The One In Which The House Is Finally Started
The excavation was delayed a bit due to rain, but yesterday we trekked out to the site of our future home, and just look what we found!
The excavation is done as are the footings! Woo hoo!!! The forms for pouring the concrete foundation were all standing about, waiting to be put in place. We heard from the builder today. The forms have since been put in place and they were prepared to pour the concrete today.
More forms, stacked and ready to go.
Here's another view of the beautiful thing that will soon be our home. See that rectangle of concrete that juts out from the rest at the bottom of the photo? That's about where our front entry will be. The living and dining rooms will be off to the left, kitchen straight across, and the bedrooms off to the right.
This is along the west wall. The rebar embedded in the concrete will reinforce the foundation walls that were poured today.
As we were oohing and aahing over our new basement, something ran across our yard, way out in the distance. Can you see it?
Now, can you see it? There are actually two of them. Look very closely on the far left of the picture to see the less obvious one. (Hint:click on the photo for an even better view.)
We asked them to be careful about the two small birch trees that stand near the house. As you can see here, they came right up to this one, but left the tree itself unscathed. The rock just to the right of the tree was not there before. I'm guessing it was dug out of the ground when they were excavating. We're just glad they didn't find anything bigger. Our builder told us he once encountered an eight-foot long rock when attempting to excavate for a house.
We found this attached to one of the plethora of boxelder trees on the lot. The permit is a beautiful thing. The multitude of boxelder bugs swarming on it? More of an eeeewwww thing.
They've also been working on our driveway. It's probably not quite so obvious to anyone who has never tried to drive through our extremely bumpy lot as it is to us, but the driveway is shaping up very nicely. That big machine behind the Geek was the first thing we saw as we approached our property yesterday.
Last, but by no means least, is our south view. This was taken from what will be the exit of our walkout. The living room and dining room will be directly above the walkout and have big windows facing the same direction, which means that this will be our main view. Gotta love it.
This week they are finishing the foundation, digging the well, and making sure the foundation is prepared for the house, which will be delivered on Monday, Sept 17th – just one week away! We are going to spend the day out there and watch as they take factory-built walls and fit them into place to make our new home! Come back for more pictures. Things are moving along now!