Building Our Home: Foundations

Sorry for the delay...

Have you ever tried to get a telemarketer off of the phone?  I used to think that "I just had a baby" was the ultimate "I don't have any time/money/brain availability" excuse.  News flash!  It isn't!  If you're ever in need of a brain fart pardon or for someone to leave you alone, just try "I'm building a house!"  It's the forgive-all excuse.  It simply states that I am out of money, charity, mental clarity, emotions, and time.  Building a house is a whirlwind of excitement, panic, euphoria, worry, creativity, frustration, and a bit more excitement.  And I'm living in the thick of it.  It's glorious and terrifying at the same time.  It's an emotional roller coaster like no other.  

To those of you who've asked, "When do *they* say it will be ready to move in?", we are *they* (the builders) and WE are hoping for August.  Although, tradition may dictate that we move on our anniversary weekend in September like we did our 2nd, and 4th anniversaries.  We really know how to party and I want to do it big for our 5th! 

So I'd like to update you on the process and progress of building our forever farmhouse, but I felt that some sort of sorryIhaven'tbloggedinoveramonth intro was necessary.  Done.

Week 3

Our third week of construction started with the removal of the concrete forms around our basement walls and preparing to pour the basement floor.  This took a bit longer than normal because we had an incredible amount of rain.  

Basement walls are poured and forms removed.

Basement walls are poured and forms removed.

 

It also happened to be our daughter's fourth birthday and playing in the mud is always at the top of her list, so she invited a friend over to do a little site work for her big day!

Happy Birthday Bug!

Happy Birthday Bug!

Rough basement plumbing going in.

Rough basement plumbing going in.

Week 4

Rough plumbing for the basement started mid-week four.  Hyde Plumbing installed a pump and roughed in a bathroom in our basement floor area.  The floor was prepped with gravel and rebar, then we called the county for the "Plumbing in Slab Inspection".   We held our breath, as this was our first inspection with the county, but passed effortlessly on the last day of week 4.  Praise the Lord!  Whew!  Weight lifted!

During this time, my husband and his uncle, our foundation expert, applied waterproofing material to the exterior of the basement walls.

Week 5

Week five felt like the true beginning of a structure.  We poured the basement floor on day 30.   On the last day of week five our AdvanTech silent floor system was delivered from Social Circle Ace Home Center.

Freshly poured basement floor and chimney footing.

Freshly poured basement floor and chimney footing.

Floor system delivery!

Floor system delivery!

Donna Peters

Front Porch Design Studio, Monroe, GA 30656, USA