Vapour Barrier and Insulation

Not going to lie, putting in insulation in January was pretty miserable with no heat. We outsourced the spray foam since we don’t own the equipment as well as the vapour barrier. The 2 guys that came and did the vapour were in and out within a day. They were very efficient.

Cost Breakdown

Vapour Barrier & Installation – $1500

Blown Insulation for Attic – $4418

Attic Hatches – $170

Garage wall Insulation – $771

Spray Foam -& Installation $2486

= $9345

Great room: Brent, his dad and brother demonstrating safety. Applying drywall so they can spray the girder trusses.
I was able to price match the insulation for the vaulted ceiling/garage at Home Depot. This brought the cost from $80 a bag to $48.
Master bedroom : After the vapour barrier. was installed.
Master bathroom
Kitchen and pantry from living room.
Living room: Our beautiful Valcourt fireplace. Next step is to frame the fireplace.
Front Entry: Brent framing the front hall closet with steel studs. I guess it is easier to use steel studs because of the pitch of the vaulted ceiling. We debated about leaving this area open (not framing above) but I did not want to dust on top of the closet.

The Permit

The Permit

What do you need to submit for a building permit in the City of Ottawa?

I found that the City of Ottawa’s building application website to be confusing. Hopefully this helps clarify what is required to submit to the City of Ottawa. In a follow up post I will discuss the costs associated with all the below and the City of Ottawa fees. I’ve included links of the forms required as well as the people we used on the project.

What is required?

  • Completed Application for Permit
  • 2 sets of architectural drawings
  • Schedule 1 signed by the designer 
  • Energy Efficiency Design Summary 
  • Survey of the lot
  • MVDS
  • Truss Layout 
  • Floor Joist Layout
  • Site Plan
  • Grading Plan
  • Septic Design
  • Structural Report
  • Septic Approval

Completed Application for Permit

Who do you get this from: You or your General Contractor 

Fill out and sign Pages 1 and 2, here.


Two Sets of Architectural Drawings

Who do you get this from: Architectural Technologist or Architect or Designer

More Info: Rather than hiring an architect to design our house, we used a local Architectural Technologist. This saved us a lot of money. We worked with him to design the house. Before submitting, I went to the City of Ottawa building services department and asked a lot of questions. They requested me printing the drawings on legal size rather than bringing in the full blueprints. 


Schedule 1

Who do you get this from: Architectural Technologist or Architect or Designer

More Info: Once you are happy with your design. Your Designer/Architect/Technologist must have a BCIN number in order to have authority to design your house.

Have the designer fill out and sign Page 3, here. 


Energy Efficiency Design Summary

Who do you get this from: Architectural Technologist or Architect or Designer or Independent  

More Info: Our Designer filled this form out for us at no charge so request it when you are designing the house. He/She has to fill out his BCIN number and sign.

Have the designer fill out and sign this form.


Survey of the Lot

From: Real Estate Agent or Sellers of the property you are purchasing

More Info: This one was straightforward, we received this from the people we purchased the lot from. It shows the lot dimensions, set backs, roads, etc.. The City says:

“The owner shall submit a copy of a plan of survey certified by a Registered Ontario Land Surveyor to the Chief Building Official when required to demonstrate compliance with the Act, the Building Code or any applicable law”


Mechanical Ventilation Design Summary

From: HVAC company or Independent

We locked in prices with our HVAC company beforehand as we knew what type of system we wanted. They completed this for us but used the company I was going to use had we not secured our HVAC company. 

Have your HVAC company or Independent fill out this form.


Truss Layout

From: Truss manufacturer 

More Info: You have to work with a local truss company and have them design/engineer your truss layout. They will send you the design. Local truss manufacturers include KOTT Lumber, Terranova Truss, Valley Roof Truss Ltd.


Floor Joist Layout

From: Floor joist manufacturer 

More Info: You have to work with a local floor joist company and have them design/engineer your truss layout. They will send you the design. We used the same company as our Truss manufacturer, KOTT lumber. 


