Excavation

This past week was all about getting ready to pour the foundation footings. By last week Thursday the hole was dug. We hired Ted Moran and Sons to dig the hole and we will also get them do to the septic and civil work.

Excavating for a raised bungalow

We are building a raised bungalow and we plan on using the basement as living space. Tony and I wanted the basement to be high with big windows, so the hole only needed to be 4 feet deep.

Excavating for an owner builder raised bungalow

Building Footing Forms

Then all week this week Tony and our contractor, along with Tony’s father, worked on building the forms for the footings. We hired Dovetail Carpentry to do a lot of the work for us. He is a good friend of ours and he is very good at what he does. These are the finished forms.

Forming the foundation footings

Then we got some gravel around the edges of the forms so the concrete wouldn’t spill out.

Forming the foundation footings

Pouring the Footings

Today we poured the concrete. There were seven of us working there, and it still took most of the day. Tony and I are newbies when it comes to general contracting, so we’re still working on our estimating skills. At first we underestimated the amount of rebar we needed for in the concrete, then we overestimated the amount of concrete. Now we have some very expensive fill under our garage.

Pouring concrete for foundation footings

And this is how it looks at the end of this week. Next week we will start the foundation, as long as the weather cooperates!

Concrete foundation footings



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