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Our first official site visit

Thursday evening was our first official, regular site visit with Laurel and Angelito from Novell.  We met at 6 and viewed the developments, and developments there were.

Here is what we saw:


Here is what we learned:

  • The sewer for the main house is being moved and will join up to the laneway house’s sewer
  • The water supply for both houses will be sufficient for excellent water pressure in both homes (very good news for the folks in the main house, who currently have low pressure)
  • The builders did not reach hard pan under the whole foundation (that packed clay layer underneath most of Vancouver) so they are building the foundation on concrete footings — those are the forms you see
  • After the concrete pour there will be inspections, then more concrete
  • By the time of our next meeting in two weeks, the concrete walls of the main floor of the laneway house should be built and they will be ready (or nearly ready) for framing
  • The laneway house is going to be fully covered by Home Warranty Insurance. Which is actually something I did not think about, in my giddiness about the build.  Once it’s up — it won’t fall down.  Nor will it leak or creak or reek.  Which is a comfort

What we have to start thinking about:

  • Lighting plans (oh!  We are thinking about lighting!)
  • Millwork (i.e. kitchen — we have a cabinet maker selected and they will be building far advance of when the cabinets will go in)

Also — moving!  It’s happening and we are busy up to our eyeballs in the process.

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Starting the adventure of building a laneway house in the real-estate jungle of Vancouver, BC

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