It takes an army.

We are a week away from the move-in… we started this project about 3 years ago with an idea and now it’s almost ‘done’ (it’ll never be really done…). Looking back now at all the work that we have put into it and thinking about all the people that have contributed their time, energy and talents – I wanted to highlight a few (of the many!).
We, my mother and husband and I, have all worked very hard to make this house happen, from layout planning, assembling looks and finishes for the spaces, physical labour of digging out gravel (I think Sandy has moved all the gravel around the house a couple times over…!) but we couldn’t have made this house happen without the army of people that have worked so hard to turn this project from dream to reality. I’ve worked with some of these people for years and others I’ve worked with for the first time but would work with again – either way, I hold all these people and their talents close to my little design heart!

This house would never have gotten up off of its feet without the great crew from NovaMax Contracting – they are a great group of humble, patient and hardworking guys – so hardworking that they don’t even have the time to be on social media!

Garrit & Graham
Garrit and Graham from Steadfast Contracting – also an amazing part of the team that built this house – with us from day one, digging away… just digging away… !

They’ve stuck through this project since day one, through rain, snow and freezing temperatures and putting up with the three of us asking them so many questions like ‘why are you doing it that way?’… ugh! Garrit and Nick and all of them have been patient and dedicated and have gone the extra mile for the last year (even helping my mother put air in her tire when it died in front of the job site!) – you guys are great !


Garrit_with doors
Garrit from NovaMax Contracting – a little overseeing of a final concrete pour and guarding of our door delivery at the same time !

Kits Construction and Kenny Gemmill have been helping us with this project from the start and have recently joined us on site to complete the interior finishing and power through the HOME stretch (get it?!) and meet the move-in deadline. No strangers to deadlines, I’ve been working with these guys for years on the show and their capacity for detailed work (20 minute conversation about an outside corner detail anyone…??) under pressure is what always gets the job done on time and done well – thank you guys !

Aidan and Matt from Kits Construction – I may not always agree with their choice of music on the job site, but I’m always impressed by their skills and ability to solve whatever comes their way !

The most hard working tile setter I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with , and, quite possibly, the most skilled: Jacky has been working some late nights…  I love seeing gorgeous product installed with great skill, it just brings the best out of everything ! He eye-balls his 1/16” grout lines and it looks like it was put down with a laser… Jacky, you’re amazing and I hope this job doesn’t kill you!

Jacky – the tile ninja – he’s not checking Facebook on his phone, he’s doing some fast math – I think !
Jacky lays out the Cement Tile Shop ‘zebra terrazzo’ tile for the front entry – making sure the pattern lines up with the front door.

Lance the flooring master – works like the devil (he installed 2000sf of floor in 2.5 days!) and does an amazing job. I never thought I’d have such gorgeous stair nosings in my life !


Chroma Decorating – these must be the happiest painters around – not only are they great at what they do and hard working, but there’s a little Latin flavour that enters the job site with some salsa music…. a few cha cha steps on the scaffolding… can’t get any better than dancing while you’re working !



And last but not least.. ha ha… At Last Landscaping – you guys poured sweat (lots of sweat), some blood and, well, the tears were mine – into the front and back hardscape for this house. It looks amazing – we never thought we’d have such professionally installed hardscape (as we’ve always cobbled it together ourselves over the years…) and I just can’t stop staring at it all! Looking forward to lunch served on the patio !


A designer can dream and draw and source but a designer is only as good as the people he or she works with and I have to say, this designer couldn’t have dreamed of a better team to be working with on her home – thank you everyone, you all have a standing invitation to dinnner !





One thought on “It takes an army.

  1. Well said! Awesome to see the shoutout to all the great folks who have worked on LOLVancouver through the years – and some new folks! And of course your awesome design Francesca! One week! Congrats!

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