"It is still pretty busy around here, but we just got occupancy so I thought I'd better send on a few words.
First I'd like to thank you all for your hard work and understanding, patience and attention to detail. Jim, I hadn't seen you in a while, you were over here within the hour when I needed you. I want you to know that it means a lot when I already know that you've got me covered when I need it most. I'm glad I didn't have to bug you much, but it was great knowing that you were there. I look forward to having a coffee, beer or glass of wine in the spring.
Mike, as on site coordinator from Prince George, it felt like you were a lot closer. I did have to bug you a couple times, but you didn't make me feel like I was bugging you. Quick and efficient and most importantly you were very effective, just what you need in an on site coordinator, again thank you for your work.
Larry, we got to have a few chats along the way and I want to thank you for never rushing me, taking the time to talk to me and giving me some of your advice. It is a pretty major step in your life, building a house, and you were able to give me some idea of the scope of the project without making it sound like it was too much, even for someone like me who has never taken anything on like this before.
So, now about the house. I don't like to bra...actually scratch that, I will brag. It is awesome. The package was great, it went up well and we had very little problems all the way through. I'm not a contractor, but I acted as general on this and it was pretty daunting at times. Living in Quebec, travelling back and forth and trying to do it on time and in our (really small) budget was hard, especially with a 4 year old and newborn at the same time. We bought a high end heat pump, and helped by a simple HRV system the house is warm and with low humidity all the time. We went with a double stud wall and it performs like you wouldn't believe (or maybe you would as it is your wall system). We have a fireplace in the middle of the house, an RSF Opel 3, it is awesome (though it is harder to get things done now that the couch is in front of it haha).
-funny story: the manager at Rona is interested in putting the same fireplace in his house and was asking me about the burn time. I had to answer that I didn't know as with the efficiency of the house, even at -5 I never throw more than a few pieces of wood on, and I let it go out at 9pm so that we don't cook everyone out of the house.
The truss floor system is the best invention since fire I think, I was able to pack in all of the ducting for the forced air system, the return air duct, the HRV ducting, the plumbing, all of the vents for 4 bathrooms, a range and also the RSF furnace supply air. Not only that but it made wiring and plumbing the house a dream to work in. I can't say enough about it.
I have lots of photos, I made sure and took them all the way through. I can send them on to you once I get some good completed photos if you like. I also don't mind doing a write up as I have no trouble endorsing your product or your people. If you want to stop by, you are all welcome anytime. Thanks again for everything that you do.
Oh, I can't forget Mary-ann (I'm not sure of the spelling as we only spoke on the phone). I phoned quite a few times and she was always very pleasant to talk to and always knew who could help me the best. Please pass this on to her as well. Also of course a big thanks to the drivers who were on time and helpful, the guys building the components who did an excellent job and everyone else that made this possible.
Ok, this ended up being a bit longer than I had thought, but hopefully the busy time of year isn't here yet and you have a chance to read it. Don't hesitate to phone or email if you have any questions, comments or requests. Thanks again and have a very good year."
- Wilf Geier