18.9.11

Update: Marsh Hill Studio 54 Still under construction

Front view of house, cedar shake and metal roof finished from Scotia Metal Products.
Front view of the house, cedar shake
and metal roof finished from Scotia Metal Products.

The wolf can huff and puff on our sturdy little house while we two little piggies will be sipping on our 'special' hot chocolate, toasty and happy, looking over the Atlantic Ocean. Both buildings are soundproof, no ants, bugs, wind, water, or moisture is going to penetrate our walls. We decided to go with the new building material called ICF made in Surrey BC instead of stick wood construction that is the traditional way of building most homes. Canada invented this style of the building using styrofoam blocks and poured concrete, keeping the home temperature regulated and better suited for intense weather conditions.



Amazing how time flies when you’re building a home and how the bank account dwindles! Our studio spaces and Euro-style home is starting to look more like a house than a bunker! Read previous blog entry of the start; clearing land and beginning building.


In-floor heating tubes.
In-floor heating tubes.

Demiliec Closed cell 2 lb spray foam ceiling insulation  for air tight leak proof roof.
Demiliec Closed cell 2 lb spray foam ceiling insulation
 for airtight leak proof roof.

In floor heating with insulation  over the tubing and ready for concrete pouring.
In-floor heating with insulation 
over the tubing and ready for concrete pouring.

ICF block building Started in MAY 2011
ICF block building Started in MAY 2011

ICF Quad lock looks like lego,  then concrete is poured inside the blocks
 ICF Quad lock looks like lego,
then concrete is poured into the blocks
for an airtight, soundproof, bug proof and waterproof walls.

The walls are made from ICF Quad Lock styro form blocks filled with concrete in two stages. We opted for in-floor heating under concrete floors for an ambient heat throughout the main house and studio/garage space. 



wo ways to open windows and doors called tilt and turn... European style windows from Polytech Products Ltd.
Two ways to open windows and doors called tilt and turn...
European style windows from Polytech Products Ltd.

Windows were a big deal for us, wanting to capture the incredible views as well to get natural light throughout the spaces. This type of window from Polytech Products made in Cape Britain NS, each order is custom and made from plastics/poly rather than glass, creating a heavy-duty surface for the intense Atlantic winds to bounce off while creating an airtight seal. Windows open two ways, from the side opening into the home as well it pops open from the top but closed tight on the bottom so while the winds are blowing, you can still have airflow without the winds whipping everything off the walls and tables... is a sure way to get the dust off the table tops!


I decided not to have a fireplace but rather the available space to hang art works. I am not that fond of cleaning fireplaces and all the hoopla that goes into having a wood burning fire place. I always find fireplaces get the home too hot and then I need to open windows, defeating the purpose of fire heat. It's romantic but I can get over it! 



Blue Metal roof is corrugated  and matching blue fascia on studio/garage space.
Blue Metal roof is corrugated
 and matching blue fascia on studio/garage space.

We looked at different roofing systems and since our roof is slopped and yet flat, we wanted something that is practical and yet doesn't break our budget. We settled on the practical barn type blue metal roof with the matching blue metal fascia...which saved us about $3,000.00 from traditional fascia style. 



First row of freshly cut eastern  cedar shake from New Brunswick
First row of freshly cut eastern
cedar shake from New Brunswick



Cedar shake corners just getting started...
Cedar shake corners just getting started...

We where fortunate in our timing to luck out on some great deals to buy cedar shake since the building of houses in the eastern USA has near stopped, the freshly cut cedar shake has to be used immediately as it drys into shape once applied carefully by builders. This siding will last longer then the years we will be alive and it can take a sh't kicking from Atlantic ocean winds. we also decided to not paint and go with the natural greying of cedar shake allowing a fusion of the house blending visually into the natural landscape. The land all around us will eventually have bushes, wildflowers, etc. that fill in the spaces of the scrappy alder-bushes that used to cover the hillside.


Back of house and studio space..notice the roof lines that slant.
Back of house and studio space..notice the roof lines that slant.

Building our own home has been a HUGE learning experience, to say the least, and thankfully we have creative builders who were willing to build for us, taking on the challenge with only a few details to get started. John Brannen and Jordan Maerz have indulged us creative folk to design with them a practical, heavy duty, and yet funky building that reflects who Jim and I are as two creative beings. We have been open to all their expertise and are totally ecstatic about how it’s all turning out to be a very unique building that the locals have been most curious in our small town Seaforth, Nova Scotia


Studio& garage building
Art studio & garage building

our building fits into the landscape almost unseen in the distance.
View lines from the hillside neighbours...
our building fits into the landscape.

Our hillside neighbours are thrilled as we designed the buildings to fit into the landscape rather than on top and to keep it from blocking their precious views as much as we could muster. Our cedar shake will turn grey and the blue roof blends into the water view so they will not see much of anything from the presence of our buildings.

Moving into our new home will certainly NEED a celebrating housewarming party... have a wonderful fall...Minaz Jantz

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