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. [looking northwest]
Step 2: Lay out the forms for the footings. [looking north]
Reinforcing bars (rebar).
Step 3: pour the footings. The pumper truck was fun to watch. [looking east]
Another cement mixer pulls up to the pumper truck.
This will be my front door. With footings for two posts framing the porch entry.
Step 4: putting up forms for the foundation walls. This is the lower level walkout. [looking northwest]
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: ka-ching!! $$$.
Step 5: pour the concrete. It was raining like mad that day!
Troweling the tops of the walls…still pouring rain!
We have a foundation! [looking northwest]
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 7: Drainage pipes. The lower lines are perimeter drains to take away groundwater. The top lines connect to the gutters and downspouts.
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.
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!