Week 43 – Fireplace!

It’s been a few weeks since the last post since work slowed down for the holidays and freezing temperatures.

A visit to the house today showed work continuing with all the plumbing and electrical. We also weren’t expecting to have the gas fireplace roughed in.

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The waterproof membrane has been installed on the deck outside the upstairs master bedroom.

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Now that the holiday season is over, we expect work to pick up again. Next meeting is with the audio visual contractor to discuss speaker and data drops throughout the house.

Week 25 – Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey hit the Texas coast this weekend and while Austin is well out of the main path, we’ve received lots of rains with periods of high gusty winds. I drove to the lot to see if we had any downed trees and luckily everything looked good.

The dry creek bed was flowing with water but wasn’t as high and fast as I thought it might be.

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Some of our neighbors across the street were not so lucky.

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We are forecasted to have rain through Wednesday but the storm continues to weaken so hopefully the worst of the rain and wind is over.

Week 9 – Walls getting closer

It appears the rain last week prevented the walls from being poured. There is now a large trench from the back of the lot which I’m assuming is there to help the water drain. 

Here is the north wall with the water proofing and drainage system. 
Here is the west wall with the final form on meaning the steel was inspected. This will be the storage room foundation that ties into the retaining wall. The trench leads up to this area so I’m assuming this back area was too wet to get formed up for the pour. Another shot of the west wall. Shot of trench from storage area looking toward the front of the lot. 

Week 5 – So much mud…

We’ve had rain for the past two weekends, and the property¬†is a muddy mess. The site of the house is primarily clay which made walking up the hill to get some pictures a slippery adventure. We had so much mud on the bottom of our shoes that we had to take them off to drive home.

It looks like they finished excavating the dirt up to our property line along the north edge of the property and on the west edge where the garage with roof top deck will eventually go with access to the upper tier of the yard.

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Luckily, the ten day forecast shows no rain and temperatures in the 70’s so hopefully it will dry out the site and allow work to prepare for the foundation pour. Once the concrete is on the ground, rain won’t be as limiting a factor to make progress.

Week 3 – Steel Pile Work Complete

Today’s visit didn’t have a lot of excitement like last week, but it was nice to see all the piles in the ground and cut off at the proper height in preparation for the concrete foundation pour.

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We met our builder there and they stated that most of the piles went down 20 feet 6 inches before hitting limestone with a handful hitting rock at 9 to 12 feet. Next steps will be to move some of the dirt around and prep the site for the concrete foundation pour. Unless we get any major weather, this should hopefully be completed in the next four weeks.