First the crew braced the cabin inside and out – Chip from Mid Mountain Crane showed up with the monster crane. A crowd started to gather – representatives from the Town of Frisco came to see the cabin that they worked so hard to save get moved to its new home. After a false start and some more bracing, we held our breath and picked it in the air. A new foundation for a 1936 cabin. Joyce Algier from the Town of Frisco planning department looked in the kitchen drawer and pulled out some dry, clean newspaper from 1957!
The framer is saying the building is overengineered – by way of example he pointed to the triple laminated headers above doors and windows and the gussets reinforcing the already big beams. I am not second guessing the engineer on the steel beams. Triple headers insure that no settling occurs around the windows and doors – keeps them from sticking.
July 6th and the framers start “going vertical” . Really exciting – lots of preparation to get to this point. GC and lead framer spent a whole day laying it out. Hugo the framer explained the importance of getting the first walls perfect. I like working with pros.
Where were we? Foundation is backfilled and now it is time for the plumbing to go in before the slab is poured. Our plumber uses black ABS instead of the less expensive PVC. He says it costs more but is a better product – we hire the right guys to help make the right decisions. Next it is time to level the area and prepare for the insulation – but first we lay a super high quality Vapor Barrier under the insulation. Some builders skip it – it is not an inspection item just good practice and a little pricey. Even though nobody sees it again – we put it in and use the good stuff. Ok the barrier is down and tape sealed at the overlapped seams and all plumbing uprights. Time for the “BlueBoard” which is an inspection item. Ours is actually pink from Owens Corning. This insulates the floor to reduce heat loss and makes the radiant heat more efficient. Oh yeah, I forgot, plumber insulates the hot and cold water lines for inspection along with a pressure test to be sure the plumbing is sealed.
Next the reinforcement steel mesh is placed and plumber lays out the the heat tubes. Look closely and you see that we put the mesh and tubes on plastic risers – doesn’t cost much but takes a lot of time to set up.
So it starts -The excavator clears the topsoil and saves it for future use. The surveyor marks the property lines and corners and turns it over to the excavator. The excavator gets clearance to dig and gets all the utilities marked. Whoops – somebody didn’t mark the fiber optics and Main Street commerce via internet was briefly interrupted when the excavator hit the unmarked line. Not his fault.
The water lines are laid inspected and covered. The excavation of the foundation is completed. The foundation guy forms the footers on the surveyors marks. The GC double checks and checks again. The footer is inspected, poured and stripped the next day. The wall forms go up and get filled with reinforcement bar. The GC checks and corrects a wall location. The cool thing is the foundation guy discovered the issue and asked for guidance. That is why we use experienced pros. The foundation walls are inspected, poured and stripped a few days later. Foundation guys are gone for now. Foam guy insulates the walls AND the footers – most builders don’t do the footers – a little extra warmth that nobody sees.
Thirty days to get out of the ground – lots of steps! On schedule more or less! Did you notice all the inspections? The Town inspectors take their role seriously and we view them as important partners in the building process.