Birds chirping, boats on the lake, people out gardening and walking, and of course, hammers and saws: these are all the sounds of spring in the Shuswap.
Each year, when the snow and cold finally recede, there’s always a brief window of opportunity for us to pour foundations for the year’s slate of new home projects. The timing is critical--if we wait too long, we miss the chance to deliver concrete and other heavy materials to our jobs, given the inevitable road bans that the government imposes during the critical thaw period. Naturally, failing to pour new foundations during this time can jeopardize the entire building schedule, so we’re very diligent and focused on deadlines at this time of the year.
That’s certainly been the case with this beautiful new home we’ve commenced in MacArthur Heights for clients relocating from the Lower Mainland. Our diligent, hardworking foundation crew did an outstanding job working through extreme weather conditions on a challenging lot. The result was that we were able to pour and subsequently strip the home’s foundation walls. However, February’s extreme -20 degree cold snap did set us back somewhat, preventing us from our goal of having the foundation back-filled prior to road bans. Our goal is to make up for lost time when we are finally able to move machinery and materials onsite later in the spring.
Behind the scenes, our clients are currently meeting with our interior design team to start selections for plumbing fixtures, cabinets, appliances, stairwell design, windows and doors. Exterior selections are primarily complete. We’re also busy planning with the excavations necessary for septic system and retaining walls.
When complete, this West Coast contemporary home will offer outstanding west-facing Shuswap lake views. We’ve been particularly gratified to hear from neighbourhood walkers, who have repeatedly commented about how nicely the foundation fits on the lot.