Construction is finally starting to rev up. There’s nothing more satisfying than hearing the trucks pull up in the early morning hours and men drinking coffee while discussing the day’s work in my driveway.
It all starts with the excavator. This is part of the project that I am in charge of and luckily I found a great excavator. He does a lot of the prep work. He clears the footprint of the house and moves a lot of dirt around. Like a lot of dirt! (He’s also the trench digger so think septic, electricity, cable, telephone, water from well.)
Footprint cleared and ready for foundation.
Maybe it’s me, but there could be worse places to work while moving dirt around. Check out the scenery!
I find it funny that rain doesn’t stop the work up here. I have seen the rain halt all work in California on many occasions. These guys are like the postal service. Not rain, sleet, snow or frozen ground will keep these guys from working. Out there in freezing temperatures like it’s no big deal. You’ve got to admire that.
Rain + Sun = Lots of Rainbows!
Next, the septic tanks went in and the pipes were connected to the drain field. (I was lucky to find a property that already had a drain field that was put in by the previous owner.) In my rural area, there is no city/county sewer or water system which is why I have a water well and my own septic/drain field.
Concrete septic tanks perfectly placed.
A huge crane had to place these concrete septic tanks. If you don’t know how a septic system works, a pump will deliver waste from the house to the septic tanks. The solids settle in one tank and the liquids spill over into the second tank, which in turn is pumped with fresh water to the drain field. By the time the liquids get to the drain field through sand etc., it is absorbed and processed with microbes and Mother Nature.
On the other side of the house are these dry wells. All of the rain downspouts will deliver the rain to the dry wells which are giant holes filled with river rock. This prevents flooding.
Dry wells to prevent flooding. These are much larger than they appear in this photo.
Then the foundation guys arrive. These guys form up the foundation for the house and concrete is poured from a pumper.
After a couple of days, the concrete sets and it’s time for the “walls.” My house will be built on top of these walls with a subfloor.
When they kept telling me the walls are going up, I thought, you know, real walls. I finally figured out that these were not the walls I was thinking.
Yay! Lumber delivery day, part one.
Offloading lumber. You can see the concrete walls.
French drains going in around the house to deliver rainwater to the dry wells.
My construction zone.
Framing guys were here working on Saturday and they will return this week to begin putting up real walls. Next load of lumber for the second story will be delivered on Thursday so expect to see an update with something that looks like a real house.
After all the delays I’m finally going to see my farmhouse take shape! Stay tuned.