our journey building our coastal inspired dream home
The final product! Very exciting to have it done!!!
The crew worked so quickly and so well together – each of them had different jobs and it was really neat to watch how orchestrated the pour was. You can tell they had all been working together for a while and really knew what they were doing. They were making it look easy – but it was definitely hard work.
Here’s the pump truck – you can really see how uneven and sloped our future driveway is right now!
The arm on the pump truck was so big!
The concrete and pump trucks were situated up by the road with the arm of the pump truck reaching over the basement wall.
Here’s Cameron, standing in the garage with it backfilled part of the way – he’ll never get to do that again!
Most of the backfilling around the basement had been done by now, and it’s pretty awesome to see the backyard grading start to take shape.
Here’s what the house looked like at the start of the week.
All of the plumbing that had to be run in the basement slab was installed.
Here’s Spencer standing next to the house – he was all about getting filthy dirty today. At one point he even kicked his sandals off. Ick – those went back on – immediately!
In action – regrading the back patio area…and the plumber looking annoyed about the digging!
By the end of the week, here’s what the progress looked like in panorama.
The first layer of the waterproofing, a bituminous spray-on, has been applied.
Here they are adding more gravel for the base material (and for drainage underneath the basement slab).
This is the 2nd layer of the waterproofing, a dimpled membrane with geotextile – American Wick Sheetdrain 180
By the end of the day on Friday it’s all formed and ready for the pour on Monday!
At work it’s standard to have “safety moments” before each meeting…had to share this one.
Here’s the garage – it seems like such a waste that it’s all going to be filled in with dirt – we’re not having any living space beneath the garage. Cameron wanted to make it an indoor basketball court! There’s an idea!
A quick pic inside the walls at Spencer’s room.
Rebar at sunset – whata view!
Cameron always wants to check the progress out with me! Love it!
Here’s the concrete pump truck.
I wish the boys were here to see this – this guy has a remote control to maneuver the articulating robotic arm of the pump truck.
These guys have the scary work – standing on top of 10′ walls, filling them with concrete and then vibrating them. My dream job? No thank you!
The formwork has all been stripped and now you can really see the concrete walls & footings in the basement.
Another view of the basement walls – this time from standing in the (future) back yard.
By Friday they started to fill the footings with gravel using a conveyor belt system. Reminds me of working on I-405!
Here’s the finished product Wednesday night…we have footings!
Check out that rebar 🙂
There’s Cameron on Thursday – standing in his bedroom.
The guys even worked the Friday before the 4th of July! Lucky for us! And they started to form the walls up in the basement.
On Wednesday they poured the footings. From the concrete truck to the pump to our footings.
They reached over the excavated area to get to our footings.
Another picture of the pump and our footings.
By the end of the day on Tuesday the formwork was up and pretty close to being ready for concrete.
Here’s a shot of Joel and the boys standing next to the excavation for the basement – just to give you some scale.
Just some quick math for the garage retaining wall’s footing…they must have run out of graph paper 😉
Monday they made all the cuts and had it laid out.