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My Old House

My Old House

Everyone who works at West Wind has formed a close relationship with wood. Most are passionate and take advantage of any opportunity to use and/or work with it. Last year, one of our employee’s bought their very first home. Here is the start of his journey. Enjoy and stay tuned for updates.


The house is from the late 1920s, but well maintained over the years. Being mostly original inside and out, a lot of the original character of the house remains. The history is not known for sure, but it is believed that the first owner was a manager or caretaker of the Agriculture Canada’s Experimental Plant Farm on East Saanich Road (now known as the Centre for Plant Health). Who knows maybe the old fig tree on the property was planted by the original owner? The house sits on a half acre, surrounded by forest and gardens.

The new owners plan to keep the original character and style of the house intact as much as possible. This started with refinishing the original Douglas-fir flooring. Tearing up the laminate floor and carpet revealed a floor full of character. The whole process felt a lot like an archaeological dig to us.

After the floor was refinished it was obvious that that baseboard and door jambs needed a lot of work. All the door jambs and plinth blocks were undercut when the laminate flooring was installed. The jambs were all re-cut, filled and faired; baseboards sanded, filled and repainted. At the same time the stairs were in need of some attention. It was obvious that the stair case was well used, full of dents and dings. The treads were covered in carpet and a rubber floor covering. The original treads were also refinished.

We also knew we wanted to be as self-sufficient as possible and we knew we wanted to heat with wood. No time was wasted repairing the chimney tops and installing a wood burning insert. The fireplace was stripped of its dated tiles from the 80’s and re-tiled. It took a lot of time and effort to find a tile that was both modern but looked like it could have been original.