Black Diamonds Are Forever – FOUR

Black Diamonds Are Forever – Article FOUR (Station 10 through 12 of 12 stations)

Black Diamond Edition 550-2 Park Model coming to Cherry Hill Lot #110 – 

 Day 20, April 13th – Staight off the factory floor, dust and all!

Finished Exterior – deck side

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The Chateau’s say: 

“There are no words to express our joy and excitement at this time. General Coach has exceeded our expectations and built for us an amazing Black Diamond Series home. We cannot wait to be there on site when it arrives. To Roger, Chris and the great staff at General Coach, a huge THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts for this dream come true. Joan and Harry, THANK YOU for the time you took to guide us through the process of building this dream and bringing it to reality.” 

Finished Exterior – back side

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From Roger Faulkner, President of General Coach Canada:

“Let me first thank Guy and Charlotte for your kind words. Thank you for providing us the opportunity of being a big part of that dream you speak about and thank you for instilling your confidence in General Coach Canada and its employees. Without doubt you are the pioneers who are about to break new ground in Cherry Hill Living. You will have one of the finest park models ever built in Canada and you are the very first folks to purchase a “Black Diamond Edition” unit in Manitoba.

 Thanks also go out to Harry and Joan (and their team) for choosing General Coach Canada as your park model supplier. Together, we will open a new chapter in the Manitoba RV and Camping Industry.”

Although we are very proud to be bringing the first Black Diamond Edition into Manitoba and to Cherry Hill Living with it’s cutting edge sleek modern design, we want to emphasize that there are plenty of other options for you, which cover a wide variety of Recreational Vehicles welcome at Cherry Hill Living.

Finished Exterior – Living Room end with covered deck – notice the diamond design on the deck, very cool!IMG_5526

Finished Exterior – Bedroom end

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Interior – Corian Counter Grey, White Glossy Cupboards, DishwasherIMG_5495

Interior – White Glossy Cupboards, General Electric Range and Fridge, Stainless Steel and Glass fan, built in microwave shelfIMG_5503

Interior Furnishings – Leather Sectional Sofa bed – GreyIMG_5507

Interior – Glass Shower Enclosure

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Interior – Fireplace in Living Room

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Black Diamonds Are Forever – Three

Black Diamond Edition 550-2 Park Model  coming to Cherry Hill Lot #110 – Twelve Stations are the key:

Black Diamond 550-2 lot 110 the Chateau's at Cherry Hill Living - showing windows & doors - deck side - 5 - 6 - 7 - (2)

If you have been following the progress of this beauty then you know that it is in construction at the General Coach plant for Guy and Charlotte Chateau and will be arriving soon to site #110 at Cherry Hill Living, a lakeside RV and Park Model Community. The construction has been amazing! Stations 5, 6, 7 and 9 are all happening at the same time and running like clockwork. This is Day 17 in the construction process and the lipstick and mascara is going on faster than we can keep you up to date.

Windows and Doors:

The photo above shows the bank of windows and doors going in on the deck side. There are lots of openings including four panels of sliding glass doors, two large bedroom windows, two small hallway windows, and a back door leading into the central hallway. Black metal trim sets them off.

The Siding:

The siding is Canexel. The Chateaus chose a stunning mix of Sierra and Midnight Blue (charcoal with dark blue tint). The accent panel at the back of the unit is in a corrugated metal silver, which is an interesting feature to the Black Diamond Series.

In this article we are featuring photos taken at station 5 through 9 of 12 stations.  Articles ONE  and TWO featured station 1 to 4. To follow along this particular model, there will be further blog articles over the next few weeks until it arrives at Cherry Hill Living’s lakeside RV and Park Model community.

In the meantime,  view the construction video of a regular Park Model going through the assembly line at General Coach.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lsox_wn8cY

OR  the General Coach website www.generalcoach.on.ca/media.html and see the video on “General Coach Factory Tour”

BLACK DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER! 

Station 7 – Siding – Sierra Canexel and Silver Corrugated Metal

 Black Diamond 550-2 lot 110 the Chateau's at Cherry Hill Living - back side - siding - 5 - 6 - 7 - (3)

 BLACK DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER! 

STATION 9 – Windows and Doors – THE CHATEAU’S

One – Front Deck – Living room end

 Black Diamond 550-2 lot 110 the Chateau's at Cherry Hill Living - front deck - living room end - 5 - 6 - 7 - (4)

 Two – Siding and trim on deck side – bedroom to living room

 Black Diamond 550-2 lot 110 the Chateau's at Cherry Hill Living - siding on deck side - from bed room to living room - 5 - 6 - 7 - (1)

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Black Diamonds Are Forever – TWO

Black Diamond Edition 550-2 Park Model  coming to Cherry Hill Lot #110 – Twelve Stations are the key:

Black Diamond 550-2

Black Diamond 550-2

We are racing along the assembly line at General Coach just outside of London, Ontario watching the design, production and build of the first Black Diamond to be custom built for Guy and Charlotte Chateau on Site 110 at Cherry Hill Living. First onto the line on March 17th, we are now on Day 12 and well on the way.

