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Those of you that know us are aware that we started working in Winnipeg about a year ago. We are at a high-end shop, and service high-end residential. There is a new development in the southwest part of the city, we casually call 'the ponds' because the houses are built around man-made ponds to give the impression of living on waterfront (a biggie in this city, criss-crossed with rivers). Most of these homes are very expensive.

This one is a million dollar showhome. Instead of spindles in the railings, they will be installing glass panels. The openings in the bedroom walls to the great room will also have this glass treatment. The bathroom listellos are the thin glass mosiacs; in the ensuite, the entire base of the soaking tub will have that tile treatment. That is the third set of hollywoods we have done since we have been out here; haven't seen more than a couple of spindle staircases in that time. Our shop has been trying to secure this builder for some time, and apparently he is very fond of hollywoods.

As an aside to this, we completed another house in this area for a former CFL Blue Bomber football player last week. He backed onto another of the ponds in the area. One of his neighbours is a Winnipeg Jet hockey player, owns his own zamboni, and is planning to clear their pond for the neighbourhood kids to play hockey on this winter. Won't it be fabulous for these kids to play pickup hockey with a pro? Gotta love it here.

Sorry we've been absent, just busy and into a little different routine. Best to all.

Dave & Deb
 

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Thanks, Deb. That house looks fantastic, but tough.

Thanks. Dave was grumbling, but the builder left us the place to ourselves. My main worry was hanging off the back of those treads to finish the upholstery. Used 2 ladders and a scrap 2x6 to scaffold those landings. Made 2x on this job that we would have made in Toronto. There was method in our madness ....
 

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That looks like some real tricky work there Deb
It seems that you and Dave have fallen onto your feet by moving. I am glad for you and Dave
Still thinking how close we came to meeting you two in Toronto :)
 

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Thanks. Dave was grumbling, but the builder left us the place to ourselves. My main worry was hanging off the back of those treads to finish the upholstery. Used 2 ladders and a scrap 2x6 to scaffold those landings. Made 2x on this job that we would have made in Toronto. There was method in our madness ....

Madness is good! :D
Sounds like you are doing well work wise, and that's great. It's cool working in those super nice homes to see how the other 'half" lives. ;)
Your post count is worse than mine, so pick up the pace a bit, Deb. :p
If ya do, I'll show you some photos. ( cheap attempt to garner additional post counts here at Flooring Forum) :D
 

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This one was a beauty; I tried to get a shot of the front, but I couldn't get back any further due to the number of vehicles parked behind our van. All I could get was the facade, but you guys will get the gist. Can't wait to see the finished product on the Grand Opening.

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Something is wrong with that picture, Deb.
No concrete should be there till after all of the flooring is installed. I thought new construction requirements demanded a sand/dirt/mud entrance during all phases of construction.
Maybe that's just an Oregon requirement. :D

Wow, that's a nice place.
 

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This is a show home and we are almost at the end of November, they had to get the walkway and drive in before the weather prevented it. We had our first substantial snowfall last night. We like this builder, hope the shop gets the contract, his houses are cleaned out and ready to go, and each trade has lots of elbow room to get finished.

The first new house we did last winter had no furnace, but small electric heaters in the basement ~ there was ice on the concrete walls; I warned the builder that his flooring would take a beating once the furnace was operational, but we haven't heard anything about any post-installation problems.
 

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Something is wrong with that picture, Deb.
No concrete should be there till after all of the flooring is installed. I thought new construction requirements demanded a sand/dirt/mud entrance during all phases of construction.
Maybe that's just an Oregon requirement. :D

Wow, that's a nice place.

Mud driveways are common here, too. And the house is usually 200-300 feet from the street. Carrying everything in from the street is good exercise. :D
 

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Gee, so glad I don't do new construction anymore. Hey, lets put in the white carpet with no heat and before all the other trades are finished. doh. And then the GC asks how your going to keep the carpet clean because now it is your problem instead of his.

Nope nope nope, no more new construction. Been in 10 million dollar houses to 100 thousand condos and it always the same game.
 

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