Oh my, wood is expensive! In our region, there is a massive building boom going on, and this has caused the price of plywood and lumber to double or triple over just a year ago. We're fortunate that this won't be prohibitive for us, but it certainly increased our costs. Developers are building hundreds of townhouse units at a time and we are feeling the effects (both on prices and on the surrounding neighbourhoods).
Calvin here - after spending almost 33 years in education as a high school teacher, elementary teacher, and elementary administrator, it was time to retire! I did so happily and with no regrets; it was a terrific and fulfilling career. I do enjoy building projects as the design and building process is very therapeutic and you see a completed functional product in the end. Now to combine the build with another of Angela's and my passions - travel - is something we're really looking forward to.