The Cabinet Set:

Last fall Guy and Charlotte picked from a few options for the Black Diamonds which feature sleek modern glossy white modular cabinetry for the kitchen and bathroom.

The Interior Wall Set:

This stage is critical and gives the rooms dimension and shape. The interior walls hold a lot of the pipes and wiring and are designed to allow plenty of room to live in luxurious comfort and style, while the details are hidden away  in the walls.

In this article we are featuring photos taken at station 3 and 4 of 12 stations.  Article ONE featured station 1 and 2. To follow along this particular model, there will be further blog articles over the next few weeks until it arrives at Cherry Hill Living’s lakeside RV and Park Model community.

In the meantime,  view the construction video of a regular Park Model going through the assembly line at General Coach.

OR  the General Coach website www.generalcoach.on.ca/media.html and see the video on “General Coach Factory Tour”

BLACK DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER! 

STATION 2 – THE FLOOR –

Colour: Forest Oak 669D Vinyl Flooring

 Black Diamond 550-2 lot 110 the Chateau's at Cherry Hill Living - the floor - station - 2 - (5)

BLACK DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER! 

STATION 3 – CABINET SET – MARCH 30 – DAY 10 – THE CHATEAU’S

One – Living room and front deck

Black Diamond 550-2 lot 110 the Chateau's at Cherry Hill Living - the cabinets - 3 - (1) - living room and front porch end 

Two – Kitchen and Living Room

 Black Diamond 550-2 lot 110 the Chateau's at Cherry Hill Living - the cabnits - 3 - (2) - kitchen and living room

Three – Kitchen – Colour: Glossy White Cabinetry

 Black Diamond 550-2 lot 110 the Chateau's at Cherry Hill Living - the cabnits - 3 - (3) - the kitchen

Four – Bathroom Cabinetry

 Black Diamond 550-2 lot 110 the Chateau's at Cherry Hill Living - the cabnits - 3 -(4) - bath room

Five – Bathroom tub and shower enclosure with rain shower

Black Diamond 550-2 lot 110 the Chateau's at Cherry Hill Living - the cabnits - 3 - (5) - bath room

BLACK DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER! 

STATION 4 – INTERIOR WALL SET – APRIL 1 – DAY 12 – THE CHATEAU’S

One – Wall panelling – after flooring is installed – Colour: Clouds 800

 Black Diamond 550-2 lot 110 the Chateau's at Cherry Hill Living - the interior walls - 4 - (1) - wall paneling - after flooring is installed - up go the walls

Two – Hot Water on demand unit laying on the floor

 Black Diamond 550-2 lot 110 the Chateau's at Cherry Hill Living - the interior walls - 4 - (2) - hot water on demand unit laying on the floor

Three – Preparing six inch exterior walls with six mill poly

 Black Diamond 550-2 lot 110 the Chateau's at Cherry Hill Living - the interior walls - 4 - (3) - preping six inch exterior walls with six mill poly

Four – Six inch exterior walls are up – living room end

Black Diamond 550-2 lot 110 the Chateau's at Cherry Hill Living - the interior walls - 4 - (4) - six inch exterior walls are up - living room end 

Five – Plumbing pipes and location of hot water on demand – bedroom end

 Black Diamond 550-2 lot 110 the Chateau's at Cherry Hill Living - the interior walls - 4 - (5) - plumbing pips and location of hot water on demand - bed room end

Six – Second bedroom – Lower bunk bed with window

 Black Diamond 550-2 lot 110 the Chateau's at Cherry Hill Living - the interior walls - 4 - (6) - lower buck bed

Seven – Second bedroom – Upper bunk bed with window

 Black Diamond 550-2 lot 110 the Chateau's at Cherry Hill Living - the interior walls - 4 - (7) - upper bunk bed

Eight – Trusses and roof line

 Black Diamond 550-2 lot 110 the Chateau's at Cherry Hill Living - the interior walls - 3 - (8) - trusses and roof line

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Black Diamonds Are Forever – ONE

Black Diamond Edition 550-2 Park Model  coming to Cherry Hill Lot #110 – Twelve Stations are the key:

Black Diamond 550-2

Black Diamond 550-2

Last September our group took a trip to General Coach just outside of London, Ontario, to see just how this is done and to our amazement, a beautiful product emerged at the other end of an assembly line in a matter of the few hours it took to tour the plant. Realistically speaking, it takes less than a few weeks once the order hits the assembly line.

