Friday, August 26, 2011


DAILY  LOG August 26, 2011

Who Was On-Site?
Larry, Fred, Bill, Mike, Rick, Steve and Janice, DougP, Michael O’Grady (Project Manager)

What Happened?
More interior walls built after some serious brainstorming. Backing for drywall put up everywhere
needed (still some spots to be done). A good start on getting the roof up over the porch. A good start on
building and installing the landings in the stairwells.

What Next?
Monday, August 29 –Go to Barrie for the day to pick up products for roof
Tuesday, August 30 – Install roof products and shingles
Wednesday, August 31 – Continue installing SM Foam on truss gables and foundation.
Thursday, September 1 – Build forms for concrete pads and sills on Side Doors, and for Porch Stairs
Friday, September 2 – Pour concrete in pads and sills
Saturday, September 3 – Continue installing SM Foam, finish Side Door framing

Also during this period we will need to get the shingles installed on the roof, and Mike Vettese of
Gravenhurst Bay Cottage Services has volunteered to install the roof shingles for free and to supply
them at below cost. [Editor's note: having put new shingles on our last 3 homes, this is a $10,000 value.]

  • Many thanks to Mike Vettese of Gravenhurst Bay Cottage Services.
  • Many thanks to Jesse Campbell of Jesse Campbell Construction for volunteering his crew to install the Roof Truss Systems.
  • Many thanks to Jody Johnson of K J Masonry for helping Jesse Campbell get the Roof Truss Systems installed.
  • Many thanks to Home Building Center for supplying our wall framing materials.
  • Many thanks to Bob Chamberlain of Chamberlains Tim-Br-Mart for his interest in our build and his attention to detail.
  • Many thanks to Clyde McDuff of Ready Mix Concrete   for providing the concrete at cost, and for sending out Eddy and Trevor to deliver the concrete and help with the pour.
  • Many thanks to Brad Williams of Artistic Stone, and to Chuck and Eddy and Trevor for working a long hard day to get the two basement floors finished.
  • Many thanks to SMS Rentals in Bracebridge for supplying us with 2 (two!) concrete finishers.
  • Many thanks to John Smith of Carpet One in Bracebridge for agreeing to donate the carpet.

Further on Down the Road
Phase 2 -- The next portion of the Build is to get the Building Envelope secured. This means letting
the licensed professionals in to do their thing. This Phase involves:

  • Roofers
  • Wind Barrier Installers
  • Window and Door Installers
  • Siding, Soffit and Flashing Installers
  • Electricians
  • Plumbers
  • Tin-bashers (HVAC guys)
  • Insulators

During this time the need for Volunteers is going to be decreased. Of course, everyone is welcome to
come out to the Site, but don’t be surprised or disappointed if there isn’t much to do. Hopefully this
phase will not last more than 2 weeks.

Phase 3 – This is the other portion of the Build where our wonderful hard-working Volunteers are
once again in great demand. This Phase involves:

  • DrywallingTrimwork and Doors
  • Painting (everybody’s favourite!)
  • Floor Installation (sheet goods, hardwood, carpet)
  • Cabinet Installation
  • Final Grading and Landscaping
  • Patting ourselves on the back for a job superbly done

Monday, August 29 –8 Volunteers
Tuesday, August 30 – 8 Volunteers
Wednesday, August 31 – 8 Volunteers
Thursday, September 1 – 8 Volunteers
Friday, September 2 – 8 Volunteers
Saturday, September 3 – 8 Volunteers

Engineered Floor Systems, wall framing materials, Roof Truss Systems, SM Foam, skill saw, hammers,
levels, squares, tape measures, tool belts, ladders, roof shingles.
Engineered Roof Truss Systems from Pioneer Trusses.
Sheathing, blocking and web-bracing for Roof Truss Systems from Chamberlain’s Tim-Br-Mart.
Wall framing materials from Home Building Center.
Windows and doors from Muskoka Windows and Doors.
30 Year 3-Tab Shingles from Mike Vettese of Gravenhurst Bay Cottage Services.
Concrete floors in the basement from Ready Mix Concrete

Food and Drink
Many thanks to Oliver’s Coffee of Gravenhurst for providing us with their delicious coffee and muffins.
Many thanks to Jimmy’s Home Made Subs for providing us with a delicious lunch on Thursday.
Many thanks to the Catholic Women’s League for providing us with a delicious lunch on Friday.
  Be sure and call 644-3138 around 8:30 a.m. for a final head count.


  • For framing
  • For plumbing, electrical and HVAC rough-ins
  • For insulation and vapour barrier
  • For occupancy and final

My Thoughts
The framing of the Delta Muskoka Build is pretty well finished. What remains is finishing the area in the
Master Bedroom Walk-In Closet, the Stairs, and the Side Doors.
Anyone who has followed the Daily Log over the last month might have noticed certain names of
Volunteers appearing quite frequently. These wonderful Volunteers, who have come out for the framing
portion of the Build quite regularly, have actually congealed into a first rate framing crew – one of the
best I have ever had the privilege to work with. This crew is now good enough to actually work
professionally (that is, if these fine people were not all retired and had no interest at all in getting back
into the work force).
This is one of those great things about a Habitat for Humanity Build. When this crew of Volunteers first
started coming out to the Build, they were, for the most part, green. But they came to learn, and learn
they did, and now they are all pretty competent framers.
So, who wants to learn about building a house? Well, come on down to the Delta Muskoka Build Site!

Mike O'Grady
Construction Project Manager
1964 Muskoka Beach Road
RR 1 Gravenhurst ON P1P 1R1
705-646-0106 Ext 204
mike @

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