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Project ID: 125

Project steward

Jan Steinman

Project photos


Brighten up the dining room and kitchen without electricity.


Framing complete for the skylights. More photos are available.
We often need lights on in the kitchen and dining room, even when it's reasonably bright outside.

This project is to put a skylight into each of those two rooms.


  • 2010-09-30 project begun.
  • 2011-02-05: project complete, except for financial reconciliation. (photos)
  • 2011-12-07: project reconciled, shares disbursed

Goal or deliverable

Skylights and light boxes approximately where the existing light fixtures are in the dining room and kitchen. Move electrical boxes into the light boxes and install sconce or other appropriate lighting fixture.

As part of this project, install track lighting above the serving bar.

Timeline, schedule, or end date

time-related aspects of the project, which may include intermediate deadlines, dependencies, etc

  1. 2010-10-31 (or before winter rain starts): skylights installed and weatherproofed in roof. DONE (photo)
  2. 2010-11-30 light wells framed. DONE (photo)
  3. 2010-12-31 light wells sheet-rocked. DONE
  4. 2011-01-31: light boxes complete and finished. DONE


generally, a numbered list of tasks, performed in order, that will together accomplish the project's goals or deliverables

  1. Determine exact location and sketch out layout. DONE!
  2. Build curb for skylights. DONE!
  3. Cut roof, over-cut shingles appropriately. DONE! (photo)
  4. Install with flashing and caulk as needed. DONE! (photo)
  5. Design light boxes. DONE! (photo) (photo)
  6. Frame in light boxes without cutting ceiling. DONE! (photo)
  7. Cut ceiling. DONE!
  8. Install vapour barrier. DONE!
  9. Install sheet rock. DONE!
  10. Insulate light wells. DONE!
  11. Determine location for track lighting; install box and wire to existing light at bottom of stairs. DONE!
  12. Corner-bead and mud. DONE
  13. Prime entire light well area. DONE
  14. Install mirrors with adhesive. deferred
  15. Prime and paint non-mirrored area. DONE
  16. Final financial reconciliation. DONE

Financial budget

how much money will be needed, possibly high-low bracketed and detailed, or a complete guess (try to indicate how firm a guess it is!)

  • $0: Skylights were picked up for free -- travel to pick them up was reimbursed.
  • $100: New light box light fixtures, as needed.
  • $100: Track lighting to go above centre island serving bar.
  • $60: 10 ea 2"x4"x8'
  • $45: 3 ea 2'x4'x1/4" drywall
  • $10: drywall screws and misc hardware
  • $10: caulk.
  • $20: aluminum flashing.
  • $245 total
  • Jan and Carol will supply all materials and be reimbursed in Class A Investment Shares for their expenses, up to a maximum of $500.
  • Jan and others will be reimbursed for their labour with Class B Investment Shares at the rate of $15/hour, up to a maximum of $3,000.

Labor budget

how many people are needed for how long, including specific people or specific skill-sets

  • Jan: 10 hours: research and design
  • Jan: 40 hours: install skylights in roof and weather-seal
  • Jan: 150 hours: build and finish light boxes

Cash Outlay

1110023Greenhouse$1,184.532011-05-10 00:00:002012-05-10 00:00:00
1010011ISCU Chequing$10,000.002011-02-03 00:00:002011-02-03 00:00:00
7350000Supplies$615.392011-12-07 00:00:002011-12-07 00:00:00
6820030Taxes, Sales, GST$47.352012-05-10 00:00:002012-05-10 00:00:00
6820030TOTAL:$11,847.272011-02-03 00:00:002012-05-10 00:00:00

Labour, by person

4Carol Wagner15.08.6%
2Jan Steinman159.091.4%

Labour, by activity


Vehicle Use

"Vehicles" with no odometer, such as tractors or stationary equipment, are in tenths of an hour, rather than kilometres.

1Blue Jetta78 km
5Bubba13 km
3Sunshine36 km
3TOTAL:127 km


Jan SteinmanBlue Jetta2011-03-197 km$3.080EcoRealitypost offc to pick up LEDsyes
Jan SteinmanBubba2011-01-1213 km$5.564EcoRealitySlegg for skylight stuffyes
Carol WagnerBlue Jetta2010-12-2827 km$11.880EcoRealitySlegg for spackleno
Carol WagnerBlue Jetta2010-12-1416 km$7.040EcoRealityreturn unused insulationno
Jan SteinmanBlue Jetta2010-12-0728 km$12.320EcoRealitylightingno
Jan SteinmanSunshine2010-11-096 km$4.560EcoRealityPick up skylight/lighting parts from post officeyes
Jan SteinmanSunshine2010-10-0615 km$11.400EcoRealitySlegg, skylight materialsyes
Jan SteinmanSunshine2010-10-0415 km$11.400EcoRealitySlegg for skylight materialsyes

Final accounting

  • Cash disbursed:
    • $0.00
  • Class A Investment Shares disbursed:
    • 584.17 to Jan Steinman
    • 31.20 to Carol Wagner
  • Class B Investment Shares disbursed:
    • 2280.17 to Jan Steinman
    • 225 to Carol Wagner
  • Budget vs Actual:
    • Class A Investment Shares: $115.37 over budget.
    • Class B Investment Shares: $493.83 under budget.

Expenses detailed

Date Class A Shares Class B Shares Who Item
3 Nov 10 $58.45 Jan Steinman transformers and halogen bulb connectors from All Electronics
9 Nov 10 $28.08 Jan Steinman 36 km in Vanagon
7 Dec 10 $1.18 Jan Steinman skylight parts from Mouats
21 Dec 10 $38.08 Jan Steinman copper wire from Orion/Davis Wire
12 Jan 11 $6.11 Jan Steinman 13 km in Dodge
16 Jan 11 $25.78 Jan Steinman ceiling paint from Home Hardware
25 Jan 11 $225.00 Carol Wagner 15 hours labour, Carol Wagner
26 Jan 11 $181.30 Jan Steinman lighting materials from Home Depot
3 Feb 11 $2,339.75 Jan Steinman 155.9833 hours labour, Jan Steinman
14 Feb 11 $273.27 Jan Steinman drywall, edging, insulation, and insulation retainer from Slegg
19 Mar 11 $31.20 Carol Wagner 78 km in Carol's Jetta
on hand $13.20 Jan Steinman 60’ Flex-Weave copper wire @ $0.22 per foot
on hand $105.00 Jan Steinman 21 each 20 watt halogen reflector bulbs
on hand $30.00 Jan Steinman Oak for lighting supports
on hand $17.22 Jan Steinman 42 each alligator clips
Total $615.37 $2,505.17
Budget $500.00 $3,000.00

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