Clifton St Tag

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25 Sep Clifton St | finishing touches

The countdown is on for finishing up work at our Clifton St build. As our team put their focus on structural details and interior finishes, the team from Concreations were back to lay paving and bring the architectural vision of Outside Planning and Design to life. Photos show the gorgeous bespoke cedar bench carefully crafted by Corey and Phil, and the stunning slate pavers that complete the exterior architect design. Stay tuned for the final reveal of this MRB showpiece. ...

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23 Sep Clifton St | Not just a ceiling

Our Clifton Street build has many bespoke features, the stairs, and outdoor cedar benches to name a few. Another stunning installation in this home is the design and craftsmanship of the drop ceilings. Photos show Pete at work meticulously cutting and fitting SPF (Spruce, Pine, Fir), more often used as flooring, into this stunning feature ceiling. Holes are cut in preparation for lighting, and corners are carefully mitred for a perfect finish. Finally, a urethane coat is applied for a subtle matt finish allowing the beauty of the natural wood to become the highlight. ...

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12 Aug Clifton St | green roof landscape

Work at Clifton Street is fast transforming this work site into a home. Neat and clean lines extend from the architectural design of the house to collaborate with the front entrance landscape, along with the sidewalk upgrades, this new home is really merging back into Clifton Street. Specially chosen membrane sealing the roof on the backyard shed will enable the space to become a roof top garden. Landscape Architect, Sue Sirrs 'Outside planning and design' approaches each rooftop with careful consideration to ensure that requirements are met and plants grow and thrive. We are on the home stretch, stay tuned for updates as this build nears it's completion. ...

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10 Jul Clifton St | deck

As finishing work continues on the inside, there is exciting work commencing outside. In collaboration with designer Sue Sirrs 'Outside Planning and Design Studio', the team marks out the deck and puts in posts. The deck will be constructed with hemlock posts and framing, and decked with cedar, then finished with a timber stain in keeping with the buildings cladding. Sometime in the 1960's pressure (chemical) treated pine, CCA, became the choice of materials for decks and constructions exposed to the elements. 'Not only are the chemicals used in this process toxic, but overtime, it has shown that pine decking is not as durable as cedars in an outdoor environment.' The beautiful tall Hemlock posts will become support structure for a shade sail. This deck will provide the homeowner with extended living areas from inside whilst tying in the landscape outside. ...

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01 Jul Clifton St | progress

Clifton St is a beehive of activity. The 'building' part is over, and the 'finishing' has began. Attention to detail is paramount and Smitty and the team draw on the finer skills of their craft with each task at hand. Corey is finishing the gorgeous contrast cedar cladding on the exterior entranceway. Inside, drywall is being hung. Not only does this enclose the structural bones of the building, but drywall also assists to increase the R-value of the finished home. Stay tuned for updates as the team lead this building down the final stretch for home! HAPPY CANADA DAY. ...

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12 Jun Thermalwise |energy efficient building

As you know, innovative technologies and energy efficiency are priority to us. R-2000 is an industry standard introduced by Natural Resource Canada to promote energy efficiency and environmental responsibility in home construction. This week we had a series of tests performed by 'Thermalwise' on our Clifton St build. These tests are performed to produce a score.Airtightness testing is conducted by using fans to induce pressure differentials across a buildings air barrier system. We were excited to watch the testing process and even more excited to hear how we rated. So you can compare: New house with typical batt insulation average score 3.5 R-2000 house average score 1.5 Our Clifton St preliminary score 1.09! This test has been performed prior to installation of drywall to allow us to easily access any potential problem areas (air leakage) that may show up. On completion of this build, our standard of excellence at less than 1 should be easily met. Phenomonal! ...

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27 May Clifton St | more concrete

The preparations for pouring concrete were traditionally over when the foundation of a house was complete. Modern day application of concrete has seen this versatile composite building material, become second only to naturally occurring water as most commonly used component in all infrastructure. Modern architect design and application sees the use of concrete extend well into the later stages of this build at Clifton St.  Smitty and the team set out and prepared the second floor spaces- bedrooms and bathrooms for Fridays pour. After careful monitoring to retain ideal moisture levels over the weekend, Monday the team cut control joints in the slab work for a perfect finish. ...

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15 May Clifton St | Dream Home

The progress at Clifton St this week has been phenomonal. It started with the basement concrete pour early Monday morning and by Wednesday afternoon the team are fast making this Nova Scotian Dream Home a reality! The walls are being clad with a pre finished product from Cape Cod. 'This product joins traditional value with advanced technology. The top quality finish is applied under strict factory conditions resulting in a maximum protection uniform finish that cannot be achieved with field applied paint'. As you can see in the pictures below, aesthetically speaking, this modern design, is really going to blend nicely with its period built neighbours. ...

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08 May Clifton St | Basement

Clifton Street has been a hive of activity. Not only are all the windows in place and cladding progressing well, but the team have managed to fit in preparations for the basement slab! After the plumbing and electrical had been roughed in and as specified by the architect the process was step by step: 1. Basement is filled with tamped gravel to 2 inches below the footings 2. A 2 inch layer of rigid foam, gaps filled with foam and joins sealed with Tuck Tape 3. A complete covering of PERMINATOR, a 15 Mil Underslab Vapor Barrier/Retarder that extends up the height of each wall 4. Second layer of rigid foam, this time 1 inch, again gaps filled with foam and joins sealed with Tuck Tape 5. Finally, the steel mesh in readiness for the concrete pour Each of the steps is an investment in the overall success of the build. Ensuring its environmental impact is minimal and comfort for the homeowner optimal. ...

