OK, this is getting silly now. It's been a week since anything has happened with the foundation. We're emailing the builder tonight.
Well, still no concrete...this is driving me crazy! We may even have to postpone the first pool site visit (planned for some time next week), and choosing the granite slabs (which I was hoping to be able to do in a few weeks). But I'm guessing things will pick up as soon as the survey report comes in.
That's what they've been waiting on! I can't believe I didn't think of that, I kept asking if it was the structural engineer - I totally forgot they needed to survey the placement of the slab before they poured all that concrete!
Fuz went out today after work, since the last two trips had been a bust, so the pics are courtesy him tonight. It appears they did come out and survey, plus it looks like the water utility came out and marked the water line today.
Fuz first noticed the spray painted blue lines as he drove up.
On closer inspection, he realized it's the water line that runs along the street boundary of the property.
The builder emailed this morning to say they were waiting on the survey, to be sure the placement of the foundation isn't encroaching on any easements/reserves before they pour it and it becomes impossible to move. We think the survey was done today due to the addition of the pink flags to the wooden posts (these are from when they measured the lot to set the foundation forms, the black posts ones we installed near the original survey pins).
Yup...no work today either. I didn't take any pictures. We're going to e-mail the builder about it tonight.
No work today :( We think they wanted to do the first pour, but it may have drizzled just a little.
Teeny weeny puddles that (we think) put the kibosh on work today.
Only preliminary foundation plumbing happened at the lot today, and our first inspection! Apparently our foundation is a "two pour" foundation, so the inspector came out to take a look and some measurements before they pour anything. We'll get our first report tonight :)
This is the inside of what we think is the main line into the house. The water softener loop will be close to this pipe (in the utility room). Below is the outside of this same pipe.
This is the inside of what we think is the septic outflow. According to the septic plans, the washouts are on the other side of this wall (which is a closet). Below is the outside, for now.
We stopped by yesterday, because when we were there on Friday the crew was there, and we wanted to really check out the work that had been done since Wednesday. Imagine our surprise when we realized they were working on Saturday afternoon! So we just did a drive by, and went back later in the evening. They had finished for the day, so I got a lot of pictures. We also met another neighbor who's in the process of moving, she was really interesting, said she worked with some MIT folks for a while, on the Apollo missions! Apparently, the team she was on was in charge of trajectories. Totally cool!
They're lining the foundation with waterproofing now, several layers worth. We're going to try to be vigilant for holes, and to make sure the overlaps are sealed - as you'll see, no job is too big for duct tape!
They also brought in the temporary electricity pole/meter, and the backhoe and bobcat are still living on the lot. I think I want to seed the empty part of the lot with wildflowers (maybe this fall). We have a few in the area right now, so I took a couple shots of them, but I need to learn how to use the macro feature on our camera, so I apologize in advance for the blurriness.
So we didn't make it out to the lot last night. I know, 'boo' me, no blog right after I asked for more comments. But we were back out today - never fear - and there were definitely signs of progress.
They're framing out the foundation, building the plywood form that the concrete will be poured into. This means that soon the engineer and inspector will be out there (us too!) to make sure all is well before they pour. I'm thinking by the end of next week, we'll possibly actually have a slab, believe it or not. Keep in mind this is 9 days in. I'm impressed.
When we got there they were still on site (about 6PM), which is always a little uncomfortable for me, especially since I'm taking pictures. We noticed the backhoe/front end loader and bobcat are both parked away from the action right now, which made me wonder out loud if they leave them there on the weekends :) The pics are probably not as high quality tonight though, as our camera informed me its batteries were "exhausted" when I turned it on at the lot, so I had to resort to my phone. Take a look and see, they're so small here that you may not even notice...
Not much happened today, but even He took a break on day 7! We did have a chance to talk to the neighbors this evening though, which was nice. We talked a lot about the tricky soil in the area, and the foundation woes that we're probably avoiding by building the "super foundation" that we are. They mentioned the name of a high speed internet provider in the area. And we talked about fencing, and the fact that we both hope the last lot that's currently empty and unsold remains empty - even if it gets sold. They're nice, and it's good to know they're friendly and looking out for us - they told us how late the crew stayed last night, and how early they came in this morning. They're both in real estate, and they told us how quickly it'll go after the frame goes up (same thing T commented on in an earlier post - keep those comments coming, I love them!)
We did choose a phase inspector, and he and the builder are in touch, so we can cross that off our list, thankfully. Only a few more calls to make (both pool related), to the pool company and the homeowners' association, and then everything really will be on its own schedule - with all decisions made.
Anyways, I promised a slideshow today, and I do have a few pics of what did actually happen today, so without further ado (M need not view - it's all dirt :P)...