Friday, December 7, 2007

More concrete...

Today at 11 a.m. Matt (ICF contractor) starting pouring the ICF walls full of concrete. The local representative for the company who made our ICF Blocks (Reward Wall Systems) was onsite to watch the pour. The next step will be to have the framers come in and put up the engineered trusses.

Just so we can throw around some numbers. Our slab took about 5.5 truck loads of concrete...10 yds of concrete per truck...4050 lbs of concrete per yard = ~223,000 lbs of concrete in the slab. Add to that the walls that were poured today which used approximately 24 yards of concrete which equals ~97,000 lbs of concrete.

That gives us a current house weight (concrete alone) of ~320,000 lbs. Keep in mind there are two more floors of concrete to pour and all the interior work to do. Do you think we'll have any problems the next time a hurricane comes through town? :)

The pics today show the walls being filled. Enjoy!

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Just some pics for today..

Baby A is starting to get up off the ground. Top row 1st pic: Matt (ICF contractor) and Gail (the project manager). Top row 2nd pic: The whole house as it currently stands. Top row 3rd pic: This pic is taken from what will one day be the entry walkway. Bottom row 1st pic: Shows the bases for the front fence...keep in mind that each of those bases is solid concrete..and sitting on top of a 18" concrete footing...which is sitting on top of two bell piers drilled over 12 feet into the soil. Are we building a house or some weird religious compound? :) Bottome row 2nd pic: A shot inside the ICF walls so you can get an idea of where the concrete will be. That space is about 6" wide, so there is going to be a lot of concrete between us and the elements. Bottom row 3rd pic: Simply a shot from the street. More pics later this week as we are scheduled to pour the ICF walls full of concrete..and the driveway by the end of the week...barring any unforeseen surprises from the city.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Baby is starting to stand...

Looks like our party on the slab will be more like a party on a slab with most of the 1st floor formed up. The day after Gail gave the approval for the Matt (ICF contractor) to begin, he has almost completed most of the ICF form work for the 1st floor. Since I'm not an ICF contractor by any stretch, I have no idea when the concrete will get poured, but I'm going to guess the forms will be full of concrete in the next 7 days. So, check back for a post on 12/11 and see if I'm right or wrong...anyone care to take a wager? I'll upload the pics was dark when we went by tonight.