Our next build days are Friday the 27th (12:30) and Saturday the 28th (8:30.)
In the beginning………
If you have been following this journey you know that in the beginning we had a swimming pool .
After several attempts at pumping it out we brought in a soils engineer who suggested we scrape out the muck and bring in some rock.
Having accomplished that we are able to work with dry feet.
July 7 and 8, 2017
It was a little struggle to get the forms in for the footings this weekend…..rock is a lot harder to move than dirt……but our intrepid volunteers (and Kurt’s tractor’s hydraulics) were up to the task. We will get the footings poured this week and will start assembling the insulated concrete forms after that.
July 14 and 15, 2017
The weather cooperated and we got the footings poured on Friday.
Saturday we stripped the forms and cut (count them) 465 pieces of 2″ foam in various sizes. Next week we will begin assembling the insulated concrete forms( ICFs).
July 21, 22 2017
The ICF’s are in place and ready and waiting for the cement truck. Then it is on to framing.
July 28, 29 2017.
July 28, 29 2017
Friday we braced the ICF’s a little more and got the concrete poured…went without a hitch.
Saturday we continued with a great group of volunteers and began framing.
By the end of the day we had the south wall of the lower level up.
We will continue framing next week.
August 4, 5 2017.
August 4, 5, 2017
We had a fab turnout of volunteers and were able to construct two more walls and form-up and pour the garage foundation.
The forms were stripped on Sunday. We hope to get the foundation back-filled later this week and continue framing this weekend.
August 11, 12, 2017
The foundation has been back-filled, two of the garage walls are framed, and two more main lower level walls are up and sheathed. Good progress! We will continue with framing this coming weekend.
August 18, 19, 2017
Friday we were a little light on volunteers, but between Friday and Saturday we kept moving forward. The garage floor has been poured.
And the engineered floor joists were placed. Looks like it is about time to put a floor on!
August 25, 26, 2017
We worked around and through the rain this weekend and finished all the framing for the garage and entryway, got the rest of the rim joist on, and began sheathing the garage. The flooring has been ordered but has not arrived yet. We are off until September 8th and 9th by which time we assume the flooring will be delivered and the basement floor will be poured.
September 8, 9, 2017
As has been the case for many years the UWSP Womens Basket Ball team volunteered this weekend. Friday they shoveled a ton or four of stone in the basement in preparation for its pour Monday, and worked on sheathing the garage.
Saturday saw two new volunteers and a couple hard core people. We finished up the garage and placed the last of the floor trusses.
September 15, 16, 2017
We had the basement poured on Tuesday. This weekend we built the load bearing wall in the basement and started placing the sub floor for the main level. By the end of Saturday about 1/4 of the flooring was on. Next week we will continue with the sub floor and build more walls in the lower level.
September 22, 23 2017
Friday was the hottest September 22nd on record but that didn’t stop a great group of volunteers from Associated Bank.
(This is just a few of the group)
Associated was able to get all the sub-floor down on the main level and a few walls up in the lower level.
Thank you Associated Bank!
Saturday we had a few of the hard-cores and some new volunteers and we were able to build a few more walls in the basement and get the two biggest walls up on the main level.
Next week we will continue with walls both upstairs and downstairs.
September 29, 30 2017
Associated Bank was in again on Friday and built and erected the two remaining outside walls. Thank you Associated!
Saturday we built most of the remaining interior walls on the main floor, finished the basement framing, and got part of the staircase built. It has been a great couple of weeks.
Next weekend we will work on placing OSB sheathing on the exterior walls, and soon after that we will place the roof trusses.
October 6, 2017
It was a bit of a wash out this weekend with our volunteers only getting a couple hours in on Friday. During that time they did manage to erect a couple more interior walls, and start placing the OSB sheathing and foam insulation. We will continue with the sheathing and make final preparations for the trusses next.
October 13, 14 2017
Another productive weekend in! Friday we finished sheathing the house with OSB and worked on preparing the garage trusses. Saturday we had our usual hard core group, the Key Club from SPASH (who put a lot of exterior foam insulation up) and a few new volunteers. We managed to place the garage trusses, sheet half the garage and get felt down just as the rain started.
This coming week we will get the main trusses ready on Friday and there is a slight chance we will have a crane Saturday. Otherwise we may start shingling the garage.
October 20, 21 2017
It was an action packed weekend. Friday we sheeted and papered the back half of the garage and finished preparing the main gable trusses. Saturday we had a great turn out and shingled half of the garage, placed the ground break, placed the rear main gable truss, and got the remaining trusses up on the walls.
Next weekend it we will continue with the trusses and roofing.