Day 55: Footings!

Day 55: Footings!

After the holiday weekend, the footings were chalked out today. For anyone that is wondering, the footings are large slabs of concrete that sit at the bottom of the basement walls to prevent the walls from shifting in the dirt by distributing the load of the house over a larger...
Day 51: Foundation Prep

Day 51: Foundation Prep

The shoring/excavation/concrete contractor switched crews today from the excavation guys to the concrete guys! This means that we have officially started work on the foundation. The new crew spent about half the day getting their bearings, pulling strings, taking elevations, etc. The second half of the day was spent excavating...
Time to Excavate!

Time to Excavate!

Day 25 and the dirt can finally go! Yup, that means excavation started today, which is a big step. It doesn’t look like much happened, but about 160 CY (cubic yards) of dirt was removed … or 16 truck loads. Not bad considering there were only four trucks today. Why...
Shoring has started!

Shoring has started!

Work day 17 and the prep work is complete meaning the I-beams are finally going in the ground. Eight beams were placed today, although only 6 were filled with concrete (due to a slight miscalculation). The last two will be filled tomorrow along with ten new beams. Overall, the process...
Demolition has begun!

Demolition has begun!

After a little over four years (1,616 days – but who’s counting?) of planning, fighting with the city, public hearings, and legal battles – we have finally broken ground on our house.  Ok, to be fair we knocked down the old house, but its a start!  We had a crowd...
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Day 66

Day 66

The guys finished the lower footing cage along the entire east wall (right of video) and most of the south wall (middle of video). It is really amazing to see how much effort it takes to bend, place, and tie all of the rebar.
Day 65

Day 65

Another day of bending, placing, and tying rebar… lots and lots of rebar. About half of the east wall (right of video) and a good amount of the theater room have the lower cage in place. After all of the lower rebar is in place in the footing excavations, we still need vertical rebar for...
Day 64

Day 64

Foundation drain pipes were placed along the east basement wall (right of video). The pipes were placed now so that they can extend under the concrete that will be poured for the footings, but will not be connected to anything until later. The guys got a huge amount of rebar placed today, but there is...
Day 63

Day 63

The footing forms were completed today, and the crew can start bending, laying, and tying rebar. There is a massive amount of rebar going in the footings, and that is just a drop in the bucket compared to the walls and first floor slab. At some point, I’ll do the math and fill everyone in...
Day 62

Day 62

The crew is making good progress on the forms for the footings, it is about 80% done at this point. Most of the remaining forms need to be placed along the east side of the garage wall.
Day 61

Day 61

The crew worked on the footing forms today, making good progress. The layout of the walls is starting to become a little more visible.
Day 60

Day 60

The footing excavations were completed today for the first stage, which is everything except the west wall (left side of video). After the footing excavations were completed, the crew started placing wooden forms that will be used to hold the vertical rebar during placement.
Day 59

Day 59

The crew made great progress today on the footing excavations, completing nearly all of the living space (top of video), the entire east wall (right of video), and the elevator pit. After all of this time prepping the site, its exciting to finally start seeing the semblance of a house.
Waterslide!

Waterslide!

The workers left us with such a nice flat ramp on Friday, we figured it was time to have some fun. So, we went to the local hardware store and bought 100ft of 6mil plastic… add a few sprinklers and we had ourselves a nice slip-n-slide. Turns out 100ft wasn’t enough, so we added a...
Day 58

Day 58

The lagging for the west wall, where the pole had been, was completed today. Now that the shoring is done, we are finally free to work anywhere on the site! After lunch, the guys completed the excavation for the footings along the north wall (top of video) of the basement, and started on the excavation...
Day 57

Day 57

The drain pipe for the low-point in the theater was placed in the trench that was laid yesterday and the trench was back-filled. The slope on the north east side of the theater (top right of video) was corrected and the driveway slope (top left) was made usable. After lunch, the electric company finally showed...
Day 56

Day 56

This morning was spent discussing some strategies in the morning, and the afternoon was spent digging a 4ft deep trench to feed a foundation drain from the lowest point of the theater room to the garage – where a sump pit will be placed. The foundation drains collect water finds its way between the soil...