Art... Stairs going in

Yeah!!! The snow has gone and fingers crossed this will help work progress faster here at the Project. As they say, “Dear Lord give me strength to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference”. Yup, pretty much the theme of ANY building project and project 851 is no different.

The story of the stairs has been a LONG time coming. In my “strength” to know the difference I’m happy to share this powerful Sam Cooke song… (p.s. great Netflix doc. on Sam Cooke worth checking out)

There have been many, many discussions about the stairs going into Pink House — do we go with metal stairs?, will it cost too much?, how do we do it?, who’s going to make the template?… Architect, Contractor, Engineers, Metal Workers, site visits and such have been ongoing for many months and I’m happy to say we’re a the point now that it’s actually happening. Bring on the welding shop, that will be my home. Up, up, up, we go!

Crazy right? Believe me there were times when I thought “Hey, just leave those wooden working stairs. They’ve grown on me, visually, financially and practically.” There are a lot of thoughts that flow through your head as we approach finish (so please please let’s just finish). It’s not always easy to keep the strength of patience it takes to see your well intended decisions come to reality. As mentioned before the original owner, James Mason was a machinist and owner of the ironworks foundry on Franklin St. It’s also a nod to my Grandfather (Dida Marko) who only during this project did I find out from my mother that he was trained as an iron worker. The last of the 3 M’s is my Dad who also was trained as a machinist before coming to Canada.

I’m not sure any of those 3 men would have thought their work was “ART” but it sure is going to be in this case, One thing I’m pretty sure they’d all agree on is that it’s looking good and these “boys” are doing a great job.

PEOPLE... do dogs count?

This week has been a new adventure in a happy addition to Project 851. You may have seen this cutie pie around in some other posts but it’s now official she’s my girl!! — Welcome to your new home there Koko Channel (smile). She’s survived sun, rain and snow so far this week.

Never having owned a dog makes this an extra special adventure for me, it’s quite different from dog sitting for friends, and not quite what I planned. Careful what you wish for as they say, as I did say I wanted a dog and actually coveted Koda when she belonged to my neighbours. Sometimes the best things in life just find you, like this bratty bow wow and this crazy project that is sucking the life out of me — think I better wish for some soul rejuvenating magic to sneak up on me. Oh wait maybe that’s what I got this week hahaha.

Here are a few other things that happened at the Project in the hardscape, studio space and garage.

Here are a few things that didn’t happen this week… (yes the 2 year TELUS saga continues)

and yes on occasion my brain feels like this… (makin’ me dizzy)

Thanks goodness for the people working here and my new best friend!! Makes me feel more like this.

COMMUNITY...and the beat goes on

This neighbourhood community is magic!! Wether it’s coming together to question why our street lights are being changed or bringing awareness to an American company being paid to do consultation for the city of Vancouver in our neighbourhood — I know let’s not even go there (thanks old civic regime). This is not a negative rant but rather a positive focus on how this community for over 40 years continues to work together to defend the peoples right to less traffic and putting a roadway onto National where it was designed to be years ago. In 2015 the city agreed to slow traffic on Prior — 9,000 cars a day travel down this road which disconnects the neighbourhood from the park. How can you not be happy when a questionable process results in an opportunity to visit your neighbours: (right?)

What I love about this awareness session most is that it happened without effort. It was quite literally a spontaneous turnout. Gotta love that.

Similarly, we have something presently going down regarding our street lamps. I’ll keep you posted on that one.

This weeks post relates to those building blocks of community and what lies beneath the old streets. Enjoy the nod at Project 851.

PROGRESS... time for some before and afters

As we approach the home stretch let’s look as some progress shots. Celebrating coming closer and closer to a space of aging in place!

Big House/Pink House:

Garden suite —

The Grande Dame —


3 Bedroom…2 Bedroom…Studio…