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 2

Gravel is in

Gravel is in

So after a successful day 1 of starting the hole for the foundation and basement things have progressed a little. Day 2 involved a few minor changes. The basement layout included four support beams down the center which wasn’t a big deal to me since I’d planned the future basement layout around them. But we decided to find out if and how we might take out one or two of the beams so there would be a larger open space for say, a family room. As with any structural change we had to meet with our architect who with some slight adjustments to the footing size gave the go ahead to remove one of the beams. So although a little extra work for the contractors we will have a less obstructed space. They got the new footings poured and added the gravel. Tomorrow after a site meeting with the contractor to discuss window sizes, they will be pouring the basement and things will really start to take shape.

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.

RAIN RAIN GO AWAY…PRETTY PLEASE

rainy days

rainy days

I thought this photo was fitting for the way the weather has been around here lately. A few months ago we were dealing with a very snowy winter with below average temperatures and now it is the great amounts of rain we’ve been getting this spring which has postponed things.

I was happy to hear from the contractor yesterday that after weeks of too much rain keeping them behind on jobs, they were going to be digging our basement/foundation today. Well, you can imagine how excited I was to hear this…until I checked the weather. And as the forecast suggested, today will be a rainy and stormy day. Definitely not the ideal day to be digging. Unfortunately the kitchen that will be delivered to us in two weeks time will have to sit in storage as we will be nowhere close to be being ready to install kitchen cabinets. So…I swallow my frustration once again and tell myself that the house will eventually get a basement and settle on a foundation, it will just take a bit longer.

With more rain supposed to come later this week I really don’t know when they’ll be able to start but I will be celebrating with a glass of bubbly when the house does finally sit on a foundation. I’ll keep you posted. Until then I’ll keep this in mind…

patience

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.