Dirt

Dirt

Dirt

Russell (Rusty) Bailey and Mike are doing the dirt work for this job. And there’s a lot of it.

Building a “Slab on grade” house entails a lot more than just scraping the debris of the house site. It means creating a level spot. And I didn’t know the site was six feet lower on the back side of the house than the front side. We had no idea there was a six foot difference in elevation from one side of the site to the other.

That meant the dirt work needed to prep the site for a slab-on-grade foundation without requiring terracing behind the garage or in front of the house was a real masterpiece. Bless Rusty.

Concrete

The first of many
The first of many



Laying the foundation isn’t a matter of just bringing in a fleet of concrete trucks. There’s a multi-step, multi-layer process to set the footings, then pour the foundation walls on top of them, then fill in the base of the foundation with solid fill (at $300/truck and 30 trucks, who knew dirt was so precious?)

As of May 20, we’re at a spot where it’s starting to look like the footprint of a house!

Insulation and hydronic tubes

June 9, 2015 Slab Complete!

August 2015

The house is up and it’s time to hook up electrical, plumbing, and sewer. Rusty and Mike have done it in just a couple of days.

Connections to house