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  • Boarders, mudders, sanders, oh my

    I was lucky to reconnect with Ivan, who did the drywall at my house. He assembled a team of pros that got to work as the last glass panel was being...
  • Wonder wall

    When I started planning, I found inspiration in the recently built Dalmunach distillery in Scotland. I loved the window wall and wanted to my "mode...
  • A warm, waterproof blanket

    Neal and I took the insulation from the temporary wall and started filling the 2X6 walls with Roxul bat insulation. I'm happy I went with Roxul sto...
  • A step closer to power

    After buying our still, my dad started looking for a transformer to provide American 3-phase power to its control panel. He found an electrician se...
  • Rough time roofing / RIP Brian

    Despite his religious aversion to alcohol, my friend Todd agreed to roof the distillery (he also did the roof at my house 12 years ago). Todd is su...
  • The road to a slab

    Despite the cold, the team pushed on to get ready to pour the slab. I originally wanted polished concrete floors at my house but ended up hiring a ...
  • Winter Woes

    The weeks of -20C temperatures has taken a toll on my schedule and moral. Merv's team spent a week digging the plumbing trenches with both a hoe ra...
  • Pressing on

    The brutal cold continues but the team pushes forward despite it. Len from Valley Rent Rite brought us the scissor lift again so we can get the Tyv...
  • Winter is here

    I built my house in the winter and was scarred by the experience. I didn't want to be working in the cold again and pushed hard to get enclosed bef...
  • It's a slippery slope

    No sooner than we were done with the SIPs, the trusses for the flat roof arrived. The design called for 16" open-web joists on 16" centers to accom...
  • Taking a SIP

  • Tricky trusses

    My architect, Paul, originally called from the pitched roof to be supported by timber beams and posts. I didn't like the idea of posts since I figu...