Personal – February 2016

February 9, 2016

I spent a weekend skiing in Mont Tremblant and can’t remember the last time I skied there in temperatures higher than -5C!  I’ve been going skiing with these guys once a winter for almost every year for the last 20 years.  They know I’m not a real sports guy yet they keep asking me to come along – the entire weekends conversation centres around sports and I get my fill of NFL sports and the super bowl.  Here we are on the lift and one of the few times we weren’t freezing:  Skiing at Tremblant

Another advantage of this mild winter is we may be able to start clearing the lot and excavating in March and will be a month ahead of schedule with the house.  I want to get building!

Just preparing for a week off in St. Martin.  We‘ve never been but heard great things. Looking forward to sampling some French wine and food.

Richard WR Yasinski CFP

Personal – January 2016

January 19, 2016

December seems long gone with the holidays a dimming memory but still much appreciated.  I’m looking ahead to a busy year and thankful I have more help at work.

We’ve just about completed the floor plan and interior details of our new home design.  Check out the great 3D views our technical designer has given us here.   We are now into the technical details regarding wall, ceiling and floor design.  Passive homes have more insulation in the walls, floor and ceiling and a lot of attention is spent on getting enough insulation and sealing the home.  The greatest waste of heat or cooling are air leaks so the design details have to consider exactly how the home will be built and how all the joints and cracks can be sealed properly.  Not only do we want an attractive and comfortable home, I want one that’s going to be less expensive (in the long run) to own and maintain.  Along with energy efficiency, we are going to use products which ensure low if not no maintenance as much as possible.

Daughter Sasha still climbing in Spain – here she is giving Dad a heart attack

Personal – October 2015

October 16, 2015

Last month, Elisabeth and I enjoyed 2 weeks in Italy.  I now know why sane people do not drive in Italy and why people go to Tuscany.

Italy Pictures

One of the things on my bucket list is to build another home.  I built a home in 1989 when living in Kingston.  It was a great experience and I vowed I would do it again – but learn from my biggest mistake which was doing too much of it myself.  We have recently closed on a 2 acre lot in Elmwood Estates, just 10 minutes north of the Canadian Tire Centre, off Huntmar Dr.  Our plan is to build a 2000 sq. ft. passive solar bungalow with walkout basement and it be our residence for the next 25 years or so.  Well most of it is our plan but some of it is just my plan (the passive solar part!) The build will take a year and I will include pictures and happy to get into the details of passive solar sustainability and the future of net zero homes with anyone who is interested.