Demolition – Major Milestone!

July was an exciting month! With remediation complete, we were able to proceed with the demolition of two properties, and finally get a peek inside the historic Sharland grocery! LMT made very quick work of both houses – they came down very quickly and efficiently, all in one morning! A day later, they had the ground filled and packed and …

Rim Joist Remediation – Part 3

Assess the condition of the wall, as well as the assembly components Protect the rim joist assembly and foundation below with a WRB Create an exterior air barrier to be sealed to the foundation wall and (at minimum) the subfloor (ideally the bottom plate of the stud wall). We will continue the air barrier on the interior wall and seal …

Rim Joist Remediation – Part 2

In Rim Joist Remediation – Part 1, we discussed the as built conditions of the joist assembly at the main floor. Next we created an air barrier and WRB using VP160. Assess the condition of the wall, as well as the assembly components Protect the rim joist assembly and foundation below with a WRB Create an exterior air barrier to …

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Rim Joist Remediation Part 1

As we are limited in what we can do in the interior until the asbestos is removed, we have begun tackling the exterior at the main floor rim joist. We were not 100% sure what we would find, but we had several goals: Assess the condition of the wall, as well as the assembly components Protect the rim joist assembly …

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Tree Removal

Although our ever-evolving site plan is not complete, and thus, the final landscaping plan unknown, we decided to tackle a couple of the Green Ash trees along Washington Ave. We plan to keep these trees as they will be within the setback area regardless of the final unit configuration. However, three trees planted quite close together (one with a split …

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Finding the Floor

We had a busy and exciting day at the Sharland House getting a little bit closer to the original wood floors we hope to restore by removing the carpet and underlay. We had a good idea of the floor layers we would be dealing with since sneaking a peek near the HVAC vents – carpet (and underlay), vinyl tile, a …

Recycled Kitchen Cabinets from Ikea

It’s always nice to see the big guys taking environmental initiatives and Ikea has done just that with their new line of kitchen cabinets, the Kungsbacka line. Not only is this cabinet quite stylish (it was designed in collaboration with Swedish design studio Form Us With Love), the cabinets are made from reclaimed industrial wood and recycled plastic bottles (each …

Recycled Rubber Roofing

Cube and Block recently visited Euroshield Roofing in Calgary in search of the perfect roofing system for McKenzie Mews. We are not eager to use typical asphalt shingles as their lifespan in our climate is pretty low (they are extremely susceptible to hail and wind storms), and they are one of our worst choices from an environmental perspective – short …