Well tomorrow is the last day of the second session and I can honestly say I’m amazed at what we have accomplished in 12 work days! We dug, placed rebar, and poured 12 footings/piers, a 48 foot long stepped foundation, and we will complete the CMU portion of the center wall tomorrow. The form work for the piers turned out awesome. The old barn wood is going to leave such a beautiful texture!
With the piers finished on Wednesday the last 3 days have been all about the block wall, which we have been laying all by ourselves. It has been an incredible learning experience. With half the team laying the block the rest of have been trying to resolve logistical and other issues. Today we had a crane company come out to give us a cost estimate to crane these modules into place, we also visited a local welder to get a quote for our custom connection pieces between the pier and the column. We have also been in lots of contact with our structural engineer to determine the sizing of our steel framework as well as our loading, I think this contact has taught many of us a thing or two about the realities of building.
We also have been trying to determine the temporary foundation strategy to build the modules on here at our property before being transported to their sites. Right now our team is contemplating two ideas: shipping pallets, or 4×4 columns with pier blocks. This will try to be finalized over the break. It also felt good to do a good site clean up today and yesterday. Today we collected a huge amount of green glass that is all over the site that we are hoping to crush and use in our counter-tops.
Bring on the framing!!!