Preparing The Shoe – Part 2

While we’re organizing plans for content to create, here’s some archival footage from July 2021 when we were all working together in Preparing The Shoe.

In Part 2, we do some painting, start setting up the new HVAC system, and show Project: Yellow Submarine’s accommodation for a few weeks.

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Preparing The Shoe – Part 1

While we’re organizing plans for content to create, here’s some archival footage from July 2021 when we were all working together in Preparing The Shoe.

In Part 1, we unload our skid-steer loader, prime one of the kids’ bedrooms, and prepare the utility room.

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Yellow Submarine: Energy and Water Examination

Kevin has maintained a private database for about a year, tracking 4-5 years of electricity, natural gas, and water usage at the property they currently reside at. The intent behind this is to better understand how energy use changes throughout the year, right down to the day or even the hour. This will be important when considering the specifications for off-grid electrical and rain harvesting systems. This data will help determine how large a battery bank to build, how large an inverter to install, and how much water storage capacity will be needed.

Equally important is to understand the energy and water harvesting potential of the property, which Kevin has also been researching. This information will help determine the size of the solar panel array that will be needed to recharge the battery bank within a limited seasonal window.

Project Yellow Submarine has made this information public! Check it out here:

Have any questions about the project? Let us know!


Yellow Submarine: Project Binder

Kevin and Emily are in the process of preparing a comprehensive project binder to consolidate all of their thoughts and notes together, in preparation of engaging an architect to help them produce a design for their dwelling that will take all of their goals into consideration.

To that end, they’re going to start sharing some excerpts from their project binder, which will include things like how to consider a potentially suitable location, auditing space for a home, and determining your utility requirements.

Have any questions about the project? Let us know!


Papineau Homes Theme

The music for Papineau Homes theme was composed in a way to honour Toby Montgomery, by emulating elements of music that remind us of him.

Read: About Papineau Homes Theme


Home Design Considerations

Planning has started for each of the teams future dwellings at Papineau Homes.

Bernice and Alain from Project: Red Carr have a rough design that they’re ready to take to a draftsperson for detailed drawings to get approved by the local municipality.

Kevin and Emily from Project: Yellow Submarine, having the benefit of more time, are taking a slightly different approach. They want their home to be entirely off-grid, and possibly incorporate rainwater harvesting. They have been carefully documenting their electricity and water usage to assess the system sizes they’ll need.

Each team will share more details over time, and we’ll continue to produce videos at each significant milestone.

What questions do you have about building a rural home? What about off-grid and rainwater harvesting? Let us know!


Red Carr Moves To The Shoe

Moving day for Red Carr!

The property we secured in Northern Ontario has an existing dwelling on it, which we lovingly call “The Shoe“.

In July of 2021, Alain and Bernice from Project: Red Carr moved into The Shoe, as the first part of the plan to eventually create new dwellings on the property — a process that we expect will take a few years. Project: Red Carr hopes to have approved plans and to start building their new dwelling in Spring 2022.

Papineau Homes – Red Carr Moves To The Shoe

We appreciate the help we received during the move, and we hope you all enjoy following our progress.

Our journey starts here!


Introduction Video Theme Music

A lot of thought went into the Introduction video that we recently published.

It was an opportunity to not only share background information: Who we are, our reasons for persuing this project, etc, but it was also an opportunity to define segments in our story. Breaking up the work ahead into distinct projects will allow for a sort of “choose your own adventure” of whose project you want to follow, each one clearly identified by colour scheme and music theme.

The music themes were an opportunity for all of us to further share things about ourselves. In this case, the kind of music we enjoy. The Papineau Homes music themes were created by Kevin Montgomery using BandLab. All project themes are based on the main Papineau Homes opening theme and follow a similar note pattern:

Papineau Homes Theme

Bernice and Alain of Project Red Carr wanted to explore a sound with “more bass”. Alain in particular is partial to the sound of early Beastie Boys. The Red Carr theme song is heavily influenced by the distinctly bass and rhythm parts of their sounds from that era.

Project Red Carr Theme

Wendy and John from Project Blue Kingship wanted a more 80’s feel, with the sounds of Frankie Goes To Hollywood and Bronski Beat. The final result is a mix of those two influences.

Project Blue Kingship Theme

Finally, for Project Yellow Submarine — well, Kevin and Emily hope that the influence behind this theme song is self-explanatory. 🙂

Project Yellow Submarine Theme

We hope you enjoy them!


Introduction

3 families, starting a new chapter — together. These are our Papineau Homes.

This video introduces the 3 main projects/dwellings of Papineau Homes, the people behind them, and their reasons for pursuing this project.

  • Project: Red Carr: Alain and Bernice
  • Project Blue Kingship: John and Wendy
  • Project Yellow Submarine: Kevin and Emily

While it’s still very early in our journey, we welcome any questions you might have about the kinds of things we’re considering in our dwellings.


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3 families, starting a new chapter — together. These are our Papineau Homes.