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Creekside is open!

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

To all future guests, some important information;

  • We are a no smoking facility, there is plenty of enjoyable outdoor deck and yard area for those who wish to smoke.
  • We have a small, quiet, non-shedding dog in our home. No other pets please.
  • We presently can only accept cash or cheque, we are working on a debit machine.

Room rates are;

  • One night free for a seven night stay.
  • Creekside Room – $90/night
  • Valley View Room – $95/night
  • Vineyard View Room – $110/night

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Initial Work

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

We get questions often on how our B&B is coming along, so I thought it may be appropriate to send an update on how things are going with our dream…as one of my friends says we remain “cautiously optimistic”.

Initial work (and mistakes)

We are working on a long-term schedule that is turning out to be quite advantageous, the long time between completing specific parts may not be the most efficient from a manpower perspective but it seems to be helping us avoid (some) mistakes. The time affords us a stretch in which to review and plan for the next stage. Some examples are; we had originally thought we would do some straightening of the floors, dig the basement floor down (head space was about five feet originally), add some weeping tile and then start sanding and painting. Thankfully I have had enough involvement in project planning and execution to be very aware that they NEVER go as planned. So I was ready for the issues…Sue might be still feeling the effects though.

I dug a hole in the basement to put blocks in for jacking on so as to straighten a small sag in the floor, the hole was just over two feet square (to fit a couple patio blocks for stability) and about eighteen inches deep. I finished the holes and decided it was supper time (not really but the ground is a combination of rock and clay and I’m old and fat!), when we returned in the morning the holes were full to the top with water…the good news was that now I knew where the water table was. Sue and I discussed options, we also got lots of help and opinions from family and friends and we finally decided to build a new basement on the property and move the house. A couple of the major deciding factors were; Sue had a chance to talk to a lady in the area who was a granddaughter of the couple who built the house, she said she could remember there were always boards on the floor in the basement to keep their feet out of the mud. The other was that the house was a little too close to the road; not terribly close but ideally it would have been further back.

New ICF basement with nine foot walls and sixty feet further from the road…waiting for a house.

We also moved the house to a higher spot a little to the east and left it higher out of the ground (lots of folks felt the urge to comment on how “high” the house was now…lol) to avoid the possibility of future water issues. With the basement issue is resolved, I am left wondering what other surprises an old house could hold. Sue and I had completed some work on an old house, so my next thought turned to the insulation. I was looking for a convenient spot to check for insulation and found that the old chimney on the east side of the house (in the kitchen) had been removed in the attic and second floor but still stood in the kitchen. I decided to pull it down and see if there was insulation behind it; thus accomplishing two jobs at once… there was NO insulation (yes, none at all) behind it. We decided to gut the walls; Sue and I tore all the lath and plaster off the exterior walls on the first floor and my brother John did most of the second floor (while I stayed home and worked, Sue helped him with some on one of her trips). We found that most of the house did have insulation but it was cellulose fiber that was blown in through holes drilled in the outside siding and typical of this material, it had packed down over the years while some areas had been missed altogether. So we decided on blown in, closed cell foam insulation for its benefits.

Let me tell you, tearing out this stuff is a dirty job!

The house is moved onto its new basement, the front sun porch is reconstructed (as the previous owners allowed it to be used as a cat house), the back mud room is reattached and cultured stone is established to the exposed sections of the foundation, in-floor heating has been installed in the basement and some backfill has been completed.

Naming the place was fun also; we originally thought “Applewood Inn” as a couple old apple trees are in the back yard. We then took a liking to the name “Vineyard View B&B” because of the vineyard across the road but a close facsimile of the name was already used, so “Creekside” was born. There is a small creek on the east side of the property that I have fond memories of, in mid-summer you could catch speckled trout out of it and in early spring it would occasionally flood and wash the road out of the campground I grew up on. I am looking forward to checking out the fishing, but not so about the flooding.

Moving Day

My favourite view of the house and property.

Next steps are plumbing, new septic system and likely a well, then gyproc, finish bathrooms (seven of them!), bedrooms (five of them) and kitchens (two of them), build a three car garage then finish landscaping and pray for customers.

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A Little History

Creekside B&B started it’s life as the residence of a local farmer, who built this Victorian-style home in 1892.
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Highschool sweethearts that grew up and were married in the Valley who moved out west and are now drawn back to their east coast roots.
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