Yeah, I know. It’s been awhile. Don’t remind me. First nothing was going on. Then everything. I will try to get back on track here and update you all with the progress. And progress there has been!
The first thing that goes on when building a house, of course, is the foundation. I never knew what went into it, cement I figured, but I never gave it too much thought. But seeing the progress day by day, it truly was amazing just how many man hours and how much material went into what is underneath my house, stuff you are never going to see.
First they marked the area with red paint. Thank goodness it didn’t rain before they came back to start digging!
During the few days it took to do all these trenches, it would rain. It was very slow going for a while because they would have to wait for it to dry out before any more work could be done.
Then, they accidentally cut our water line and a temporary fix was done – a hose. Which we are still using until it’s time to start working on the well. Believe it or not, the pressure is better now!
Next rebar goes in for support.
Next comes the cement….
What couldn’t be poured directly from the truck had to be moved with a large metal bucket. It was very labor intensive!
After all the cement was poured, again the rain delayed the process. The workers had to clean off the cement a few days!
So, it mostly dried out, and now the dirt has to be moved and the site cleaned up.
Okay, now after the site it cleaned up, there are red lines drawn on the cement, and in come the cement blocks!
They build them and level them, you would think it’s easy, but with laying the mortar just so, and leveling them off each time, it’s a tremendously labor intensive process.
Next they “parged” the outside area of cinder blocks. It’s a cement plaster that makes a smooth surface.
Next came piles of dirt and they rolled on a black tar-like substance….waterproofing.
More metal is inserted to make the blocks even stronger…..
And here comes the inspector….
So, all was well and good, and the work continued. So far this took about a week to ten days. The dirt is spread…..
Here is an awesome picture of the entire foundation with the dirt all finished. John took it with our drone. You can see the area between the Crab Shack (Katrina Cottage) and the new addition. We wanted to join the two buildings and hopefully this area, which will have a bathroom and the laundry room, will look like it belongs.
The area (grey-ish dirt) to the right of the pool was where the old house was. We bought the property knowing it had to be knocked down, although it was more expensive and a much bigger production that we thought.
So at this point, we thought the foundation was finished. But it wasn’t. Now it needed rocks!
You see the concrete blocks sitting around in piles…. now it’s their turn to get cemented….
And so, finally, finally the foundation is complete. It took a month from the time the foundation started to the day we got a wood delivery – so the actual building could begin!
Come back next week to see the progress. Enjoy the rainbow ( a good omen in my opinion) and the sunset.