Step by Step: foundation and perimeter drains

This is the first post in a series I’m calling “step by step” where I will document the build process with photos.

Step 1: Dig down to hard soil.

Step 1: Dig down to hard soil. [looking northwest]

Step 2: Lay out the forms for the footings.

Step 2: Lay out the forms for the footings. [looking north]

Step 3: add reinforcing bars (rebar).

Reinforcing bars (rebar).

 

Step 4: pour the footings.

Step 3: pour the footings. The pumper truck was fun to watch. [looking east]

Another cement mixer pulls up to the pumper truck.

Another cement mixer pulls up to the pumper truck.

This will be my front door. With footings for two posts framing the porch entry.

This will be my front door. With footings for two posts framing the porch entry.

Step 5: putting up the forms for the foundation walls. This is the lower level walkout. [looking northwest]

Step 4: putting up forms for the foundation walls. This is the lower level walkout. [looking northwest]

Step 6: forms for the upper level foundation walls. [looking southeast]

These are the forms for the upper level foundation walls. [looking southeast]

We had to dig all the way down in places, and now this giant hole will need to be filled: $$$.

We had to dig all the way down in places, and now this giant hole will need to be filled: ka-ching!! $$$.

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Step 5: pour the concrete. It was raining like mad that day!

Troweling the tops of the walls...still pouring rain!

Troweling the tops of the walls…still pouring rain!

We have a foundation!

We have a foundation! [looking northwest]

The exterior foundation walls are sprayed with waterproofing only where a living space lies on the other side of the wall and where soil will come into contact with the wall.

Step 6: the exterior foundation walls are sprayed with waterproofing only where a living space lies on the other side of the wall and where soil will come into contact with the wall.

Step 8: lay drainage pipes. The lower lines are perimeter drains to take away groundwater. The top lines connect to the gutters and downspouts.

Step 7: Drainage pipes. The lower lines are perimeter drains to take away groundwater. The top lines connect to the gutters and downspouts.

Step 9: cover drains with drainage rock. This is our neighbour with his Bobcat helping to move the drainage rock to where it's needed. Building a house AND community!

The perimeter drains are covered with drainage rock. This is our neighbour with his Bobcat helping to move the drainage rock to where it’s needed. Building a house AND community!

Drainage cloth is laid on top of the drainage rock.

Drainage cloth is laid on top of the drainage rock.

 

At this point we passed our second of nine inspections. The next post in this series will document the framing of the lower level walls and the floor joists for the rooms above the lower level walkout, as well as the process of filling in the giant hole (see above) and backfilling against the exterior foundation walls. Stay tuned!

 

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2 thoughts on “Step by Step: foundation and perimeter drains

  1. i can see the southeast view being beautiful. it is wide and expansive in that direction if i’m “seeing” it right. lovely beginnings. and, wow, the rain. 🙂

  2. The process looks very interesting. I’m curious to understand the levels better. Are you building a basement?

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