It’s been 2 weeks since my last update. Progress moves a bit slow in the concrete phase, so I didn’t have much to update on week 2. But TONS has happen all of a sudden at the end of this week.
In my Week 1 update, we had gotten to the footings being poured. after 3 weeks, we’re almost ready to start framing. Here’s how the past 2 weeks have gone.
They came and put up wall forms over the back footings.
They decided to do the pour in two parts, so a pump came and filled up the first half of the forms.
They let it cure for 24+ hours and then removed the forms and set up the other half of the forms.
And then they came and poured the other half. This all seemed to take forever.
But the results were pretty amazing. We have foundation walls!
Next the rough plumbing and underground HVAC were installed.
This is the rear side of the house where Mr. Project’s Office will be. We like to refer to it as the fortress because it’s concrete on all sides (it’s under the rear porch). I just love those 3 windows – it’s going to be a really cool room.
Then a dumptruck came and they dumped 31 loads of dirt into the garage foundation to fill it up and prep it for the concrete floor. Thats a lot of dirt!!
I brought Ollie back that day (once the garage was all filled in) and let him play in the big piles of dirt while we watched the digger do some back-filling around the house. He had the time of his life.
The next morning we stopped by not really expecting anything to be happening, and we saw the track hoe grading out the backyard/sideyard! It was my favorite day at the site so far because I could really envision the outdoor spaces and it felt like a home was starting to come together.
Looking back towards the rear of the garage – not sure what we’re going to do with all that exposed cement!
They also started filling in the basement floor with a tiny gravel called Squeegee in preparation for the basement floor to be poured.
Here’s a view from the back of the house looking into the basement.
So that’s where we are at as of Friday the 13th. This coming week should be really exciting. They’ll get the sewer hooked up, and window wells installed and then be able to backfill and grade the front yard. Then the basement and garage floor will be poured and hopefully framing will begin.
I can’t believe it’s really going to start looking like a house!! After that last day of work on it, I’m starting to get excited and realize that this is *OUR* house they are building and not just someone else’s that we are watching the progress on. Of course that means the pressure is on to make sure that all the details are finalized and that the cabinets are being built (Mr. Project is building all the cabinets, built-ins and organizers in the house).
The hardest part of this process so far has been making split-second decisions. You can’t hold up the build, so you just have to decide and hope that you’re making the best decision. We’re also having some trouble with our trusses and getting our ceiling heights to work in the rear of the house even though we thought we hammered all that out a few weeks ago! Things like that can kind of throw you for a loop, but we’re just taking it one day at a time and doing the best we can. Our builder - Bangerter Homes has been amazing to work with both in the design phase and the build phase. I couldn’t recommend them enough. Our foreman is incredibly hard working, always on the site when he’s needed, and willing to make both big and small changes to make us happy.
I’ll be posting updates weekly unless there are slow weeks here and there – then I’ll combine weeks. I also need to finish up some design choices and get design boards posted. Here are the rooms I still need to design:
Mr. Project’s Office
I better get cracking! We’re about to be going top speed with this build!