Site Plan

From: Engineer

More Info: I used the same local engineer to create the septic design, grading plan and complete/sign off the structural report. The site plan and the grading plan are the same. I asked the City of Ottawa to clarify. The site plan must show:

(a) lot size, lot dimensions and setbacks to any existing or proposed buildings; 

(b) the similarly dimensioned location of every other adjacent existing building on the property; (c) existing and finished ground levels or grades to an established datum at or adjacent to the site; and 

(d) existing rights-of-way, easements, utilities, municipal services and private services

Since my grading plan demonstrates all of the above I labelled the requirement “Site Plan/Grading Plan”


Grading Plan

From: Engineer

More Info: Same thing as above. The local engineer surveyed the lot and created a document showing the existing and proposed grade elevations at all portions of the lot. It shows the proposed finished floor, foundation, footing elevations, slop as well as the proposed location and elevation of the septic bed.


Structural Report

From: Engineer

More Info: This report was done by the same group of engineers however a different engineer from the septic/grading. He basically reviewed the drawings and commented on the integrity of the design. We also sent this report to our Truss/Floor joist manufacturer.


Septic Design 

From: Engineer

More Info: Same group of engineers designed our septic. I would talk to a local installer that has installed septic’s in the area before you reach out to the engineer. Our engineer designed us a very expensive Eco flow septic. The installer informed us that we would save $10,000 had we just had a simple conventional bed. We asked the engineer to redesign the septic to a conventional system. This of course, came at a cost.


Septic Approval

From: Local Conservation Authority. Ours was Rideau Valley Conservation Authority

More Info:Once you approve your design of your septic bed, our engineer submitted it to the local conservation authority for approval. You have to submit the approval from the conservation authority to the city. 

The Clearing

The Clearing

Brent and I decided to clear our property ourselves over the winter. Below our the top 6 items that have helped us complete this task. Clearing in the winter has a lot of advantages like NO BUGS, no extra leaves, no heat, etc… It also has disadvantages like clearing snow and finding new ways to get the fire started. Clearing the property ourselves has saved us a few thousand dollars. It also allowed us to observe the and appreciate characteristics about the property.

Stihl MS 362 C-M Chainsaw

Brent loves this chainsaw. He is so happy he paid the extra $ for the professional series. It has something called a “microprocessor-controlled engine management system” that is designed to optimize engine performance in changing environments. We have used this saw all winter and it starts in one single pull, every time. We bought the protective case and hope to use this saw for our lifetime.

Milwaukee Dual Chemistry Jobsite Radio

This is an amazing jobsite radio. I love how all the Milwaukee tools all take the same battery. This makes it really easy to change between devices. There is a protected case for you to charge your phone via USB or hook up to the audio port if you still have a headphone jack. In case you drop the radio, the end pieces are rubberized to absorb the shock.  The only downside is it is not Bluetooth compatible. 

Carhartt Coveralls

These are very comfortable and warm enough for clearing in Canada’s cold winter. I like wearing overalls rather than just work pants while clearing the property because the fronts of your t-shirt or sweater from tearing.

Stihl ProMark Forestry Helmet System

Brent raves about this mask for chain sawing. The mask portion is mesh so it doesn’t scratch like plastic would. The all-in-one eye, hearing and head protection make this a no brainer. No pun intended. 

Stihl Promark Protective Chaps 

These chaps are made with “‘Avertic” – a patented chainsaw protective textile designed in Sweden. The pants are developed with 9 layers of this cut protective fibre. A study on their website showed that 37% of chainsaw accidents happened on the leg area. Wearing necessary protective gear is so important. These chaps are also machine washable and dryer safe, allowing me to get the stinky fire smoke smell off the garment

Hay Bales

Starting a brush fire in the winter is difficult. In the beginning we were using old pallets from my dad’s shop to get the fire started however when we ran out of pallets we needed something new. Brent saw a youtube video of a guy dosing a straw bale in fuel and igniting it. The straw bale acts like a match to the rest of the wet pile of brush. We found a local farmer getting rid of hay bales that were no longer suitable for his livestock’s consumption. We dosed them in diesel fuel and set them alight. It is VERY effective and I recommend if you are clearing in the winter.

The Design

The Design

Features

  • 2035 sq ft.
  • 5 acres
  • 3 bedrooms
  • 2 bathrooms
  • Walk-out basement
  • Large kitchen and living areas
  • Covered front & back porch
  • Oversized garage