With very little delay: here is how we’re handling the WWYDW scenario!

Today we visited our cottage, checked on the progress, and had to make some calls about where lights, outlets, ovens, and stuff like that would go.  For anybody who has done a build from the ground up you know that they cannot insulate the house, until all the electrical and plumbing are in.  While we were there we also made some decisions on what the kitchen counter top will be, along with the shape and style of the doors, door handles and cabinet pulls.  All in all it was a super productive few hours and when I climb onto the plane on Saturday I will leave here feeling 1000% confident, that not only has the build been done excellently thus far, but the remainder of it will be executed as brilliantly.  Unlike the Toronto build, which we had mediation for yesterday, to once and for all settle the lawsuit against all the people involved in that fiasco.  We had to sign a confidentiality agreement so I cannot speak of it, but I can say this; I’m pleased with the outcome and it is one huge stress off my plate, and in the rear view mirror of my life.

And I’m thankful.  But not as thankful as I am that this build, this General Contractor and our builder feel like they were sent from heaven.  Given all the troubles we had with the crew who did our bathrooms in our LA house, it is a well deserved break in the Yanny and Shantilly renovation chronicles.

But I digress, this is not the point of today’s blog, the point is I’m supposed to let you know what we would do in the WWYDW scenario: to cut the tree down or not.  I shared that the biggest issue of our cottage life and build is one lone pine tree that is blocking our water and sunset views, and we’re struggling with whether or not to cut it down.  We had hoped that by standing on the deck, looking out the windows down toward the lake today that we might be hit with a concrete, clear cut decision about what to do with the tree.  But we weren’t.  Instead we’re a little bit more confused than before, and the reason for this is because there is other landscaping that needs to be done to make the ground all around the cottage level now that the structure is up.  In doing this there will be a few other tree casualties along the way.  Which makes us even more hesitant to touch the one at the water front.

So for now, Yannick and I have decided that we will leave the tree be.  We will wait until we get up there and spend more time living with the tree, we’ll check with the township to see how they feel about whether the tree stays or goes, and what other areas on the property we can add trees in its place.  Which means there is no response from us what we would do in this scenario, therefore I promise to keep you all posted about What We Do With the tree; and always your responses and input have been awesome.  Thank you for weighing in.


  1. We are on your lake. Please leave the tree as is. Not good for the shoreline to be taking trees down.

  2. Mrs. Bisson,
    I am completely unfamiliar with building codes/regulations/restrictions in Canada…for clarity. I have built several homes (and various other barns, stables, sheds) from “the ground up” and I would never ever let any kind of tree short of a multi-centuries old sequoia/redwood obstruct a desired view…if the tree were on property I own. Since you seem to be building in a forest, one tree more or less is nothing in the long run. If it really nags at you, consider having it taken to a saw mill and use the resulting lumber to build something to be incorporated into your cabin. Just a thought…

  3. Of course you two would do the right thing! Not making a hasty decision..gathering more info. What you decide in the end will be well considered. Bravo3

  4. Sounds like a good plan. Sometimes distance away from a delimma gives one a clearer mind to tackle it later. Works for me every time.

  5. My advice….cut the tree down…the view it’s blocking would be nicer without it…👍

  6. Think of your view as a composition. I’d wait until all your other landscaping is done and then frame your view with your hands. Does the tree enhance or distract? The Chinese like asymmetrical views and the tree is off center, so that could be your focal point. But if it distracts from the distant view, you might decide to take to down. Aesthetics are tough.

  7. Excellent decision or delayed decision. Better to live with it for awhile and then decide. Safe travels on Saturday.❤

  8. Didn’t have a chance to comment on the WWYDW, just a reply on Twitter but this sounds like a great idea. You won’t know how it does or doesn’t interfere with what you want to see until you are living with it on a day to day basis during your outings there.
    Thank you for always honoring the nature around you,

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