We’re getting down and dirty to transform a century old livestock paddock into our first garden. With decades of manure rich soil, it’s a great place for growing some tasty produce. The tilling is complete. A selection of potatoes, cucumber, lettuce, tomatoes, carrots, and pumpkins will be planted soon.
“When people care” is the title of this Blog post because Cathy and I want to recognize some special people who have put total care into the making of our dream home. Let’s start with the guy who inspired this “caring people” theme.
“It makes a difference when people care,” said our general contractor, Eddy Prins, as (on Day 58 or so) he quietly yet proudly commented on the incredible Prinston Homes’ team of trades people. Eddy and his brother, Bob, are serious about quality, and there is serious truth in their observation that a caring attitude is a conduit to quality work.
Cathy and I absolutely love our new home — and that has everything to do with the flawless and enthusiastic experience that went into its construction. Signing a building agreement doesn’t make “caring” a contractual given. We are grateful for Prinston Homes for over-delivering on their amazing reputation of pride and quality. Thank you Matt, Scott, Steve, Mary Jane, Chad, Joe, Andy, Larry, Doug, Barrie, and a long list of other Prinston Homes colleagues, who cared just as much about the Pye family as Bob and Eddy Prins.
In addition to a great contractor, dream home plans require a great banker. Discovering Kawartha Credit Union was one of the best things I ever did when I moved to this community almost 15 years ago. Cathy and I wouldn’t have our dream land, or our dream home, if it wasn’t for the “lets make it happen” determination and the personalized “above and beyond” member service that we have received from Kawartha Credit Union’s Steve Self, Alan MacKay and Terri Maher. Talk about people who care! We can’t thank them enough for standing up for our family.
Speaking of family, let me Blog about a special part of ours. Her name is Katie Young and she epitomizes Eddy’s philosophy about people who care. Not only did Katie put her roof over our heads during our new home construction, she put her heart and soul into our family ever since Charlie and Katie’s daughter made our acquaintances in the day-care parking lot. Way to go Charlie! We couldn’t imagine life without Katie in it. Thanks for taking us in, Katie.
Finally, a BIG THANKS to everyone who has cared enough to follow our house-raising adventure via this Blog. We appreciate all of your “likes” and encouraging comments along the way. Our dream home is complete but that doesn’t suggest that our Pye Acres Blog has reached its final chapter. On the contrary, the Pye Acres Adventure is only getting started! Please keep following our Blog.
Here is a brief tour of our Prinston Home, including a photo of our first Thanksgiving dinner at our new kitchen table. Yes, we certainly have plenty to be thankful for.
Robert, Cathy, Charlie & Jack
After a test hole was dug last November, I stopped here on a crisp deer hunting morning and captured a magnificent morning moment with my Blackberry camera. With a rifle over my shoulder, I closed my eyes and tried to image what the next 12 months would bring. The reality surpassed my imagination. Our new home is complete, and it’s stunning. It all started with a field of dreams.
Today at Pye Acres, Cathy’s science students weren’t the only one’s working on good grades. As Grade 11 students enjoyed a hands-on lesson in tree identification and species classification, an A+ went to the bulldozer\high-hoe operator who gave our new home it’s final grade. It looks awesome.
In the words of Mark Twain, “I never let my schooling interfere with my education.” Obviously, the literary legend must have had a terrific teacher, like my amazing wife Cathy, who goes the extra distance to provide her students with special learning opportunities. Today’s class trip to Pye Acres is one of a dozen of more that we have thoroughly enjoyed hosting. The student’s enthusiasm for wide open spaces, and their fascination with wildlife, plant life and various creepy-crawlers, remind us why our outdoor opportunities are so important to share. I’m proud of Cathy for shaping our future’s environmental education, right in our own backyard.
In addition to the expert installation of soffits, fascia, eavestroughs and siding, there was a-whole-lotta’-shakin’-goin-on around our new home this past week. The shakes contrast brilliantly with the board and batten siding and they really make those timber accents stand-out. The siding is now making its way around the rest of the house. Inside, Andy and his trim work team returned to finish the rest of the baseboard trim. They also affixed all of the door handles and assembled our stunning new stairway railing. Only 11 more sleeps until we’ll be up and down those stairs with our moving boxes.
Also worth blogging about….
On Saturday night, another dream came true: an up-close and personal performance from Pete Anderson, the California-based guitar legend who produced 20 years of Dwight Yoakam music, etc, etc. Pete is the real deal and I respect his no-nonsense approach to delivering great music. His new album is called Even Things Up. It’s awesome.