My last post about the Natural Urban Home was on April 17th. And there was snow on the ground!

It seems that my initial excitement about the old house actually moving off the lot was a bit premature!

But in the end, it all works out as it should.

After looking at our house plans for months, one day it occured to me that we may have made a fatal flaw in the design of our new home. We had designed and configured the house perfectly, except for one thing--we had no direct view or access to our beautiful back yard!

So we all went back to the drawing board and worked hard to get it right on round two of designing the Natural Urban Home!

What we have now is not only the perfect house for us, but it is configured perfectly on the lot so that we can truly enjoy all of the amazing features of the lot and the yard!

The old house was finally moved off the lot on July 26th. And let me tell you, it was quite the production!  We took the kids down to see them get the house attached to the truck earlier in the day and the crew told us that they would be back that night at 2 AM to start the trek to it's new home south of Calgary.

I decided to stay up and go and film the event. You know, for posterity and all.

At a quarter to 2, I packed up the dog and myself and headed out (in the pouring rain) to the house. And when I got there my heart sank....

...they were already gone!!

I was so sad and dissappointed that I had missed the big move!

So with my proverbial head hung low, I put the car back in gear and headed home. I turned right instead of left as I usually do and it was a good thing that I did, because up ahead I saw flashing lights and a VERY WIDE LOAD heading down the street!!

I caught up with the large caravan of vehicles with flashing lights and followed them for about 10 blocks. It really was a sight to see!! Moving slowely along in the pouring rain, lightening and thunder, the house-moving caravan consisted of two Epcor trucks, an arborist truck, two police cruisers, and two wide load pick-up trucks. And me in my Mazda 5! In the few blocks that I followed along, they had to take down a set of traffic lights, removed and then replace a traffic sign and stop all traffic along the road and at a major intersection.



A final goodbye to the house! Which by the way, took three days to reach it's final destination.



And with the house off the lot, our excitement is at an all time high!  We are thrilled to be working with the amazing folks at Serenity Contracting and Design (the same ones who built our current home) and things are starting to move along quite nicely!

I thought I would leave you with a little teaser ....

Here is our architect's rendition of the southwest corner of the new Natural Urban Home!



Summer Blog Challenge August 12, 2011


This old house is on the move.

Well, it is Spring 2011 (sort of) and that means that if all is on track than we should be starting construction of our new house. We started this little family project last summer when we bought a new property not even 5 minutes from our current house. We have had five months of design work done and are almost set to 'break ground' and really get going. We are just waiting on a few more details from our architect and of course all the permits from the City.

There is some activity going on though. The house itself has been purchased by a nice family and it will be making the trip down to Calgary in the next week or so. Yes, believe it or not, it is possible to lift and move a two-storey house.


My son is loving this whole process and can't wait to see the house moved onto the truck. Although I am not sure if we will be able to accommodate that. The house moving guys tell me that the actual moving itself happens late at night to avoid major traffic.

We are all pretty excited about getting this house build going and this was step one of the process!

Now, I am off to get the kids and I some hard hats later this week!

Safety first!