Guy and Charlotte spent weeks pouring over options presented to them in a step by step process. They had many questions from what the floors are made of to the colours of the counter tops and the exterior finishes. It was with great anticipation we went through each set of options as they presented themselves. By the time we were ready to place the final order it was eight weeks later (December 10th).

Let’s follow the progress of the Black Diamond Edition 550-2 ordered last fall by Guy and Charlotte Chateau for site #110 at Cherry Hill Living to arrive in a few weeks.

The Frame:

First they take a heavy duty tubular steel  frame with detachable hitch. Then add a seamless fiber mesh underbelly.

On top of the steel frame is placed 2″x 8″ transverse floor joists on 16″ centers with  R20 pink insulation.

This holds the guts of the unit – plumbing, heating, and electrical.

The Floor:

The floor is finished off with  3/4″ Tongue and Groove Plywood Subfloor, both glued and screwed, ready for the wood grain vinyl flooring throughout.

In this article we are featuring station 1 and 2 of 12 stations.  To follow along this particular model, there will be further blog articles over the next few weeks.

In the meantime, you can view the construction video of a regular Park Model going through the assembly line at General Coach.

OR  the General Coach website at

www.generalcoach.on.ca/media.html and see the video on “General Coach Factory Tour”

To clarify some of the differences in the park model in the video and the Black Diamond we are featuring here, note the following pertaining to station 1 and 2:

– the Black Diamond Edition features 3/4″ plywood

– the Black Diamond Edition features 2″ x 8″ floor joists

 BLACK DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER! 

STATION 1 – THE FRAME – MARCH 17 – THE CHATEAU’S

One – 2″ x 8″ floor joists

Back Diamond 550-2 lot 110 the Chateau's at Cherry Hill Living - the frame - station - 1 - (1)

Two – heat ducting and R20 Insulation

Back Diamond 550-2 lot 110 the Chateau's at Cherry Hill Living - the frame - station - 1 - (2)

Three – reinforced joists

Back Diamond 550-2 lot 110 the Chateau's at Cherry Hill Living - the frame - station - 1 - (3)

Four – detachable hitch

Back Diamond 550-2 lot 110 the Chateau's at Cherry Hill Living - the frame - station - 1 - (4)

BLACK DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER! 

STATION 2 – THE FLOOR – MARCH 22 – THE CHATEAU’S

One – 3/4″ tongue and groove plywood subfloor

Black Diamond 550-2 lot 110 the Chateau's at Cherry Hill living - the floor - station - 2 - (1)

Two

Black Diamond 550-2 lot 110 the Chateau's at Cherry Hill living - the floor - station - 2 - (2)

Three – waterlines

Black Diamond 550-2 lot 110 the Chateau's at Cherry Hill living - the floor - station - 2 - (3)

Four – chasy

Black Diamond 550-2 lot 110 the Chateau's at Cherry Hill living - the floor - station - 2 - (4)

 

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Living the Life of the Rich & Famous, But on their Own Dime: Chateau

What’s a good looking, freedom seeking, retired couple from Winnipeg doing hanging in a tequila shop in Mexico?

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What should anyone from Canada be doing in the middle of a cold winter but be enjoying their new home in a snow birder’s enclave in the south.

In Guy and Charlotte Chateau’s case, they have chosen the great little beach town of Rincon de Guayabitos, flanked on either side by the town of Los Ayala and the more commercial town of La Penita, an hour’s drive north of Puerto Vallarta through the mountains. They are within walking distance of both towns. In Guayabitos there are restaurants galore, grocery stores on just about every corner, lots and lots of souvenir and t-shirt shops, two excellent quality meat stores, a huge fruiteria with fresh vegetables and fruit, two fish markets, pharmacies, lots of hotels, a golf course and a beautiful Catholic Church. You don’t need a car to go anywhere. If walking is not your bag, there are collectivos (vans that act like buses for .70 a ride (9 pesos) or taxis will take you to the next town for $2.50 (30 pesos).

Let me introduce one of Cherry Hill Living’s newest residents who will be moving in this spring. Guy and Charlotte Chateau first came to Cherry Hill looking for a place to spend their Canadian summers so that they could spend the winter down south. They spent a few weeks in the fall pouring over plans and photos of the new Black Diamond Editions being introduced to Cherry Hill’s park model offerings. We will be sharing their experiences of ordering their BDE 550-2 in a following blog article.

Guy and Charlotte sold their large beautiful home on the Red River and started looking. They fell in love with the peaceful setting at Cherry Hill. They were convinced that this is where they wanted to spend their summers so that their grown children and grandchildren could visit and enjoy the park with them.

Charlotte reports from Rincon:

“There are plenty of parties and occasions to celebrate and we are welcomed everywhere.

