Thursday, October 25, 2018

House Construction - Foundation

From the get-go, we knew that we would cut every possible cost. If that meant doing something ourselves, we were willing to do it. Ben took several weekends last fall and cleared the lot himself. We had a couple of great trees that we wanted to be sure to keep, and he had the equipment at the farm, so that was 1 of the first ways that we saved.

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When the stakes went up, that was pretty exciting. A little stressful, but exciting. Also exciting to have a portable potty delivered around this same time. HA!  That meant work was about to get started! I had such a hard time imagining the house there, but I could do specific things like "right now I'm standing on the front porch."  That was about the only way I could judge the distance.

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I put this next pic in here, because I wanted to remind myself how kind most people were.  There were a few that I hope to never see again, but for the most part, people were so helpful, and so sweet with our kids.  One of the dirt workers played with the kids after school one day as they were swinging on a vine from the tree.

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After the lot was smooth, they started hauling in red dirt and packing it.  We had dirt brought in from a nearby town, and we were very pleased with it. I have no idea how many loads later, but it was A LOT, and I wish it had been more.  But we finally had a pad.

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Plumbing and electric were put down where needed.

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And we were ready for concrete!

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There wasn't much of a story with the concrete. I didn't get to see them pour it. I just showed up one day, and it was done. :)  All of the dirt work was done pretty quickly, but weather delayed the concrete.  It was finally done by the end of October.

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