19 June 2011

Ma and Pa are moving house, part 2

Regular readers will remember this post where I talked about how my parents are moving into a garden suite on our property. They've been here now for several weeks, but their house arrived last Friday. It was quite a festive atmosphere as a dozen or so neighbours and family members watched the house get moved into position by a very skilled crew.

The house is a manufactured home with an addition on the back for the living room and an addition on the front which is a porch and front entrance hall. The two additions came on one truck and the living room was placed first. They pulled the truck out of the way so the main part of the house could be brought in.

The truck pulled the house forward and then backed it up onto the gravel pad. They were able to lift the entire house with hydraulics to clear the gravel.

 This was the greatest parallel parking job I have ever seen. The main house was only a few inches from the living room when they were finished. They joined the two parts by pushing the living room forward with big jacks.

This is how the house looks now. The crew will be back to finish levelling the house, shingling and siding the joins, and connecting all the services. Inside, the drywall needs taping and mudding (it wasn't done in the factory because the house was subject to too much movement for drywall seams), the shower tiles, flooring and trim need to be installed. A skirting will be fitted around the entire house and the landscaping will be finished.

The house is situated on our property under a provision in the zoning which allows for a temporary (renewable 10 year permit) house for older or disabled family members. My parents can sell the house when they no longer need it and it will be moved to a new location. This house is extremely well insulated and very well built, so I'm sure it will serve my parents very well.


  1. Oh I really like this idea. My husband and I bought our parents a house to live in and they pay us some rent. This idea is a much better system. A beautiful house for your parents and it will serve them well. B

  2. Let me clarify my comment, your system of housing the elderly seems like the best option. B

  3. It hasn't turned out to be quite as simple as we originally thought (but what is), but we're optimistic we've found a good situation that will allow my parents to live as independently as they wish now, while allowing for greater support from us in the future if required. Plus, we have someone to look after the dog and chickens when we go away :-)

  4. three small pyrite pieces into the top of the candle (for success) and three small lodestone grit pieces (to magnetically draw the home to you). low cost long distance movers



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