Yesterday all the materials for the foundation were at the lot. For the first time, I realized just how "hardcore" our foundation is going to be. There was also progress with the plumbing, so we have tons of pictures today. I was too tired to put them up last night. We may drive by today, just out of curiosity, but I think the building crew is the only crew that works on weekends (as opposed to the plumbing or cement folks). I'm not sure which crew is setting the cables and rebar though, so there may be activity today.
I realized, due to the comments, that I may not have talked much about the neighborhood we're building in. Our lot is just about 1 acre (1.003 to be precise), and between us and the main road there's a one acre empty lot that's for sale. We're technically on a corner, although the lot is shallow and wide, so the house is being built more along one street than the other. Across that street are four houses, each on about an acre and a half. On our side, there's only one other house, across the corner from us, also on an acre and a half of land. The other street that we're on the corner of ends in a roundabout ("cul-de-sac"), there are six houses on that street, not counting the other corner house. Confusing enough for ya? Basically there are 11 houses, 8 empty lots, and us! Nice and small, very rural feeling - people are private, but we've still been able to meet most of them already, and they're all very nice.
Not as much progress today, but still some noticeable work done. Just a few pics, but they're good ones.
There was much progress today. From the looks of it, they compacted the fill and dug all of the trenches for the second pour of the foundation. We think all that's left is the placement of the rebar/cables, then another double inspection (engineer & our inspector), and then they'll pour the rest of the slab.
In other good news, I'm told the slideshows are back, so we'll try that out again tonight. I also managed to snag some fence pictures, to elaborate some on my last post and the resulting comments.
Nothing new today, and I didn't go to the lot, so no pics of fences :) Probably tomorrow.
We just got back from our daily trek, no work today. We figure they worked on Good Friday, so they decided to have Easter Monday instead. That's OK though, so much happened last week. We also have seriously started thinking about fencing (what type, where to fence, etc). We have some pretty good ideas about what we like, and where we'd like to fence (the pool of course, and part of the backyard too), so we figure we'll ask for a couple of estimates much closer to when we're done building. Fingers crossed that we get some more pictures tomorrow!
So the more we think about it, the more we realized the fridge doesn't need a wastewater line...but the sink in the bonus room (upstairs) does! So we did a quick double-check of the plans, and yes, the pipe we labelled as refrigerator yesterday is actually the bonus room sink. We still think the other "orphan" pipe is for the water heater though. We're also gonna take a peek today to see if anything gets done, although it is Gloria Saturday, so we're not expecting that they're working.
It's pretty cool to see the foundation taking shape. Plumbing (seems like wastewater only - we think) is in. The pictures tell the story best, so here you go:
A LOT of work happened today, so we were quite pleased when we stopped by, plus, we got to meet more neighbors! They have an eight year old, so they were really hoping we have kids...lol...
As Fuz commented, when they are working, they definitely do a lot of work. Pics!
For some reason, the slideshow isn't showing up on the site (although it is in the editing mode) - so I have to redo today and last night as a gallery. Remember, click on the thumbnails to see the captions!
As we drove up to the lot today, we saw a...new...pile of...dirt! Actually, I think it's the backfill material for the cap of the foundation. But they did pour the beams today, and we could see the steel rebar sticking up out of it.
We also got to talk to a neighbor that we had met way back when we were buying the lot. He was very interested in the construction, since he's just about finished building a beautiful home "next" to ours (it's across the side street). He and his wife were their own builder(!) so I'm guessing their process was a lot more involved than ours. He said the foundation should be our focus (which it is), and after hearing about it, he thought ours would stand up well. Apparently there have been problems.
We also managed to set up our granite selection appointment today, and we expect the pool guys to come out next week, so everything's moving along according to schedule.
So without further ado, on to the pictures.
Quick update...the builder just told us we'll be pouring the deep beams today, so expect pictures tonight! Yaay!