So much is happening! When we left off, we were headed to warmer houses for the weekend. It ended up not being *that* cold. Contrary to the belief of some of our family members who live in Arizona, there is a big difference between 18F and 3F. It only got down to 18F. The RV came through just fine (no frozen pipes, no running out of propane unexpectedly), and we all are just fine, too. It has now warmed up (today was almost 50F – practically toasty), and the forecast is looking decently mild for the the next week.
Now. Back to the excitement on the house! In my last post, I had a picture of concrete-filled forms. Here is a crazy wide-angle shot Lars took of the action from the pouring of the walls:
The concrete guys came back on Thursday and took all the forms off. And we have a basement!
I tried to walk in, but there’s a 4-foot deep hole in front of and inside of the eastern wall (where the door is), and the guys had put up a 2×6 gangplank, but my nervousness around heights got the better of me (in my defense, I had Nya on my back), so I didn’t go in. But here’s a shot from just outside the door:
At this point, there was still a moat around the basement. Lars and Craig both walked around the top of the walls some, but I didn’t watch.
Friday morning, a delivery of framing materials arrived on this cool truck with a built-in crane:
Tuesday (11/14), the concrete guys came back and knocked off all those little blips you see in the photos above. Then they waterproofed the basement walls:
And can you see them? Floor joists! A big beam running the whole length of the building! So exciting. (That’s Lars on the ladder and Craig sitting on the floor joists.)
I’m not quite caught up through today, but in the interest of getting enough sleep, I’m signing off. Next time: basement wall insulation, driving the skid steer inside the basement, and filling in that moat.