Week 22 – Foundation forms removed

All the wooden forms have been removed and it now looks like we have the start of a house. Here is the view as you come up the driveway.

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Akash was very excited to run around the slab.

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Here is a view from the top terrace looking down.

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Here is a shot to show the cantilevered slab at the front of the house.

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It’s now been seven days so the concrete should be sufficiently cured to start the steel and wooden framing.

Week 21 – Pouring Foundation!

After lots of delay due to weather, the foundation finally got poured today. Due to space constrictions on the top of the site, the concrete had to be pumped up in two stages. Here is a video that shows the top pump truck and the line pipe that goes down the drive to another pump truck where the concrete was initially loaded.

The whole process took about 160 cubic yards of concrete and started at 6:00am. When we went back after lunch, the crew was wrapping up the garage and car port area. Here are a few shots of the finished product.

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This was a major milestone and we are happy to have it finally done.

Week 20 – Final site prep

We are nearing the end of the site work before the foundation is poured early next week. The cardboard formwork is in and the steel is installed over it.

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There are still a few more sections to wrap up. This is the guest suite that needs to be completed, but the beam work steel is in place and that’s the most time consuming. The horizontal slab steel goes in quickly.

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By the end of next week, we should have the concrete poured and then the framing can start.

Week 18 – Plumbing complete

We are back from a week in Orlando over the 4th of July holiday, and we visited the site this morning with the builder.

The good news is the plumbing is complete and inspected. Now that inspection has passed they can start tying in the rebar. Here is a shot from the upper terrace.

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Some random shot of the plumbing work.

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All the cardboard void forms are also onsite in preparation for the foundation pour. There is a pile up in the storage area and another large one at the bottom of the property.

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They are working this weekend and hopefully will get to a point of pouring the foundation at the end of next week.