Author Archive | Anne de Gobeo

Prepping for back fill

The last week has been occupied with preparations to back fill the foundation. It’s been a long time since we first scraped back the earth to begin the excavation, but the length of time is not without good reason. The footings were complex, we installed a gravity drainage system to deal with the ground water […]

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Building an ICF Foundation

It’s been a while since the last posting, but there is finally enough ICF (Insulated Concrete Form), in place, to make it worthwhile showing. We’re off to a slow start, but we’re telling anyone who’ll believe us that it’s due to learning about the product, a small crew size and a very complex, multi-level structure. […]

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We are out of the muck!

On Thursday the second load of crushed stone was slung into the foundation. This gets us closer to being ready to start laying out the concrete forms, but from a morale point of view, it also keeps our feet dryer and lighter. Two important energy-saving features have now been built into the home: • Natural […]

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Getting Ready To Pour

On Saturday, we finished placing the forms. We still need to cut and place the rebar, install pipes and conduits where they pass through the footings and reinforce the footings in some of the places where it is more vulnerable to pressures that might rupture them. We expect to be ready to pour the concrete […]

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