Phase 2 - The foundation



May 27th, 2004 - 12.50pm - The dig begins


June 3rd, 2004 - 3.54pm - Most of the foundation dug but the dirt pile remains.


June 4th, 2004 - 5.35pm - Septic problems from a  crushed distribution box


June 6th, 2004 - 6.42pm - Septic problems continue - Still no dirt pile removal - The contractor forgot he has a child custody case and had to be in court.


June 7th, 2004 - 12.16pm - Septic problems continue - Still no dirt pile removal - The contractor has stomach flu or food poisoning.


June 9th, 2004 - 3.15pm - Dirt piles on the move


June 23rd, 7.47am - Footings ready for concrete but waiting for the rain to stop.


June 24th - July 11th, 2004 -  All pictures lost thanks to a bad camera memory card and a 10 day trip to Germany makes taking pictures difficult.

During this period the footings followed by the walls were poured. The concrete trucks ran over the septic distribution box again but we are assured all is fine. We begged and pleaded not to allow the concrete trucks to drive over the septic fields to avoid crushing them but we were ignored and assured no damage would be done. Our back yard now has huge ruts from the truck tires. The door from the new basement into the existing utility in the original was cut through. The walls have been water proofed and insulation attached. Drain field tubing and gravel covering is in place



July 12th, 2004 - 7.36am - General views


July 12th, 2004 - 7.36am - Getting the basement floor ready for the concrete foundation.


July 12th, 2004 - 7.36am - Gravel covered drain tile, new basement opening to the original basement and a well used sump pump.

July 12th, 2004 - 8.08am - We gave extra cash work beyond the contract to keep our GC on the job during rainy days, etc., to install lighting throughout our basement. Unfortunately after 3 out of 30 lights work stopped.


July 12th, 2004 - 8.08am - First picture shows what my neighbor sees every day. The 2nd and 3rd picture is from our existing basement looking at the new cut through door. The 4th picture shows the blistering speed the basement is being put back together.


July 12th, 2004 - 11.20am - Foundation concrete being poured.


July 13th, 2004 - 11.39am - Steel "I"-Beam in place.


July 14th, 2004 - 5.40pm - Crawl space floorings being dug and prepared for concrete.


July 16th, 2004 - 5.17pm - Crawl space floorings now are made of concrete.



Phase 3 - Framing