Did someone call? Is this delivery or take out?

Let’s see, we have built our foundation, attached sill plates, water-proofed the foundation, installed perimeter drains, and backfilled the ground against the foundation.  Then we checked in at the plant and saw that the house was underway and being built inside, away from the harsh elements of Mother Nature. 

Yup, it looks as though everything is good to go.  All we need now is for someone to bring us a home.  Oh look…………….., here it comes now.

Two things going on at the same time! Amazing.

For the past week or so we have been pouring footings, building foundation walls, installing pressure treated sill plates, and taking the necessary steps to guarantee a dry basement.

Did you think that was all that’s going on?  Everything is moving along at your property in preparation for the house.  While all this is going on the neighbors are watching and wondering what the new house will look like.  Various tradesmen are busily working. 

How about a full plate?

Over the past couple days we have dug the cellar hole, poured footings, and then built our basement wall using either a Poured Reinforced Concrete wall, ICF’s, or a Pre-Cast wall.  Then, the other day we installed perimeter drains to keep the basement dry.

In today’s photograph you can see a Poured Reinforced Concrete wall and up on top of the wall are pieces of lumber.  That lumber is called The Sill Plate.  It is the pressure treated lumber that the entire home will sit on top of.

Want to know a secret?

For a couple days we have been building foundations.  It all starts with Footers and then various types of walls are built so our home can sit on top of the wall.  We looked at Poured Reinforced Concrete, ICF walls, and then Pre Cast concrete.

What comes after we’ve dug in the dirt?

Yesterday we took a look at excavation work.  Typically excavating a cellar hole isn’t a huge challenge but yesterday’s job site was very unique; go back and take a look.

Once the basement cellar hole has been dug it is time to build the foundation.  Over the next couple days we will take a look at various types of foundations being widely used here in Northern New England. 

The very first step, let’s go dig in the dirt.

We have talked about building with Joists and center carrying beams and floor decks.  But, actually the very FIRST part of building a home comes with the excavation work.  This is where the excavator builds the driveway and prepares the building site to accommodate the new home.

Earlier today I went to visit a brand new job site for a Vermont Modular home that will be coming shortly.  Today’s photograph is of the building site here in Chittenden County of Northern Vermont. 

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