MERA Christmas Fair

Once again I will be participating in the MERA Christmas Fair as part of the Schoolhouse Weavers this Saturday.  This sale showcases a lot of talented artisans and is a major fundraiser for MERA.  I look forward to seeing you there!   Kelly

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Construction Progress Update 3

The biggest change to the house since my last post is that we now have windows and doors, yay! The windows are triple pane argon filled European style tilt-and-turn windows from Bonnechere Valley Windows in Eganville, Ontario.  From other blogs that I have read, it seems that many passive house builders have chosen to purchase […]

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Construction Progress Update 2

Progress is being made with the second floor now framed and roof trusses installed. You will notice in the above pictures that all the windows have a box around them.  To help make this house energy efficient, our exterior walls will be thicker, with more insulation than your average house build.  To do this, we […]

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Construction Progress Update 1

With the great weather we have been having since construction started in August, the house has been progressing quite well, faster than I can write a blog post about it.  Framing has started and it looks like this: Framing of the second floor has started and I will hopefully have pictures soon. Meanwhile, on the the […]

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Construction Has Begun

We had hoped to begin building in the spring of this year.  First, our drawings were done later than expected.  Then there was the arduous task of getting contractors to quote on the build.  I guess in the end, it all worked out.  With the rainy spring and summer we’ve had, I’m not sure how […]

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The House

Since purchasing the property, we have had lots of time to think about what type of house we would build.  We started out thinking about a house in the Ontario Farmhouse style, then possibly a log house, then relocating an old log house that was built in the Ontario Farmhouse style. But traditional house plans […]

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Why McDonalds Corners?

Before purchasing our property, we had only been to McDonalds Corners once before, 25 years ago, when looking to buy a wood stove for our first house.  Wood ‘N Energy was there and they sold Vermont Casting stoves.  The store was located in an old wood framed building that is still standing, looking at it […]

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And So It Begins

A couple of years ago my husband and I began thinking about a move back to the country.  We live in a quiet rural subdivision with a large 2+ acre lot close to schools, a hospital and shopping – perfect for raising two little boys who were then just 3 and 5 years of age. […]

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A New Old Wheel

I have long admired the beauty of a Canadian Production Wheel (CPW).   Long before I became a spinner, I would see them at antique and flea markets and wish I had one, if nothing more than something beautiful to look at.  However, my practical nature always kicked in, nothing is just to look at, […]

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