shower – Finish/Color – Chrome  – $99.00

Delta T17T078 Double Handle Tempassure 17T Series Valve Trim Only from the Leland Collection – Finish/Color – Chrome – $179.78

Delta R10000-PXWS Universal T/S Valve Body – $38.78 – for PEX “with emergency water shutoff ‘stops’.”

Alsons 4993 F PK Shower Arm – Chrome – $9.60

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24 May

These are our working drawings as sent to the city.

Basement w Dimensions

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28 April – 3D Walkthrough & Floorplan

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Project Still On Hold, Some News

Hi Everyone,

A quick update to my earlier post; The Liberals are now offering immediate eligibility for ecoENERGY retrofits retroactive to 1 April — to grandfather-in those who start retrofits within this Financial Year.  Will the CPC match this promise so we can start renovating right away? See also

I’m also waiting to hear back whether Manitoba Hydro will offer its ecoENERGY audit services.

Everything is in limbo.  Please feel free to contact your political candidates and tell them your ideas.



Twitter: @dvanderbyl

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Here’s a run-down on our Solatubes:

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Solatube Integral Lamp

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Oversized 1-Car Garage Kit – Menards

Here’s roughly what our 1-car oversized garage kit will look like; we’re planing for a 9′ roof, with shingles, and a man-door on the East-side towards the house.  The high roof will allow storage in the rafters.  This setup will also allow for an open-air parking spot on the South Side:


Total Area: 320 sq. ft.   Dimensions: 16′ x 20′   Plan: 1958790

Material Lists Include:

  • Treated sill plate
  • Roof Sheathing
  • Service Door(s)
  • Nails & Fasteners
  • Siding
  • Garage Door(s)
  • Shingles
  • Plan
For more on this Garage, bring the keyword 1958790 to a Menards® building material department nearest you.This building features construction lumber, Spread Web storage trusses at 24″ on center, 2×4 walls 16″ on center, one 9’x7′ garage door, one service door, Pro-Snap Steel roofing 1′ overhangs on four sides, nails & fasteners.

City of Winnipeg Garage Requirements:

“maximum of 45 m2 (484 sq.ft.) of accessory structures is permitted regardless of lot area.” –

– 600 mm (2 ft.)
– 600 mm (2 ft.)
– same as dwelling (usually 1.2 m (4 ft.)
– same as dwelling (usually 2.7 m (9 ft.)
– 1 m (3 ft.) clear of all projections
– 18 m (60 ft.) to front property and behind rear wall of dwelling

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