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PostPosted: January 14th, 2020, 8:58 am 
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Totally off topic but I thought I'd share this video I put together of our build in 2018. Needless to say, it was a busy year and there wasn't much canoeing (although, we did sneak away for three nights to take our two oldest kids - at the time our 5 year old son and 3 year old daughter - on their first backcountry trip to Canisbay Lake in Algonquin).

We bought this property in 2014 and lived in the existing house for 4 years. We then demolished the old house and self-built a new one in the same location. I acted as the General Contractor (for the work that we didn't do ourselves). My dad and I did the framing, windows, siding, electrical, plumbing, insulation, drywall, paint, flooring, tile, and my dad built the kitchen cabinets. We also had lots of help from friends and family along the way.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nsy6KZ3_D34&t=7s


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PostPosted: January 14th, 2020, 3:06 pm 
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That was fun to watch. Thanks for sharing.

I did the same thing. Bought a great property and lived in the run down house for a few years before tearing it down and building one myself. Had never done anything like that before and enjoyed it more than I can say. That's what got me into woodworking. A year after the house I built a nice shop.

I've since sold that property and bought a different one to remodel. Am currently finishing up a wood shop at that house. It's a great place but I can't help but think about selling it and building another house from scratch. Unfortunately the house that's on the property now is too nice for me to justify tearing down.

Enjoy the new place!

Alan


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PostPosted: January 14th, 2020, 3:14 pm 
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Thanks!

Ya - I really enjoyed the process too. I learned a ton! I was lucky to have my dad helping as much as he did. He has a lot of experience, which I'm sure helped me avoid a lot of potentially hard-learned lessons.


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