Excavation is quite a process

PickinguprockThis process took place over three days. The excavation begins by moving some of the larger rocks.  We were trying to save a rock garden which was behind the original house.  Some were saved and some will need to be rearranged.

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The trench needs to be dug which outlines the shapes getting reading to do the footing.

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The contractor and crew discusses with the excavator and his assistant.

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afterdiscoveringmassiverockWhile trenching we discover a massive rock and it was discussed whether it can stay in the ground under the footing or if it needs to be dug out.  Though it would be magnificent to see it, it sure would be easier to leave it in the ground.

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shapingup

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The shape of the house begins to appear.

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medrock.There certainly are a lot of amazing rocks.  The whole Puget Sound area was formed by retreating glaciers. and our land is what is known as glacial moraine, scoured by glaciers receding from this valley.  This one, though quite large, is not as big as many of them.

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startingforms

The next day the concrete man came to lay out the forms.  I went to Port Townsend and missed most of his process.  (I went to town primarily to talk to folks about installing solar PV on our property. A local company is Power Trip Energy…isn’t that a cool name. I also met with my friend, Ann Raab, the designer from Greenpod Development.  I heard about some of her current work with tiny homes.)

When I got back, I heard he got frustrated and gave up.  There are just so many points/angles on the house.  He called in a surveyor to get it done accurately,

surveyorsetsupWe were told we would have to wait two days for the surveyor, but we were surprised when we got back mid-morning to find that he was there and getting ready to setup.  He shared how he was called in by the concrete man the afternoon before and when he sent him the plans, he understood why he was needed.  shootinglinesHe said that this was a new trend and that by having a surveyor do the work, it saves over a days work when setting up the forms for the concrete footings.  checkingworkThe surveyor and his assistant were busy “shooting” the points while we were off eating brunch. (We had left about 9 for a Zumba class without eating.)  They pretty much had it done when we came out of our trailer.
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He pointed out to me all the little orange flags imbedded in the floor of the trench at every angle of the octagons.  He said that they would come back after the pour, hopefully while the concrete is still wet and set all the points again.
lastwalkthru.The surveyor did one more walk around and then he left.

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The solar folks yesterday told me that now there are good reliable electric boilers to use with hydronic radiant heated floors so I also spent some time talking to that heating contractor and expect an estimate by Wednesday.

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BrianlooksitoverAfter they left, Brian took one last look at the foundation plan and the trenches.  We had grown quite fond of that massive rock uncovered in the trench and knew that when the forms were set, it would be no more.

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