Been busy around here the last week and a half.
Over last weekend I used a pressure washer to blast the parging off of the chimney. It was wet, gritty, chilly work. The contractors came back yesterday and finished up the sides and cleaned up the debris.
The main floor of our new addition is a suspended concrete slab (i.e., a slab that is not in direct contact with the ground.) We are using the LiteDeck ICF system for this slab.
As I type this the plumbers are here to run a new well pipe through the previously-installed conduit that runs through the foundation. Once inside, it is going to temporarily run through the dumbwaiter window and reattach to the existing house plumbing. Later, we are going to relocate all the plumbing mechanical (pressure tank, de-acidifier, water heater) into the addition’s basement mechanical room. But for now, this will keep the pipe from freezing this winter and allow us to finish back-filling around the north end of the new foundation where the well is.
Next week, the exterior wall framing should begin. The bottom of the wall will be triple-plated so that when the exterior shell, including roof, is in place we can pour the final 4″ of concrete for the final floor. Before that happens, though, I will be running the heat tubing that will end up embedded just above the middle of the 9½” thick floor slab.
It has been almost a month since my last post about our new addition. Work has been proceeding, albeit slowly at times. It was always a long-shot that we would be (mostly) done by winter, and that long shot is missing widely. Now our sights are set on getting it under roof and closed in (windows/doors would be great but sheathing/house-wrap would be OK) this fall.
Last week and this week things have been moving along at a good clip. As I type, they are finishing installing the LiteDeck IFC for the main floor concrete slab. I will put up another post detailing that process in a couple of days.
Here is chronology of the past month or so of work, as of the end of last week:
Next up: Completing the LiteDeck by shaping the bow window, adding the top hats, adding the perimeter foam and first-course footer board, and adding plumbing/wiring chase-ways. Then, the main floor pour.
I had another session with my flying camera yesterday afternoon. I am still working on getting comfortable with the controls, so the video composition is not great, but below is an 11-minute aerial view of our farm. By the way, the return and landing was handled by the drone’s “failsafe” auto-pilot.
Well, after a series of frustrating delays, the foundation (basement wall) forms are ready for concrete. I also treated myself to a fancy new toy: A DJI Phantom Vision 2 Plus quadcoptor drone – a flying camera!
I just started flying it yesterday, here is a new perspective on our construction — bonus points if you can spot the millstone (transported, we believe, 1/4 mile from Hooks Mill to our property by the 1936 flood), and our herd of goats. (If you have the bandwidth, it looks best fullscreen in HD.)
Well, shortly after my post on Monday, trucks began arriving, delivering the ICF units that will be used for our foundation/basement walls. There are a lot of them piled up all over.
Monday they also put in the front foundation drain and tidied up the grade inside the foundation. Yesterday was rainy and therefore contractor-free. Today more gravel is being delivered for use as backfill and under the basement floor.
Plus, the windows we had ordered from Lowe’s arrived on Saturday, they have been stored in the cellar (with the large patio door under the veranda.)
Oh, and I ordered the two garage doors (one 8′ wide and one 6′ wide) today from Home Depot, they were 15% off, and the Lowe’s doors did not allow windows in the narrower 6′ door, among other things.
Meanwhile, our dog Bersheba is a sweet dog, always eager to help us around the farm. Her very favorite way to help keep us busy is to show us weaknesses in our fencing. Every. Single. Weakness.
She loves to dig under the fence. Anywhere the ground is a little soft or a little low, and she is off to the races. The tractor comes in handy — I keep blocking her escape routes with rocks and shale.
Check out the “best of” video highlights below.
On Wednesday the contractor brought in a small tractor-backhoe and dug a temporary drainage ditch to dry up the pond. All has been quiet since then as we wait for things to dry up. Work is expected to resume tomorrow or Wednesday, depending on the weather (storms are expected both days.) The next step is digging the footers.