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06 May Clifton St | Windows

There was excitement in the air for the much anticipated arrival of the Clifton Street windows. The team were on site early to unload the 28 Accurate Dorwin Triple pane fibreglass windows. In keeping with MRB philosophy, these windows are incredibly energy efficient and offer substantially low U- values. They commenced work immediately, meticulously installing several of the windows following the MRB window installation procedures as we detailed in a previous blog post. As each window is installed the team are able to move forward with the exterior finish of cladding. While there are many steps in this installation process, each plays a vital role in the functionality of the final build. As usual, Smitty and the team practice their craftsmanship and attention to every detail. ...

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29 Apr Clifton St | Green building practices

As you may know, innovative practices and energy efficiency are priority for MRB. Through each stage of a build, from design to construction and maintenance, the common objective is to reduce the overall impact of the build on our natural environment. This is evident here at Clifton St. A 10300 pound cistern tank was installed with the brawn of excavation equipment and guided by Corey and Smitty. The cistern tank will be the collection point for rainwater and is fed by a series of downpipes from the roof. The pipes leading into the three toilets that the tank will service have been heavily insulated with sand, gravel and finally enclosed in a rigid foam box. From an aesthetic point of view, you would never know the tank was there. From an environmental point of view, this installation is a great example of green building practice.  ...

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08 Apr Clifton st | Nanawall

Wow, what an amazing effect the installation of the Nanawall has on this build. Nanawall is a customized operable wall system which will allow the homeowners seamless living between indoors and out. Clifton St has been a hive of activity with Brown Hound Electric, Peter Langille's Plumbing & Heating and Glubes Audio Video all completing their rough ins. And today, we welcome the beginning of the spray foam insulation. ...

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I love North End

13 Mar MRB’s home | the north end

The North End right in the thick of the urban core. We are seeing a wave of urban renewal flow through streets of an area where some were once hesitant to embrace, not only has this area shaken that stigma but has now become a hub for revitalization. A blend of modern architecture harmoniously growing amid the small wood frame and semi- detached row houses. This area is where early industry thrived, and a popular choice of homes  for new  companies and creative organizations. Diverse shopping with a variety of art galleries, furniture shops, and an expanding repertoire of vibrant restaurants and bars. There is real community and support, and it offers us a sense of camaraderie from our neighbours who have also dared to dream!     ...

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12 Mar Clifton St | roof

One step closer to water tight at Clifton St. The bright sunny clear blue sky enticed the team up to the roof.  For workplace safety a railing was constructed around the perimeter. This allowed the team to continue work free of their harnesses. After clearing a winters worth of ice build up they rolled out the first step of weather proofing and sealing. Firestone V Force Barrier membrane is not only a reliable vapour barrier, but also doubles as a way to quickly weather-proof a new construction. It is non-slip and UV resistant and so will allow the team to continue working until temperatures warm when the final membrane EPDM roofing system can be applied. >...

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07 Mar Clifton st | Vaproshield

With the framing complete at Clifton Street  the next stage was wrap the entire building tightly in Wrapshield, a Water Resistive Vapor Permeable Air Barrier Membrane construction by Vaproshield . Along with its energy saving and cost reducing benefits for the life of the building , Vaproshield boasts 'All Climate Construction'. Just as well!- as the team bravely continue work outdoors through ongoing Halifax wintry weather and sub zero temperatures. The team have added strapping around the exterior of the building in readiness for cladding. Windows are temporarily covered to allow access for sub trades to make a start. Plumbers have roughed in, and electricians were on site yesterday. Full steam ahead and bring on spring! ...

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18 Feb Clifton St. | framing bedrooms

The guys managed to get the roof on before the scheduled 'snow Wednesday.' It was a good thing too because with more flurries throughout the rest of the week it was a welcome relief to be out of the elements. Corey and Rockett focused on the interior walls for the bedrooms while Adam worked on the layout for recessed storage areas. Framing is almost complete. In the next few days the team will begin wrapping the house in VaproShield to get ready for cladding. ...

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06 Feb Clifton St. | roof layout

It seems like the prevailing weather pattern thus far this year includes bluebird skies sprinkled around snowy Wednesdays. Inevitably every Thursday then begins with some snow removal. Regardless of those frigid facts the crew is making headway on the framing. By the time you read this the roof will be completely framed (unless of course we have a snowy Wednesday). The roof truss layout on this build is made slightly complicated by the lighting layout. So before the trusses are installed, foreman Adam uses the electrical plans to locate all the pot lights. He draws a red circle on the floor where the light will be located. Then he transfers that location to the walls so that when the truss location is laid out (typically every 16 inches), no trusses land where the lights will be.  Once the layout is complete the guys begin installing beams and hangers for the trusses. ...

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30 Jan Clifton St. | 2nd story framing

Below is a pictorial essay of the progression of the second story framing at the Clifton Street house. As one of the carpenters on the job site it's always amazing to see what a group of people working in concert can accomplish. The walls go up one at a time and before you know it there's a house. In a few more weeks we will be wrapping the house in VarpoShield and getting ready for cladding. Time flies when you're busy! ...

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23 Jan Clifton St. | the blizzard

There's a lot of talk about the latest blizzard. Schools were closed. Roads were slippery. The sorts of things one can expect to happen with a large snowfall well -just happened. There seem to be two major schools of thought when it comes to these seasonal weather events. Those who bemoan the white stuff and generally feel put out by it, and those who get out their shovels and continue on with their normal lives just as if everything is normal. Sure we had to do some shovelling this morning. We cleared a few of the neighbours driveways as well. And yet the work progressed as it usually does and we had a good laugh. Perspective is a beautiful thing. ...

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