A Solid Foundation (Building Part 2)

So after the house was demolished on April 3, the lot was scraped, graded, and back-filled in the days/weeks immediately following.

Several of our trees damaged in the fire were the last things to be cleared off the lot.
After the lot was cleared, pad prep began for the foundation. 18-24 inches of dirt is removed and replaced. Watching this happen is fascinating, and not for the faint of heart!

And though we had hoped that we would start to build quickly, as all things in this process, we waited some more. Finally, in early June the foundation forms were laid. This was a HUGE step forward. We were not only out with the old, and we were no longer idling in neutral – we were moving forward!!

First the perimeter is marked off.
Then the trenches are dug and the rebar is laid.
We’re almost ready…

Then on June 18, the foundation was poured.

This is the machine that transfers the concrete from the mixer truck to the forms on the ground.
The guy on the left is driving the boom which carries the concrete. The men in giant wellies follow the boom around and distribute and smooth the concrete. Its really neat to watch. Even James enjoyed all the commotion.

Interesting factoids…it takes 3 minutes and 23 seconds to empty a full cement truck…

And it took approximately 14 trucks to complete our foundation (I lost count to be honest, but that is what the man driving the rigging said.)

This is the line up of trucks waiting to off-load. There was a steady stream until all the foundation was laid. The concrete crusts so fast that you can’t have a gap between trucks.

At the end of  the day, here was our beautiful foundation.

By the end of the day, you could walk across the surface.

It rained that night, which concerned us at first until we learned that the rain (watering) actually helps to cure the concrete. June 18 was a magnificent day!

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4 thoughts on “A Solid Foundation (Building Part 2)

  1. Mom August 2, 2012 / 4:02 pm

    AAAAHHHHHH-AMAZING. WHAT A PROCESS! I would have had to pack a picnic that day as I just love to watch this kinda stuff 😊😊😊

  2. Fran August 2, 2012 / 9:20 pm

    Eileen, you and Chris are awakening my memories from the mid-70’s (about your same age) when Uncle John and I did a NEW house in St. Louis. Did not get the “start” u did, but built from the ground up. It’s a def once-in-a-lifetime I n.e.v.e.r wanted to repeat. Lends new meaning to sleep deprived. I had a full-time job; you have James = terror !! Can hardly wait to see your “Phoenix”. Your are gonna be SO proud of yourselves. Looking fwd to the next “Part”. Huge hugs, Fran.

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