Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Daily Log January 23&24, 2012

Who was on site
Larry, Doug, Roy, Duncan, Emily, Doug’s wife Katherine, Roy, Alex, Marj, Dorothy, Henry and Vince.

What Happened
We are nearing completion with many things, the closet doors are being hung, the toilets and sinks are installed as well as our water heat recovery units, Larry cut the counter tops with confidence for the sinks. Much door painting continues, clean up was done, as we had a considerable amount of cardboard building up. The light fixtures went in unit 519. The water is now on in both units with both bathrooms and kit sinks working, lot’s of nail hole filling and paint paint paint.

What next
More paint (details, details), closet shelves, furnace hook up to gas.

Still Needed
The carpet runner for the stairs will be done on our way out the door at the end, occupancy permits.

Volunteers
Many people have come together to keep this project moving forward, many thanks to you all.


Further down the road
We should be complete in the coming weeks, We will still need to do our final site grading and topsoil and seed in the spring.

Materials/Tools
All tools required are on site. We have our new saw.


Food and Drink
As per schedule
Many thanx to our food teams Especially to Mary Grey of Gravenhurst who continues to go beyond all expectations

Inspections
We will be requesting our occupancy permit’s in the next two weeks or so, final’s will not be until spring as the gas trenches [ 1 | 2 ]were just done pre Christmas. Which meant we could not finish our final driveway grading.

My thoughts
A huge thank you to all of you for your continued dedication to this worthy project, Thank you Darren from Muskoka Exteriors, Greensides thanx for the light, Muskoka air for the ducting Thank you Muskoka Cabinets for awesome work We are in the home stretch now ha ha things should click in to place A wonderful camaraderie has developed with many of our regular volunteers, I think some lasting friendships have developed. As a first timer with a Habitat Build this is truly great to witness and be a part of my Sincerest Thanks to you all

Monday, January 23, 2012

Habitat for Humanity Muskoka Press Release


Habitat for Humanity Muskoka Revs Up to Open a New Huntsville ReStore 
Thanks to a $119,200 Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant

Huntsville, Ontario (January 23, 2012): Thanks to a $119,200 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF), Habitat for Humanity Muskoka announced today the upcoming opening of their second ReStore. MPP for Parry Sound – Muskoka Norm Miller and Huntsville Mayor Claude Doughty joined OTF representative Glenda Davies and Linda Acton-Riddle Board President Habitat for Humanity Muskoka to announce the grant.

“We opened our first ReStore at the south end of Bracebridge in 2006 and it has been successful beyond our dreams. Now we’re thrilled to open our second ReStore in Huntsville in the spring of this year,” said Board President Linda Acton-Riddle. “With over 13,000 square feet and a great location on Crescent Road, we think the Huntsville ReStore is going to be a favourite destination for Muskokans in the Huntsville and surrounding areas.”Acton-Riddle went on to say, “A 2006 grant from OTF in was instrumental in the establishment of our first Bracebridge ReStore and now the Foundation has stepped up to the plate again.”

About the Habitat for Humanity Muskoka ReStore
Proceeds from store sales support Habitat’s goal of building affordable homes for low income families. Products that might otherwise needlessly end up in landfills are purchased by builders, contractors and the general public.

“You never know what you’ll find in our store...there is something for everyone, from gently loved furnishings to building materials and even that one-of-a-kind treasure you’ve been searching for,” said Retail Operations Manager, Kevin Manley.

The ReStore concept benefits both the wholesalers, retailers and individuals who donate products to be sold, as well as the consumers who purchase those products at a reduced cost.

Staffed mainly by volunteers, the Habitat Muskoka ReStore also works closely with the District of Muskoka and other community organizations and schools to provide leaning and work-place experience.

“When the first ReStore opened in Bracebridge, I remember how impressed I was with the concept. This latest grant will assist Habitat for Humanity Muskoka in their goal of helping to build affordable homes for families in Muskoka said Norm Miller, MPP for Parry Sound – Muskoka.”

About Habitat for Humanity Muskoka
Habitat for Humanity Muskoka was established as an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity Canada in 2002. Our first home was built in 2003. Since 2003, twelve homes have now been built by Habitat for Humanity Muskoka for families across Muskoka who may not otherwise be able to experience the joys and responsibilities of home ownership.

Through volunteer labour, efficient management and donations of money and materials, Habitat homes are built and sold to partner families at no profit. They are financed with affordable, no interest mortgages, geared to the families' financial circumstances.

Habitat for Humanity is not a give-away program. In addition to the mortgage payments, each homeowner contributes 500 hours of unpaid labour into the building of their home and other homes. This is called "Sweat Equity". Sweat equity increase pride of ownership and reduces Habitat's costs.
Without the passion and action of our Habitat for Humanity Muskoka volunteers, none of this would be possible. It is with thanks and enormous gratitude that Habitat for Humanity Muskoka recognizes the impact volunteers have on the work we do.

