Back again, multiple activities today

Because of getting involved with gardening, we were late for our 9pm flight….but because of weather in Chicago, the plane wasn’t there and they didn’t expect to go out until 1am. We rushed over to a 9:40 flight and got in it. We caught the last light rail at 12:10am and then the last ferry at 1:45am and I was in bed by 3:15 am. 

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The crew started arriving at 8:30. When I finally got up and went out, they were covering the slab to protect it from the gravel that they expected later this morning. IMG_6524It was also interesting looking into the cutout of where the center posts will go and realizing that I could see all the layers.IMG_6537
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IMG_6529They had begun shuttling loads of the house from the staging area near the road to near the house site, picking up with fork lift, placing it on a rented flat bed truck, driving it over, IMG_6533unloading it with the rented fork lift and trying to find places to put it that would not be in the way of the gravel coming in today and the excavator….who unfortunately can’t come until Thursday.IMG_6554
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IMG_6548Close to noon, the shooter truck arrived with gravel to cover drainage pipes in ditches around the house. The gravel truck was doing its thing with two of the Blue Heron crew, Dan and Gab.IMG_6551
house:greenhoujse.Meanwhile Randy was using the fork lift to bring the pieces along with Ryan Charrier. (Ryan is the son of a friend of ours Randy Charrier….and grew up doing all this construction stuff.) He finished about 3 and Ryan left and then they all were involved with placing the gravel and then cleaning up. IMG_6559
The planned next step was to get the excavator to push soil back in on top of the gravel filling the trench that is all around the house. They expected to do that before beginning the actual house construction, but since the excavator is delayed, tomorrow they will place the center posts and the two foot wall sections and posts.  They need to be able to brace them to the outside before they can do more.  They are hoping the excavator will come in early on Thursday so that they can proceed putting up the roof beams and perhaps some wall sections.  
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So the process began with the excavator on April 25 and here it is just short of two months later and the excavator returns for the final phase before the house construction actually happens.  When Topsider said that one of these homes could be built in two weeks, were they not counting all the prep work that goes into the foundation before you can even build. 

There is an animation from Topsider showing all the steps of construction for a single octagon on a slab
Friday they can continue, but I will be leaving by 3:30 to take a flight back to SFO.  Brian will stay here and I will come back in about 10 days.
Now all I have to do is add the photos…..
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