Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Rain, Rain, Go away.....and don't bother coming back another day!

There are so many factors that go into building a house, especially right at the beginning stages when there are so many pieces of the puzzle which must come together to maintain good flow during the building process.  We sub-contract most of our framing and concrete work so we are at the mercy of our trades and their schedules for the first month or so, windows and roofing materials can take a little time to come in so we are sometimes delayed a bit waiting for windows, clients make changes to layout or finishes which can result in re-framing or re-ordering materials.... but in the case of our current builds, it has been the weather....the weather has not been on our side for the last month...and I don't think the tourist in Prince Edward County are liking all the rain either!

We were almost closed in at County Road 1 (our own house) when is started raining, and raining and raining.  That meant that the ground was too soggy to drive a full concrete truck on, which means that our basement didn't get poured, which means that the basement windows didn't get installed, which means that we cannot proceed with any of the rough ins for plumbing or electrical, which means....well you get the picture!  When it comes to building a house ONE thing effects EVERYTHING!  So our house looks pretty much the same as it did 3 weeks ago in the last post.....

We have been able to make a little progress on the house at Morrison Point.  We have a few days reprieve from the rain in the last couple weeks and our framers have been able to work intermittently. The drainage there is pretty good on this site, so we got our backfill done as well.

Hopefully we will have a little more progress to show in our next post!

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

June Updates

As promised, some updated information and pictures of current projects!

Morrison Point - New Build

We have a hole and foundation at this project in Morrison Point.  Its going to be a bit of a hike for all our suppliers but we think this location is lovely.  If you haven't ventured into the southern parts of Prince Edward County you should take a drive, you won't be disappointed!

Wellington - New Build

We have been working with a client and architect on this interesting and exciting custom home in Wellington.  The idea here is Modern Barn/Farmhouse. Love the concept for the exterior and I can't wait to get into the finish selections for this job!

Our House

We have a roof and windows at our house! We've fallen in love with the porch...soooo much better than we could have imagined.  For a 2300 sq ft house it looks HUGE....I'm blaming that one on the angled garage.
Roofing and mechanical work (ie. plumbing rough in, electrical rough in and HVAC) are all happening this week....if only it would stop raining long enough for things to dry up.  We can't pour our basement or do any grading until the ground dries out a bit!

Thursday, 11 June 2015

We're Growing!

We are excited to be expanding and we are looking to add some new members to our team!  It takes a number of people to create the beautiful homes that we build every day and each person in our company has a role to play.  When you flip through our Gallery and Blog and look at our past projects you will see all the beautiful details that were designed by our designer, arranged and ordered by our office support and then executed by our trades, skilled carpenters and site team. There is not one person who IS Hickory Homes we are most definitely a collaborative work environment.  If this sounds like the type of place you could work than we are looking to fill the following positions:

Experienced Carpenter - Full Time (Wages negotiable and based on experience)
This person should have the following traits:
- ready and able to work on all aspects of the building process (specifically finishing: trim work, tiling etc)
- have their own tools and be able to transport themselves to any job site in and around the County
- a good, positive and problem solving attitude is an asset!
- good knowledge of the building process and building code

Office Support - Part Time (with possibility of Full Time) Wages negotiable
This person should be:
- Organized, self motivated and flexible
- A good people person and have a positive attitude
- Computer proficiant
- Knowledge of the building industry would be an asset (but not necessary)
- Basic accounting skills would be an asset (but not necessary)

If you feel you, or someone you know, would enjoy working at Hickory Homes please send a resume to kyle@hickoryhomes.ca or call 613-922-9276 to schedule a meeting.

Monday, 8 June 2015

Wellbanks Meadows #4 - Finishing

We are in the end stages of another build in the Welbanks Subdivision in Picton.  We will be starting the next set of Semi-Detatched units this week.
The new owners of this semi decided to go with lots of different colours, and I think the wall colours in the living room co-ordinate nicely with the tile flooring in the kitchen area.

Cant wait to show you the finished product in a couple weeks!