Monday, June 27, 2011

Progress & Pouring

Things are starting to move pretty quickly, and its been tough to post pictures on a daily basis, so today, I'm catching up.

They started digging the foundation on June 23, and today (only 4 days later) they have the molds in place and are pouring the foundation walls.

At the end of last week, they delivered the excavator, and then started digging on Thursday.  They were done in one day.

Excavation begins, June 22

Our big hole!

Another view of big hole

And another

 Why does it look so small?!

We arrived today to see new big equipment!
I don't know what this one is called.  I call it "concrete pourer thing"

So, I think these are the cookie molds that the concrete
gets poured into.  Plus a lot of lunch coolers.
No trash though, LaLady!

Another view.  Look at my neighbors awesome grass and flower bed.
Boy, are they going to hate us....

View from the big dirt mound.  I thought I would be able to see more.
But mostly what ended up happening was that I fed some ticks
in need of human blood.

You might notice that the footings only have rebar in the font of the house - no rebar in the back of the house.  I immediately noticed this and questioned it in my mind, but didn't bother saying anything because I know there is a footer inspection, and of course, they all know what they are doing.  Then I posed that picture on Facebook, and an architect friend asked the same question.  Then I panicked.

We actually sent an email to our PM, which he answered.  On a Sunday.  He explained that the back wall gets a different type of support.  The difference is because the front wall has a more uninterrupted length of load bearing wall than the back.  I feel a little silly sending an email, but you can't be too careful.  This is the house that I will be living inside of - if something looks weird to me about how its being built, I'm going to ask the question!  I really appreciate his answer, and I hope he remains patient with us.  We are going to send a lot more stupid emails.

So, anyway, if everything is still on schedule, we will get our wood (haha) early next week!


  1. Congrats on the progress...don't blink you will miss the walls being poured. Then it will be time for the waterproofing and then it will seem to come to a halt...just long enough for you to catch your breath.

  2. lol Glad you got some answers! Looks good though. Before you know it, you'll be framed!

  3. We thought the footers looked tiny too! Once you see the basement when it is framed it will look huge!

  4. A&J - boy, I HOPE it looks bigger when the pour the basement. I kept wondering if they had put in the right house model!

    Noey & BD - I know, its going to go fast. We are going out of town for a couple days, and I think that it will correspond with the concrete drying/waterproofing. I don't want to miss any of the framing because i know if I blink, it will be over!

  5. It appears as if it will continue to look small until the wallboard goes up...that seems to be when everyone stops feeling like it is small...we have had the same thoughts with ours.