A bright future for home building projects through Habitat for Humanity Muskoka and further north.....
Plans are already under way for a construction start of our 13th and 14th homes in spring 2012 in Huntsville, and through an Adopt-A-Home partner agreement with a group of dedicated volunteers in Parry Sound two homes are also slated for the Town of Parry Sound construction in 2012/2013.

The Ontario Trillium Foundation in Ontario
As a leading grant maker in Canada, the Ontario Trillium Foundation strengthens the capacity of the voluntary sector through investments in community-based initiatives. An agency of the Government of Ontario, OTF builds healthy and vibrant communities. 

Giving back to the community is a core value of Habitat for Humanity Muskoka. Through community programs, Habitat brings volunteerism, do-it-yourself expertise, product donations and monetary grants to help meet the critical housing needs of low income families.
This would not be possible without support received such as that from The Ontario Trillium Foundation grant.

Ellen Frood
Executive Director Habitat for Humanity Muskoka 
Email: ellen @ habitatmuskoka.com 
Tel: 705-646-0106 
 1964 Muskoka Beach Rd. 
Gravenhurst, ON P1P 1R1

Friday, January 20, 2012

Daily Log January 19, 2012

Who was on site
Larry, Doug, Roy, Ken, Alex and Vince.
 From G.P.E.& H. we had Steve and Keith, Muskoka Air. We had Tyler From Greensides Electric. we had Steve and Skippy.

What Happened
We are nearing completion with many things; the closet doors are being hung, the toilets and sinks were installed today as well as our water heat recovery units. Larry cut the counter tops with confidence for the sinks. Much door painting continues, clean up was done as we had a considerable amount of cardboard building up. The light fixtures went in unit 519. The water is now on in both units with both bathrooms and kit sinks working.

What next
More paint (details, details), closet shelves, furnace hook up to gas.

Still Needed
The carpet runner for the stairs will be done on our way out the door at the end. Occupancy permits.

Volunteers
Many people have come together to keep this project moving forward, many thanks to you all.

Further down the road
We should be complete in the coming weeks. We will still need to do our final site grading and topsoil and seed in the spring.

Materials/Tools
All tools required are on site. We have our new saw.

Food and Drink
As per schedule.
Many thanx to our food teams, especially to Mary Grey of Gravenhurst, who continues to go beyond all expectations.

Inspections
We will be requesting our occupancy permits in the next two weeks or so. Final permit will not be until spring, as the gas trenches were just done before Christmas, which meant we could not finish our final driveway grading.

My thoughts
A huge thank you to all of you for your continued dedication to this worthy project. A wonderful camaraderie has developed with many of our regular volunteers. I think some lasting friendships have developed. As a first timer with a Habitat Build this is truly great to witness and be a part of. My sincerest thanks to you all.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Getting close to move-in day!

This is Makenna Gillmore…happy as can be and excited to move into her bubble gum pink bedroom!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Daily Log for January 11, 2012


Who was on site
Larry, Doug, Roy, Emily, Peter, and Vince (Project Manager), Jack lino installer
What Happened
We received our doors yesterday and Larry jumped right in to hanging them. 
The stairs were prepped for paint in preparation for the carpet runner.
Roy painted more window frames and Emily had a lesson in door painting. 
Jack the lino installer came and installed the lino in the front hall and bathroom.
What next
The HRV units will be delivered this week the flooring guy is planned for first thing next week After the Lino goes down we can install bath vanities and toilets (good bye cold seat).
Still Needed
The closet shelves may be covered in the Home Depot grant. The attic access holes need to be finished. We also need to get toilets and bath room sinks and the light fixtures.
Volunteers
Many people have come together to keep this project moving forward, many thanks to you all. Some more people in the finish carpentry area would be helpful.

Further down the road
The Kitchens will be checked on as they are in full swing. Bathroom vanities are complete and on site The kitchen guys are going to install the counter tops upon arrival. We should be complete in the coming weeks.

Materials/Tools
All tools required are on site.

Food and Drink
As per schedule.
Many thanx to our food teams, especially to Mary Grey of Gravenhurst who continues to go beyond all expectations.
Inspections
We will be requesting our occupancy permits in the next two weeks or so. Final inspection will not be until spring, as the gas trench’s were just done pre-Christmas, which meant we could not finish our final driveway grading.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Daily Log January 4, 2012


Who was on site
Larry, Roy, Emily and Vince.

What Happened 
The underlay plywood was installed in 517 for the linoleum and now 519. More trim went on and more paint was splashed around. Emily did some great clean up, which was overdue from the holiday work done.

What next
  The doors are still unaccounted for as we are waiting on a price from Simcoe Block still.
The HRV units will be delivered this week the flooring guy is planned for first thing next week.

Still Needed
The closet shelves may be covered in the Home Depot grant, awesome, the attic access holes need to be finished. With any luck we should hear from Simcoe Block about our door order Thursday. We also need to get toilets and bath room sinks. We are shopping for best price on a new trimming mitre saw.

Volunteers
Many people have come together to keep this project moving forward, many thanks to you all.  Some more people in the finish carpentry area would be helpful.

