Friday, June 24, 2011

Friday Musings - My House and My City

It occurs to me that you have never seen the outside of the lovely house we call home.  I am about to show it to you in a terrible and sanded down state because it's currently undergoing a facelift.  For those of you like me who are not accustomed to wet weather homes built from cedar (oh, I miss brick!) here's a look at the extraordinary amount of maintenance that these houses require.  Workers have been here for 3 days and I am anticipating about 7-10 additional days.  That is only if the weather cooperates.  Don't hold your breath 'cause it IS Vancouver.

Cedar planks needed to be pulled off and replaced before it was all sanded and filled.

Clearly the back of the house has a lot more bad than good going on.  There's nothing but filler.
I'll keep you posted on the updates and hopefully you'll see a brand new beautiful exterior soon.

Any of you who are hockey fans probably know that beautiful Vancouver was the victim  of an outrageous riot last week after hooligans took to the streets when the Canucks lost the Stanley Cup to Boston Bruins.  There were cars burned, windows smashed, property stolen fires set.  

It was a beautiful sight for me yesterday as I spent the day downtown.  Where glass store fronts had been smashed there were plywood panels installed.  They have been referred to as the "Wall of Hope" and each of them are filled to the brim with signatures of people who love the city and want to send good wishes.  

My daughter and her friend leave their message

I love the message, "Be good role models man".  Truer words have never been spoken.


  1. What an absolutely lovely home you have! Thanks for sharing, even in it's mid-facelift state, it's beautiful! Can't wait to see the end result!!

    I heard on the news about the riots. So sad.
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  2. Beautiful home! Good luck with the job and we're looking forward to the 'after' pictures! Cheers!

  3. It is no surprise that your home is beautiful, even in its current state. I love the quirky roofline and the little dormer. Lovely :)

  4. Your home is so beautiful! I'm sure it's a pain in the ass to maintain but it's so worth it for all that gorgeous wood! Really loved the comment 'sorry for your loss but at least you will be remodelled' on the ply board! Always look on the bright side!

  5. We had some friends over yesterday here in Munich and a German friend of mine - who LOVES Vancouver and has visited many times - told me about the riots but more importantly about the incredibly outpouring of support following the riots...what a fantastic community!

  6. Hi Carol- Thanks for following! I just read through a bunch of your project posts (very inspiring!) and always love seeing house transformations like your house is undergoing I'm your newest follower :) Looking forward to seeing the house painted!

  7. Vancouver was at the bottom of my list as 'city most likely to riot after a sporting event'... unfortunately a small bunch of people proved me wrong :/

    And can't wait to see pics of the house once the work is done :)


  8. You have a beautiful Home Carol. I can see past the work that is being done!

  9. Love your home Carol. And you live in one of the best places in West Van!

  10. Your exterior has so much character (even in its current state). Your landscaping looks really pretty.

  11. Your home is beautiful! So much character and charm. It will look stunning all repainted. We have cedar on our exterior, and you're right- it's a maintenence pain! I did hear about the riots. I feel so bad that the city had to endure that. But it's so refreshing to see the goodwill of people to pick up the pieces again! :)

  12. When I was quickly strolling down the pictures before even reading, I thought your house look beautiful and charming. I am sure it will be more fabulous after it's all painted.


  13. I LOVE your exterior windows! Can't wait to see how it looks all painted and snazzy.

  14. You are very lucky to live in Vancouver, and your house is so classic and beautiful. Lucky to live there too! Be sure to show us after pics!

  15. I also live in a
    cedar home with
    Minnesota, USA! So,
    YES, I know all about
    the maintenance! But
    I still love the look,
    don't you? Lucky you,
    to be in Vancouver. I
    love that part of the
    world. I've only been
    to Victoria, but that
    was lovely. My folks
    live in the Pacific NW,
    so it's in my blood!
    Happy Weekend,
    xx Suzanne

  16. I LOVE the outside of your house!! So much character. Can't wait to see the finished product!

  17. Your home is beautiful even in it's current state! What charm! I know you have something even more beautiful in the making!
    I've never understood barbaric...we aren't cavemen anymore...well hopefully most of us aren't anyway.

  18. ugh. stupid blogger didn't post my comment. I said that your house looks lovely, and from our porch project I understand your in of maintenance, but ours is after probably 80 years of re-painting as opposed to maintenance every 7-10. It will look great once it's done, hope those workers get some good weather! And I love the wall of hope - why isn't the media reporting on THAT??

  19. I love the outside of your house! It has great character. What colour are you painting it?? Andrea

  20. Cedar might be a pain to keep maintained but it's really charming. It's hard waiting for it to get to that point though.

    It made me sad to see what happened to your city after the hockey loss. I never understand the outrage that some sports fans feel over something so trivial. Makes me wonder if they'd react as passionately to the a real cause like the treatment of women in some countries or abuse of children.

  21. Your home is so lovely! The style is great and cedar shingles or clapboard has always been my most favourite style. I always find it sad to see towns plastered in vinyl siding, especially when you know there is beautiful wood siding underneath it that just needs love. :)

  22. Your house is beautiful, even sanded down I can see that it is a gorgeous place, totally charming, can't wait to see the end result :)

    It was pretty upsetting watching what went down, only takes a few punks to ruin things for everyone, just glad its over!

  23. Your house it like a fairytale cottage! I love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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