Stanley's Blog

Monday, November 30, 2009

John's a daddy

Happy news along the shores of Eagle Lake. John Allen (our guide) and his wife Leeann had a 7 lbs. 7 oz. baby boy on November 25th. Both Mom and baby are doing great, and John is a very proud Daddy!!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

House foundation

Building a house can also be as much fun moving / shopping for a house.. When we decided to build, I put together a timeline in my head to have the old house down in August, have the contractor start in September, and would like to have it all closed in before the heavy snow arrives in November / December. Now remember, that was the plan, and we all know how the best laid plans go.

The demolition went along as planned, and after only 40 dump truck loads of debris to the land fill, the site was ready. I decided to dig down right to the bedrock, we have problems with the frost and unstable ground in this area, so I wanted to be sure this house wasn't going to ever move. We also have a problem with bedrock in this area, you never know what it is doing underneath the soil.

So here is a picture of my daughter about 9 ft down from grade on the bedrock. So we'll have a crawlspace at the front of the house and a basketball court at the back.

On September 1st, my contractor started laying things out, right on schedule. The footings were difficult due to the quick changing slope of the rock, and the fact that the soil was all clay. If you add a little water to the clay, you get a nice mud!!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Where have the blog posts been??

Yes it has been awhile since we posted any updates of what has been happening at Stanley's, so I thought I better get back on track and give everyone a good excuse for my lapse in writing. Well the photos below should sum alot of it up. (for those who don't know what they are looking at, this is our house / office at the resort)

This was the house that I grew up in, so it was tough to tear it down, but mother nature and father time both took their toll, on the building, so Chantal and I decided with was time to start from scratch.

I am sure that everyone who has moved before can attest to the joy of the whole experience. With this being said, we did this at the same time as running the camp, tearing down the old house and readying a new place to live. The new place to live happened to be the staff apartments. After several weeks of renovations up there, we moved our family in at the end of July. Ally and Gavan are now sharing a room, but I have told them that the more they help me build the new house, the quicker that they will get their own rooms back.

Moving a complete working office was a challenge as well, as phones and Internet connections were not in place and all had to be added. Needless to say we are all settled and happy in our new spot. A little tightly packed in, but happy.

So what's next... oh yes a new house. That post will follow next.
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