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My guy has had this vision of the project since day one.  I have been very reluctant to go ahead with it as I really couldn't visualize it.  The garage fell and we said “Wow, that really opened up the lot, did it not?”   Then he started to dig and all we could think was A) swimming pool and B) where did the rest of our yard go?  It felt huge before but now there is nothing but two mountains of dirt. We have a skid of pavers on the front lawn and are going to have to figure out where to put the trusses when they arrive.  We just need to trust his leadership and keep looking at the drawings instead of the mess.


Waterproofing and backfill is about 80% complete.

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6 hours ago, Chasdev said:

Can I ask why you are going underground, is that space for a boat or car or is it just a basement for storage?


ahhh, Austin TX.  LOL.
 

Up here in Canada we have an issue called frost heave.  Building Code indicates that the foundation must go down 4 feet into the ground so that it sits below the frost line.  The number varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.  Because your footing ring is poured on a flat level surface and because we are on a fairly steep hill (almost 6 feet front to back), this means the rear wall foundation must go down almost 10 feet.  This then compounds to meaning greater wall thickness, more rebar for reinforcing, etc, etc, etc ( read more money, more money,  more money).  
 

The top of the brown waterproofing membrane is approx. 8 inches below the top of the concrete and will pretty much be where the topsoil will finish.  So the end result will only show about 8-12 inches of concrete.  Keep watching for more progress photos!

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April 1.  Todays progress photo.  About two truckloads of crushed, recycled stone around the foundation over top of the drainage skirt and tubing.  About 90 percent of the topsoil backfill is in place along the property line.  As you can see,  the front entrance lip is basically gone underground so the loader, tamper, etc can enter the foundation.  Eventually it will be exposed again. 
 

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We have heard that the roof trusses are going to come tomorrow, almost three weeks early.  They either go on the front lawn or onto the flower garden against the back fence.  Any guesses what my wife decides?

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1 hour ago, JeffieBoy said:


ahhh, Austin TX.  LOL.
 

Up here in Canada we have an issue called frost heave.  Building Code indicates that the foundation must go down 4 feet into the ground so that it sits below the frost line.  The number varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.  Because your footing ring is poured on a flat level surface and because we are on a fairly steep hill (almost 6 feet front to back), this means the rear wall foundation must go down almost 10 feet.  This then compounds to meaning greater wall thickness, more rebar for reinforcing, etc, etc, etc ( read more money, more money,  more money).  
 

The top of the brown waterproofing membrane is approx. 8 inches below the top of the concrete and will pretty much be where the topsoil will finish.  So the end result will only show about 8-12 inches of concrete.  Keep watching for more progress photos!

 

If that at all diminishes the grade of driving in and out in the winter, despite the extra cash, that would be a great bonus!

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No cars in this garage!  It's for my boat.  I am not totally crazy...  LOL

 

There will be an outlet just inside the door, so I can plug the car block heater in though!

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April 2.  Busy day today.  On Tuesday night was suddenly thinking that we have no real wifi signal in the yard.  Wonder if we can add it?  Found a 120’ Cat7 cable suitable for direct burial on Amazon yesterday and ordered it.  Package arrived this morning.  It's in the trough with the Teck Cable already!  Should leave me about 20’ in the garage and plenty in the house to get to my modem.  The trough should be inspected and back filled within an hour or so. 
 

A crew has now lifted and brushed off all the old pavers from the driveway.  Theynow fill my front lawn and will be recycled to create a nice patio area in the back later on.  So much for my front lawn for this year!

 

The same crew is now digging and installing 6x6 fence posts along the property line.  We will be meeting with our neighbours tomorrow night to come to an understanding about fence heights and patterns.  They have to live with this also.  Might as well try to keep them happy.  I figure if I also throw them a “Socially Distanced” beer it won’t hurt either.
 

The roof trusses mfr advised that the driver was underway and would be here by 2pm.  Sure enough, he arrived at 1:15 (2 mins later)and it was all hands on deck to help unload the flatbed whilst It blocked the street.  Those are now stacked up against the back wall of the new foundation.  The construction lumber should be arriving on Monday morning.

 

My wife is baking the young men some chocolate chip cookies (they must be famished!) while we try to figure out a final pattern for the fence. We are not fence lovers and have had a 3 foot high, rotten old two board fence for almost 40 years.  It was just enough to keep little kids and dogs in the yard. Now with the garage gone, we suddenly have to face our neighbours ratty tin shed, garbage cans and 20 foot travel trailer as we walk out the side door.  I think we will be going with something a bit higher at the front, then dropping down as we move up into the trees.

 

For those asking, my boat is an Alumacraft Competitor Series 165 Tiller.  Nothing too extravagant, strictly a fishing platform with an e-Tec 60 Tiller. I do love it but unfortunately was not able to properly store it during the first 5 years I owned it.  Making up for that big time. 
 

Setting posts

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Hmm, a thinner black wire entering the garage?

 

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Someone else mixing concrete for the posts

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View from the front window. Skids of old pavers.

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Protective tape in the wiring trench about a foot above the actual cable.
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The beneficiary of the new garage!

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Nice boat! I had a boat back when I met my wife. 20ft pontoon with a nice 70Hp Yamaha. Kept it in a wetslip for three years. Our favorite time was to head down to the dock on Sunday morning with a thermos of coffee, a bag of freshbaked blue berry muffins, and the Sunday paper. Go hang out in a quiet cove somewhere on the lake.
I went back to complete my undergrad 2 years after we married, sold the boat for a canoe. Still have the canoe and a few kayaks now :)
It must be nice to be seeing things finally come together. You have to break a few eggs to make an omelette.

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What an exciting project to watch unfold (and stressful).  Been there with major projects and I know it runs in slow motion until it's done and then it's over and was just a snap of a finger.  I hope you all enjoy this all the way!

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15 hours ago, O C said:

Nice boat! I had a boat back when I met my wife. 20ft pontoon with a nice 70Hp Yamaha. Kept it in a wetslip for three years. Our favorite time was to head down to the dock on Sunday morning with a thermos of coffee, a bag of freshbaked blue berry muffins, and the Sunday paper. Go hang out in a quiet cove somewhere on the lake.
I went back to complete my undergrad 2 years after we married, sold the boat for a canoe. Still have the canoe and a few kayaks now :)
It must be nice to be seeing things finally come together. You have to break a few eggs to make an omelette.


I so wish that I could simply get up in the morning, walk down to the dock, step on and motor away.  Alas, I am not blessed with a cottage and am lucky if I can rent a place for a week in the summer.  We have to trailer everywhere which always complicates matters.

 

I built a 17 foot canoe when I was in college, gulp, 40 years ago.  Loved using it and finally gave it to a friend when I realized that I hadn't been in it for almost two years (around the time of my daughter arriving).  I think it is still in use.

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This is one heck of a build, I look forward to seeing the end result! You're lucky you live in a community that allows such freedom. We have quite the HOA here, which has is negatives, but it also means I never have to live next to the Bumpuses

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5 hours ago, KJTerp said:

This is one heck of a build, I look forward to seeing the end result! You're lucky you live in a community that allows such freedom. We have quite the HOA here, which has is negatives, but it also means I never have to live next to the Bumpuses


I am interpreting that HOA means Home Owners Assocaition.  I don't believe that we have those here in Ontario.  In the case of condos, the condo boards can be just as bad though. I could never live in one of those.  I love my neighbours!

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