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...
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...
Time to Excavate!

Time to Excavate!

Day 25 and the dirt can finally go! Yup, that means excavation started today, which is a big step. It doesn’t look like much happened, but about 160 CY (cubic yards) of dirt was removed … or 16 truck loads. Not bad considering there were only four trucks today. Why...
Shoring has started!

Shoring has started!

Work day 17 and the prep work is complete meaning the I-beams are finally going in the ground. Eight beams were placed today, although only 6 were filled with concrete (due to a slight miscalculation). The last two will be filled tomorrow along with ten new beams. Overall, the process...
Demolition has begun!

Demolition has begun!

After a little over four years (1,616 days – but who’s counting?) of planning, fighting with the city, public hearings, and legal battles – we have finally broken ground on our house.  Ok, to be fair we knocked down the old house, but its a start!  We had a crowd...
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Day 5

Day 5

After meeting with Jason in the morning, the newly discovered east property wall took all of about 30 minutes to tear out.  Turns out the wall was lacking a footer, so it wasn’t holding anything in place.  Watching the video, it doesn’t look like much happened – but a lot actually did.  The east wall...
Day 4

Day 4

Another day of good progress thanks to there being two trucks again.  At the end of the day, the last two pony walls in the east-middle house are gone, the driveway is gone, the front house basement walls are gone, and the rear house foundation (pad) is gone. The demo guys still haven’t touched the...
Day 3

Day 3

No site work was done on Saturday or Sunday, but it was back in full swing today.  Friday we only had a single truck making runs to the dump, today we had two.  Debris seems to disappear much faster with two trucks as there is a lot less downtime for the excavator operator. The demo...
Demolition Day 2

Demolition Day 2

Turns out four houses sitting on 1/4 acre of land that is 65-70% covered in concrete takes more than a day to demo and clear.  Material has to be sorted (debris, clean concrete, bricks, recyclables, etc), loaded in to separate trucks, and taken to different places.  For example, the clean concrete goes to a crusher...