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 8 – Even more retaining wall steel

Today I met our architect and the concrete contractor to discuss the retaining walls on the site. Our site presented some interesting challenges with the retaining walls so our architect wanted to meet with the contractor to understand how these challengers were met.

The steel work is mostly done on the west most wall and is waiting inspection before the wall is enclosed for the concrete pour.

Here is a shot of all the steel in the west wall.

The space behind the wall will be filled back in with dirt once the concrete is poured and cured. All the giant piles of giant on the site will be put back so we don’t have to bring in any special fill material.

Another angle showing the length of the wall.

This is a shot of the north retaining wall that shares a side with the neighboring lot. Since the owners of the lot next door was not willing to allow our equipment on the other side to essentially setup the same type of form as the west retaining wall, a different solution was needed to setup the form for this wall. A water proof material will also be applied to this wall to allow water from the other lot flow down the back of the wall and down the slope.

They also have a lot of the materials on site for the foundation pour. These are the void forms that will be used for the foundation itself.

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It was an excellent meeting, and I was very impressed at the level of detail our concrete contractor went into. While rain is in the forecast next Monday through Wednesday, if it is not a complete washout, they are planning on pouring the walls and the foundation for the storage unit next to the west retaining wall next Thursday April 13th. Once the walls are down, the foundation itself should proceed quickly as the walls and site access were the main challenges.

Week 8 – Retaining Wall Forms

Rain is in the forecast starting on Sunday so we went by the site today before it got all muddy.

There is a small excavator on site with a pile of some sort of fill material.

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Here is a shot of the the form for the retaining wall.

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Another angle of the wall.

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Akash was very excited to sit in the excavator.

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Here is a shot of behind the wall.

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Better shot of the excavator and fill material.

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Week 7 – House Renderings

I went by the site on Saturday and not a lot of additional work as been done since the footing were poured. Most likely, the concrete needed to cure before they could do additional work. Fun Fact: Concrete doesn’t “dry”; it’s actually an exothermic reaction between the water and cement that causes it to get hard. That architectural engineering degree from UT finally has paid off!

So while there will most likely be work done during the week, here are some additional photos of the house as seen from the street.

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Here is a photo of the original house.

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One of main design considerations for this project was to respect the original footprint and incorporate some of the design elements from the original house. MF Architecture has done a fantastic job taking our requirements for our new house while respecting the original house and site location.

Week 6 – Retaining Wall Steel

The rain has stopped and work is progressing again. When I arrived on Saturday, I was greeted by this sign.

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I also noticed we had a new water meter box since our original one was crushed by the rig used to drive in the piles.

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At the top of the site, all the structural steel for the retaining walls was almost complete.

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These will be some pretty beefy retaining walls since they are right up against our neighbors property line as well as along the back of the lot. There was a crew there finishing up all the steel, and they are on track to pour them on Monday. If I’m able, I may try and swing by and get some video of the pump truck pouring the footings.