DIGGIN IT – DAY 3 & 4

The footings are ready for pouring concrete

The forms are ready for pouring concrete

There has been quite a bit of progress the last couple of days. The wall forms are now up and we are just waiting for them to pour the concrete walls next week some time. It’s been raining every couple of days this summer which has been slowing down the progress, but on the bright side, at least things are happening. Here are the latest photos.

Day 3 & 4

Day 3 & 4

 

The wall footings

The wall forms

 

Inside the future basement

Inside the future basement

 

DIGGIN IT – DAY 1

After yesterday’s frustration about the rain holding off the contractors ability to start digging our basement and foundation as planned, I was super excited today when we drove by the property. There was machinery, giant piles of soil and lots of men hard at work. FINALLY something is happening at our property after months and months of nothing. I am so thankful that things will be moving along now.

Here’s what it looked like at the end of day 1:

Day 1 of digging the basement

Day 1 of digging the basement

The only glitch today was a mix up with the plans. They were setting up the foundation for brick and we are siding the house so they had to change a few things but luckily that was caught in time. And, the water table is high on this property which limits the depth so they really could only dig about 4-5 feet. So with our 9′ basement ceiling height the basement will show quite a ways above ground so it won’t have the low rancher profile. I think that with fill and proper grading and some creative landscaping the end result will be great.

THE WAIT CONTINUES…

The house awaiting a foundation

The house awaiting a foundation

For the last few months our future house has been sitting in limbo looking like it had been dumped on blocks and then forgotten…at lease I’m sure that’s what our future neighbors have been thinking. But in actuality, there has been quite a bit of work going on inside. Dave, a hard working man of all trades has spent many days completely gutting the house down to the frame.

Originally we thought we would only have to do the kitchen and dining room but we realized that the roof leak and water damage went beyond just those two rooms and after a domino effect every room in the house is now down to just the framing. The house is now exactly how it would have stood about fifty years ago when it was being built. Although this made for A LOT more work than originally planned, it will now have fresh insulation, drywall and electrical which is a plus.

 

The inside of the home down to the original frame

The inside of the home down to the original frame

So now we continue to wait for a date for the foundation and basement to get started which fingers crossed should be before the end of the month.

 

 

MOVIN AND GROOVIN!

House moving day!

House moving day!

After a long wait and a lot of work on the part of the moving team, my husband, brother-in-law and other help, our 1965 ranch house was successfully moved to it’s new location this morning…and in record time. I unfortunately missed the house being moved off of the basement and heading onto the plowed road my husband and brother-in-law paved (well, not technically, but they plowed the route through the fields over and over until it was a nice flat surface for the large moving truck). I thought the process would take hours but the whole move only took about half an hour. Unfortunately, I took too much time picking up a box of coffee and donuts for them while they decided to get the job done before coffee time…how’s that for dedicated workers! When I got to the house it was already long gone – can you see it way back there in the distance in the photo below?  That’s all I saw when I arrived.

The house was long gone when I arrived.

The house was long gone when I arrived.

I grabbed a few quick photos of the exposed basement hole in the ground which strangely looked a lot smaller than it had when actually in it.

The house's original basement exposed and empty.

The house’s original basement exposed and empty.

House is off of the basement.

House is off of the basement.

After checking out the basement quickly and seeing the house already far in the distance I jumped back in the car, high tailing it out of there in hopes to catch it on the other end. I got to the side of the road where it would be crossing with only five minutes to spare. I luckily was able to get some photos of it coming closer and closer and finally crossing the road without issue and it was soon settled on our new property. Quite amazing to see really.

Here it comes!

Here it comes!

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Moving along...

Moving along…

 

Making it's way across the road.

Making it’s way across the road.

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It made it safely across.

It made it safely across.

 

Almost home.

Almost home.

Timing was everything with this move and although it was not fun for them to work in this freezing -20 degree weather and snow, this is exactly the weather needed to get the house moved. The consistently cold temperature for the last couple of months froze the ground nice and solid (but too solid to dig a foundation ahead of time.) And the large dumping of snow we had recently was also ideal to help cover the bumpy fields it would travel on, especially after being plowed fairly flat. And because they were able to move it through fields and not have to utilize roads we saved a great deal of money not having to deal with hydro wires, etc. I was impressed with the whole process and especially the speed in which it was all carried out. I think everyone involved was pumped. Now that it’s moved, spring is more than welcome to come early so we can get the foundation and basement poured to get the house on. Then the real fun will start!

ON THE MOVE

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House on blocks and beams in preparation for moving.

We woke up this morning to beautiful blue skies and a bright sun but it was bitter cold. That didn’t stop the guys from working hard all day today and yesterday getting the house ready to be moved. There was hours of work to be done indoors and outdoors but the company doing the moving come with many years of experience moving homes and buildings and they know what they’re doing. When I stopped by to bring them some hot coffee I was able to snap a few quick photos. Large beams were placed under the floor in preparation to move the house. The house looks to be in shambles with the old paper peeling off in spots and some panelling providing a little extra support to the middle of the house but in a few months it will look completely different…for the better.

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House is looking a bit torn apart but ready to move.

While the moving guys worked at the house, my husband and brother-in-law spent the day plowing a road through the fields making a smoother path for the truck that will be carrying the house to it’s new home as early as tomorrow. Hard to believe that this house built on it’s current property fifty years ago will have a new home. The original home owners excitedly watched it being built for their family in the sixties and now we get to watch it be moved to our new property and become home to our family. If all goes as planned, the house will make the trip through the fields of snow tomorrow morning.

 

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Building a highway on fields of snow.