I don't mean to sound like I haven't enjoyed my time. I have, most certainly. Sure, it's been hard, and I knew it would be, but there's also something amazing about working with your hands and actually accomplishing something tangible. It's so satisfying to look around after you've hit a major milestone and realize that you did this. You. Well, a few other people, too. But mainly you.
So anyway, here's what happened after our footers were poured. The foundation contractor poured the walls after the footers had cured a bit. Then the forms came off the walls bright and early on the Fourth of July. It was pretty exciting, I must say, to come home and suddenly have walls in this big hole in the ground. They really did a great job despite the fact that the walls are 6 inches taller than they are supposed to be. But we can make the height thing work.
|Foundation poured, with the forms still in place|
|Admiring our freshly exposed foundation|
|The narrow "alley" with the forms still on|
|Waterproofed and ready for foam|
|Backfilling with stone. There's also a drainage pipe under all that stone|
so everything stays nice and dry (we hope).