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Coleraine – Message from the (Happy) Homeowners

Investir dans une propriété représente toujours un moment fort en émotions mais aussi important financièrement. Le choix judicieux d’une maison dans laquelle on se sent bien est primordial, mais le choix de celui qui l’a conçu l’est tout autant.

Heureux propriétaires du projet Coleraine à Pointe St. Charles, c’est un coup de cœur qui nous a conduits a acquérir la maison et faire confiance à Paul King et Duncan Morrison, les fondateurs de ecoHabitat.  En plus d’être de sympathiques et honnêtes personnes, Paul et Duncan possèdent un sens de service à la clientèle hors du commun, et portent un soin attentionné aux moindres détails, donnant un caractère unique à leurs projets.

C’est sans réserve que nous vous invitons à faire affaires avec ecoHabitat.


Isabelle Dufour & Stéphane Ricoul

Coleraine Cottage images et description

Investing in a property is always an important choice, financially as well as emotionally. Choosing the right house, where you feel at home is so important, and that is the priority as well for Paul King and Duncan Morrison, the co-founders of ecoHabitat, the builder of the project in Pointe St-Charles.

As a happy owner of an ecoHabitat property in the Coleraine project in Pointe St-Charles, we had put our trust in Paul King and Duncan Morrison, and we were not disappointed at all with all the care, personal customer service and honesty these people showed us through the process of buying a home. They are attentive to every little detail when they build a property or when they have a new project in place, giving it a unique character.

We are confident that you will appreciate your experience with ecoHabitat, should you decide to do business with them.

Thank you

Isabelle Dufour & Stéphane Ricoul

Coleraine Cottage photos & description

Charon – Liquid Soundproofing

To ensure superior soundproofing, we recently poured liquid self-levelling concrete on the floors.  When the liquid cement hardens, the floor is absolutely smooth and level, and the cement provides substantial soundproofing between the condos.

The cement is on average 4cm thick.  It hardens in about three hours.  Ready to apply the finished flooring on top.

The first photo shows the pouring of the cement onto the floor.  Note the installers wear special boots with studs on them so they can walk though the wet cement with ease.  The second photo shows the new smooth floor, later that same day.

Pouring the floors. Nice Boots !

Finished Floor. Smooth As Can Be. And Soundproof Too !

Charon – November2011

The conversion of the old grocery store into three Eco-Condos continues to progress.

Recently the building was insulated with Airmetic Soya-based spray-foam insulation.  The place is already warmer, quieter and airtight thanks to this amazing product.

And this week the gyproc is being installed.  The three units are really taking shape now.

Third Floor Condo. Ceiling and Walls of Green. Warm and Cozy !

Charon Eco-Condo: Up in the Trees

Adding the third floor to the addition.  Just about ready to put the roof on.  Two large openings for Patio Doors will lead onto a large deck.  Looks out amongst the trees and with a great view of downtown and the mountain.

Third Floor of New Addition

Getting Bigger and Better – June 16,2011

The addition at the back is now two storeys high.  Great to see the new size and shape of the first and second floor units.

Next week the third floor and the roof !

Two floors done, One more to go.

Under the Watchful Eyes of "Owl", the Plastic Security Guard

New Addition Takes Shape

The inside structure has all been re-built bigger and stronger than ever.

So now the focus turns to the addition on the back.

First comes the excavation.  A giant hole in a small back yard.  I heard one of the neighbour’s kids screaming upon returning home from school ” Look, they’re putting in an in-ground pool ! ! “.  She will be disappointed by our progress since then.

Than comes the foundation, complete with french drain all around and waterproofing in place.

Foundation for the Addition. (not a pool)

And then the addition starts to take shape.  One floor done, two to go !

The Addition Takes Shape.

Stay tuned as the Addition gets higher and higher.

Blast From The Past – Charon Dépanneur

Upon purchasing the Charon building, we asked the previous owners if they had any old photos of the dépanneur when it was open as a store.

Recently the son of the previous owner, Stéphane, came over to show us what he found.  A few photos of the “Dep” as a store in the 1970′s with a Cadillac parked in front.  And older black and white photos of it operating as an épicerie many years ago.  We will do some more research to find out more about these photos, but in the meantime, here a a few views of the past:

Dépanneur in the 1970's (approx)


Epicerie Charon. Bienvenue !

Sorry, No Wi-Fi Here.

Old-School Merchandising.

Charon Dep – Open Spaces – May12, 2011

Work on the structure of the Dep continues.  The new structure supporting the centre of the building is now complete – from the new cement footing in the basement all the way up to the roof.

Now new posts and beams are being installed on the back wall to open things up and get it ready to receive the new addition.

Open Floor Plan - Might Be Chilly Come Winter...

Next came the removal of the weathered chipboard from the front facade.  After 15 years of being closed up, the front of the Dépanneur came back to life.  Soon the framing will be in place to receive a new wall of glass – recreating the storefront look in an homage to the past.

Open For Now. Getting Ready For New Glass.

We don’t build ‘em like they used to.

We love old buildings.  We especially love to bring tired, old buildings back to life to become better-than-ever.

The architecture, materials and soul of an old building cannot be beat.  But other aspects leave a lot to be desired.  Windows that leak, walls with no insulation and floors that slope are not among the fine points of an older home.

The expression that “They don’t build ‘em like they used to” is very a propos.  We do not, and should not, build that way anymore.  The style of a building can be forever, but at one point the realities of today’s lifestyle dictate that an overhaul is needed.  And, we have to take better care of our planet as well, so heating the outdoors through porous windows and walls does not cut it anymore.

This week on Charon, the structure is being totally re-built.  Bigger, stronger and a whole lot straighter.

The slope on the floors was largely caused by the settling of the main beam in the basement.  The floors around the edges, supported by the foundation, were remarkably level.  But the original beam, an actual tree, was not well-supported in the centre, as a post was pushed into the ground by its weight.  So we start by pouring a new footing of cement to support a new post – a strong foundation makes for a strong structure.

Lots of Cement and Re-Bar Make for a Solid Base.

The new structure then takes shape.  The main beam for each floor is supported by posts on each end and in the middle.  Ready to support all the years that lay ahead.

New Posts and Beams.

The following picture shows a new beam in place, level with the highest points of the floor – on the right side, the floor joists have been jacked up to be level – the joists on the left side are still in their original position – and the level shows space for a 2×4 to make up most of the difference.  What a difference 4″ can make !

Original Floor Height on the Left, New Level on the Right.

Re-Use, Recycle

When stripping out a building, we try to re-use whatever we can.  We put aside all the lumber we can to be re-used for construction.  When removing the exterior bricks, we have kept a bunch of them to use as blocks for a walkway and a parking pad (hopefully for an electric car).  We also put aside all items that could be of use to others – examples here are a pile of wooden planks from between the roof joists and the original wooden windows.  A gentleman named Normand has already taken most of the buildings interior baseboards and trim to re-use in a cottage he is building.  He also returned to take the original wooden windows.  The more we re-use and recycle, the less goes into landfill.

Old Bricks Waiting For Their New Purpose In Life

Ready to Become Shelves or Coffee Tables ?

Old Windows. Ready To Go To Normand's Cottage