Foundation
Day 55: Footings!

Day 55: Footings!

After the holiday weekend, the footings were chalked out today. For anyone that is wondering, the footings are large slabs of concrete that sit at the bottom of the basement walls to prevent the walls from shifting in the dirt by distributing the load of the house over a larger area of earth. Our footings...
Day 54

Day 54

The rest of the dirt from the theater, driveway, and basement grade was moved to the back yard – so it can be used as back-fill dirt when the basement walls are done – but, two additional truckloads needed to be taken away. At this point, the basement grade is level, the theater cuts are...
Day 53

Day 53

The initial driveway slope was created, mostly to allow the mini-excavator and bobcat to go up it, the steps in the theater were completed, the shoring between the basement and driveway was back-filled, and the excavated grade was leveled. Most of the excess dirt was moved to the backyard area (bottom right of the video)...
Day 52

Day 52

The crew spent most of the day wrapping up the shoring between the driveway and the theater (top left of video), although they also managed to do a bit more leveling of the basement sub-floor.
Day 51: Foundation Prep

Day 51: Foundation Prep

The shoring/excavation/concrete contractor switched crews today from the excavation guys to the concrete guys! This means that we have officially started work on the foundation. The new crew spent about half the day getting their bearings, pulling strings, taking elevations, etc. The second half of the day was spent excavating the steps in the theater...