Further down the road
The Kitchens will be checked on as they are in full swing Bathroom vanities are complete and ready. The doors are being ordered and jambs for closets p/u. The kitchen guys are going to install the counter tops upon arrival. HRV units should be in this week.

Materials/Tools
All tools required are on site.  Permission granted for the pin nailers thank you  A new saw may arrive soon  The great guys at the kitchen shop are going to rip our window returns for us on their big table saw. Thank you.

Food and Drink
As per schedule.
Many thanx to our food teams, especially to Mary Grey of Gravenhurst who continues to go beyond all expectations.

Inspections
We will be requesting our occupancy permits in the next two weeks or so. Finals will not be until spring, as the gas trenches were just done preChristmas, which meant we could not finish our final driveway grading.

My thoughts
A huge thank you to all of you for your continued dedication to this worthy project.
Thank you: Darren from Muskoka Exteriors, Greensides, thanx for the light,  Muskoka air for the ducting. Thank you Muskoka Cabinets for the use of your table saw. A new year is upon us and I trust everyone had a safe and festive holiday. We are in the home stretch now.

Larry, Emily, Vince, the kitchen!

Emily, one of our beautiful home recipients for this Habitat build, has been making a photo diary of her Habitat home.

A cheerful, lively woman, with energy and spirit, she eagerly puts in her 500 sweat equity hours for her half of her new home, while holding down a job, like most of the house recipients!


Today's crew!
The backyard!


Vince Project Manager
kitchen is shaping up!

Larry


Sharpening the saw


Daily Log January 3, 2012
Who was on site
Larry, Roy, Alex, Dorothy and Vince.
 We had a new gentleman show up yesterday, Bob. He stayed long enough to drop off some tools and then was called away. We look forward to his return. Tyler from Muskoka Air was on site as well.

What Happened 
The underlay plywood was installed in 517 for the linoleum, more trim went on and more paint was splashed around. Tyler did more tin banging (duct work).

What next
  The doors are still unaccounted for, as we are waiting on a price from Simcoe Block.
The HRV units will be delivered this week the flooring guy is planned for first thing next week.

Still Needed
The closet shelves may be covered in the Home Depot grant. Awesome! The window return material needs a second coat. The attic access holes need to be finished. With any luck we should hear from Simcoe Block about our door order Tuesday We also need to get toilets and bath room sinks. We are shopping for best price on a new trimming mitre saw.

Volunteers
Many people have come together to keep this project moving forward, many thanks to you all.  Some more people in the finish carpentry area would be helpful.

Further down the road
The Kitchens will be checked on as they are in full swing Bathroom vanities are complete and ready The doors are being ordered and jambs for closets p/u The kitchen guys are going to install the counter tops upon arrival HRV units should be in this week.

Materials/Tools
All tools required are on site. Permission granted for the pin nailers. A new saw may arrive soon. The great guys at the kitchen shop are going to rip our window returns for us on their big table saw. Wow Thank you.

Food and Drink
As per schedule
Many thanx to our food teams. especially to Mary Grey of Gravenhurst who continues to go beyond all expectations.

Inspections
We are all up to date.

My thoughts
A huge thank you to all of you for your continued dedication to this worthy project. Thank you. Darren from Muskoka Exteriors, Greensides thanx for the light, Muskoka air for the ducting. Thank you.

 Muskoka Cabinets for the use of your table saw.
A new year is upon us and I trust everyone had a safe and festive holiday. We are in the home
stretch now.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Daily Log January 2, 2012 - no bare feet in this kitchen!


Who was on site
Larry, Doug and Vince

What Happened 
The Kitchen Crew was on site over the holiday and installed not one but both kitchens, counter tops still to come.  Larry, the man who can’t sit still for long, did some more trim over the time off  as well as some Monday.

What next
  Doors and trim then more doors and trim. The Home Depot community grant program is supplying our complete door knobs inside and out, as well as some extra money for odds and ends (maybe closet shelving). THANK YOU Chris (Team Depot Member).

Still Needed
The closet shelves may be covered in the Home Depot grant. Awesome! The window return material needs second coat. The attic access holes need to be finished. With any luck we should hear from Simcoe Block about our door order Tuesday.

Volunteers
Many people have come together to keep this project moving forward, many thanks to you all. Some more people in the finish carpentry area would be helpful.

Further down the road
The Kitchens will be checked on as they are in full swing Bathroom vanities are complete and ready. The doors are being ordered and jambs for closets p/u. The kitchen guys are going to install the counter tops upon arrival HRV units should be in this week.

Materials/Tools
All tools required are on site.  Permission granted for the pin nailers thank you. A new saw may arrive soon The great guys at the kitchen shop are going to rip our window returns for us on their big table saw. Wow! Thank you!

Food and Drink
As per schedule.
Many thanx to our food teams, especially to Mary Grey of Gravenhurst, who continues to go beyond all expectations.

Inspections
We are all up to date.

My thoughts
A new year is upon us and I trust everyone had a safe and festive holiday. We are in the home
stretch now, ha ha! Things should click into place