Ismael, the owner of our condo hotel, Loma Linda, put on a staff appreciation party and all the hotel guest were invited! The taco soup, stuffed chicken breast, herbed spaghetti, salads, and croissants were absolutely wonderful! We met the families of each staff member and it was all quite delightful”, she says.

“Christmas was celebrated on the brand new rooftop patio. There were 19 of us and we all brought a dish and an appetizer. The 360 degree view of the ocean and mountains was truly breathtaking! Ismael hired a guitar player who serenaded us as we watched the full moon come up over the mountains.

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During the holidays, Alva, a former restaurant owner, enchanted us with cooking classes. We learnt four different salsa and enchiladas, and six shrimp recipes.”

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Charlotte continues excitedly:

” The weather has been wonderful with only a few cloudy days. Many spend their days on the beach but it’s also great that our hotel has a well cared for pool. I love the opportunity to do laps and aqua size every day. Around 4 pm is ‘Happy Hour’. We ladies get together for refreshments, snacks and card games.

Our pool at Loma Linda

Our pool at Loma Linda

 

Ladies at cards

Ladies at cards

Guy joins groups that walk every day. Three times a week he hikes in the mountains with another group. The camaraderie and exercise is exhilarating!

The newest entertainment in town is the movie theatre.  Tuesdays every movie is  English. We saw Star Wars VII and Point Break in 3D for 50 pesos (under $5)  and saw The Revenant for $35 pesos (Under $3).  We also saw a really bad B movie called: The Fifth Wave…not to be recommended.  (Teenagers save the world from aliens movie!)

Seventy of us went to an 89th birthday party for a guest here called Carmel.  She is a live wire!  When someone offered to set her up with a 92 year old gentleman, she did a classic double take and hand on hip said: ‘Honey!  40 year olds have trouble keeping up with me!’  And she’s absolutely right!

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In February, we had our Second Annual Loma Linda Winter Games!  The games: from hoola hoop tossing to water bottle bowling. The night ended with dancing and Karaoke!

Love boats and the warm ocean breeze caressing your face? During a tour with six other couples from the hotel, we searched for whales. But because it’s been so hot and the ocean too warm, they migrated further out to sea. We did, however, snag a fish on the trolling lines and Guy hauled it in.  It gave him quite a fight. I thought I had captured it all on video! When I turned my device “off” the numbers started rolling!  I didn’t have any footage as I hadn’t pressed the “on” button!  Note to self: Take the sunglasses off when attempting video footage.  The fish was a small tuna to everyone’s disappointment and surprise.  He was a feisty one!

Guy with his tuna

Guy with his tuna

Landing at  beautiful pristine Chacala beach we enjoyed lunch ashore, spending the afternoon swimming in the warm clear water and walking the fine sand beach.  As the boat pushed out from shore into the ocean, a huge wave flooded the boat!  Everyone in the bow got drenched!  We had a good laugh!

Hasta la bye-bye folks!”

Guy and Charlotte’s lifestyle is typical of many Canadians looking for an affordable yet active way to enjoy the best years of their life and make their retirement nest egg work for them. We look forward to welcoming them and others to the community at Cherry Hill Living this summer and hearing more stories from you in this new ‘Lifestyles Series’.

What’s your last (next) big adventure?

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Creating A Village

 

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We’ve all heard the phrase, “it takes a village”. At Cherry Hill living, that couldn’t ring more true. Villages have it all, children, teenagers, parents, and those that are looking for their “last big adventure”. We love hosting people of all ages and interests and pride ourselves on bringing North Americans together.

For those of us that are looking for our “last big adventure” we want a place to look forward to, where the setting is vibrant and varied. We want to spend our retirement in a setting with people of all ages, our very own “village”. It’s all too common now for family members to avoid retirement homes thanks to the stigmas and stereotypes surrounding them. Even the name, “senior home” is a turn off!

At the end of the day, a village is a place where people look after one another. It’s a place where everyone feels comfortable being themselves and all generations look forward to visiting. As much as we’d like to think it were true, we know that grandkids don’t look forward to visiting senior homes and playing shuffle board. Cherry Hill Living goes beyond that. It’s a way for families to connect in a vacation space that reminds people of their times at the cottage or cabin. Spending time at Cherry Hill means your family feels less like they have to be there, and more like it’s a family vacation!

As seniors ourselves the one thing I know for sure is that the kids don’t want to look after us. We want to live in an environment where our kids have their own lives and look forward to visiting us, just to say hi!

So our question to you is, how great would it be to live in a village that’s full of young (both at heart and physically), vibrant, and fun people. No matter how much your grandkids care about you, they want to visit somewhere that’s a breath of fresh air. At Cherry Hill, we’re dedicated to making sure you have the best facilities at your disposal and a place to call home.

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