May 15-20 , 2006 // CONSTRUCTION LOG #84
Contact phone numbers
New York: 315-279-6711
Toronto: 416-907-5758 // 416-461-2203
Land: 506-282-4142 Ext. 101
NOTE: the New York and Toronto numbers are "local calls" for people in the area codes; calls from outside the area code will be billed at the normal rate from the caller's area code to either the "315" or the "416" area code.
Pictures: house 101, 124 / 125 and picture of a
The Story: Frustrations...
Weather: very little rain.
Units 101 / 102: This week has been devoted to
strengthening the lower level to adequately support
the 2nd floor and to adding the structural steel.
This work will continue throughout next week.
I'm beginning to get a feel for the finishings of 102:
I see this as being a high end unit so I'll have lots
of matching cabinetry in the kitchen/dining/living/and
office area -all of which are visually integrated. The
steel perlins will be covered with wood to give the
appearance of a beamed ceiling. The office will be
fully featured as well with cabinets and built-ins.
Granite will cover the entertainment unit in the
living room, the display cabinet as well as the
office. The terrace will have eye candy and will be
connected to the orchid garden and rancho. The master
bedroom is large and is next to the water fountain and
occupants will hear the dripping of water. In total
it is around 1,800 sf (175M). It wasn't my intention
to build this large a unit at this location but it
made best use of the space.
Lockers and 124 / 125 houses: All the form work has
been removed and the clean up of the lower locker area
is mostly complete. Lights have been added and the
form work and walls are being prepared for their
surface finishing (repella). All the structural
framing has been completed and the tin roof is on-we
are now dry. Exterior boarding has begun. This
should be largely completed by the end of next week.
We are beginning to form the stairs.
Landscaping: The garden is happy. We are still
adding some plants and moving others.
Roadway: we are making preparations to finish off the
east roadway with asphalt. Most of the concrete will
have been poured when we finish the stairs to 124
/125. Asphalting will make a big and will allow us to
get most of the parking arrangements in place as well
as clean up that side of the property. We're all
looking forward to this.
Electrical System Upgrade: The distributor of the
transformer said the switch was abused. No one could
find any mark on the outside of the transformer to
indicate abuse. I feel we are getting shafted for
$650; there's nothing we can do about it but deliver
a message along with the check and vow to never use
this company again.
Marketing: The closing of 109 is delayed a few days.
I'm working on completing the furnishings of 120 and
some modifications to 10 which consists mainly of an
electric hot water tank.
Next Project: We have asked the lawyer to draft the
offer. In preparation for this offer, we found the
land has some additional encumbrances which caused us
to redraft the initial deal we outlined. The vendor's
lawyer has a copy of the offer.
Frustrations: Scotiabank: As if setting up a new
account wasn't frustrating enough (3 weeks and
countless conversations and trips) now we add debit
cards to the list! The first one issued to Paul
didn't work. We took the branch manager to lunch and
said that IF it didn't bloody well work, she was
paying. It worked-she breathed a sigh of relief and
admitted that the tweeking she had done prior to our
luncheon seemed to have worked. Off I went to
PriceSmart where I proceeded to spend a hour gathering
cleaning products, basic furnishings, a washer/dryer
as well as a dishwasher -probably around $1,800 worth.
Rang it all through and the debit card wouldn't work.
After 30 min. of phone calls and conversations with
various PriceSmart people, I walked away and returned
defeated to a stiff drink. Later we found out that
the debit card has a limit of $1,000-for "our
protection". I view "protection" as not walking
around with $1,000 plus in my pocket!!!!. We tried
to get the limit increased-no, that can't be done...
(well two days later and numerous phone calls, we
might get a special exemption). Why don't we get a
credit card instead of a debit card? Scotiabank does
not have corporate credit cards!!!!!! Only personal
ones... We tried get two debit cards-each with a
$1,000 limit. Yes, we could have two cards, but with
a $500 limit each... and we are not getting one
colone of interest on money in our savings account.
Is this a client oriented bank?
Scotiabank is having their annual meeting on May 29 at
the Marriott Hotel-a very fancy, elegant place. Paul
and I -not our wives-were invited to a 2 hr. cocktail
party. This involved dressing up-already a bummer (but
I could understand)- and now that Lita couldn't go... I
Furishings: For a client I'm trying to buy two sets
which included a matched set of loveseat/sofa bed and
two chairs. I can't get them. Chairs don't come in
the same material... and the salesman was playing fast
a loose with the price and the delivery. After the
2nd. trip I returned again empty handed and am asking
the client for direction. If he tells me to shoot the
bugger I'd be happy to.
Dentist: the cavity was filled expertly-$50. My
crown will cost $250-it's way at the back and a bit
We've had some great meals this past week -some we've
done and one Terry did, which as usual blew us all
away and it was way too much- but there's always the
next few nights for leftovers!!!!
Lita has come to the conclusion that Stilton cheese
and port wine is the way to finish a meal-as long as
the "meal" is only dinner, fine!
We got the picture I commissioned for her 50th
birthday. It is as we order-a view of her with the
parrot with some tropical background and a waterfall.
All is great EXCEPT for some reason, she ended up with
a "Jay Lenno jaw" which in no way is accurate and is
not very becoming. We are not very happy and are
deciding how to handle the situation. This $600
painting might become relegated to the closet the
diamond bracelet will last forever!.
Brian, Lita, Hugo and irreverent Vicka, the pigeon