We just spent half of the past week over in Michigan camping with my parents. Boy, was that a nice break! I got two buckets of pretty rocks from Lake Superior to use as decoration next to the chicken coop. We went swimming in the lake (BRRRR!) and met some really nice bikers named Bear and Cheryl – they came over and sat around our campfire a couple times to share stories and s’mores. We cooked every meal over the camp fire, had no electricity or running water… and we just loved it! Although, I have to admit, I was pretty stinky after four days of being coated in sunscreen, dirt, and bug spray. Yeah, I showered once a day. And then proceeded to douse my entire body in deet and lotion again. Ah, the joys of camping.

I managed to get most of our stuff put away yesterday, thinking I’d get to the rest of it today. I didn’t consider how doggone tired we all were! My youngest slept in until after 10:00am! Highly unusual. Around 10:30, as we’re all lounging around in the darkened living room in our pajamas, trying to wake up, the phone rings. It’s the builder. He’s already been on site three hours and is waiting for the inspector to show up to approve his forms for the pour. Woohoo!

A bit of hastiness and some frantic running around ensued, then we made it up there just in time to take pictures of the whole process.

Our builder finishing up his forms.

Our builder finishing up his forms.

Laying out the drain tile.

Laying out the drain tile.

Starting to pour the gravel.

Starting to pour the gravel.

The big dozer moving the eastern dirt pile.

The big dozer moving the eastern dirt pile.

The dozer made a nice, stable road for me using the fill dirt. Now we can drive safely back to the pond. Yay!

The dozer made a nice, stable road for me using the fill dirt. Now we can drive safely back to the pond. Yay!

Took two loads of gravel to fill it up. You can tell which side got rain as it was being put in. :)

Took two loads of gravel to fill it up. You can tell which side got rain as it was being put in. 🙂

Pouring the concrete for the footer.

Pouring the concrete for the footer.

Five on each long wall and three on each short wall, these pieces of drain tile are pulling double duty.

Five on each long wall and three on each short wall, these pieces of drain tile are pulling double duty.

The big, eastern dirt pile is gone, and the footer is curing overnight in preparation for three of the basement walls to be formed and poured tomorrow. The fourth wall will be stick-built, opening out into a cutaway section of our hill. We’ll put two big windows down there for future bedrooms. The builder says that the three poured walls will need to cure for 10-14 days depending on the weather before he will pour the basement floor and start laying the trusses for the first floor. We’ll have a day or two to get big items down into the basement before the first story walls go up. Since our stairs will have a 90 degree curve in them, we won’t be able to fit our commercial freezer or gun safe down them easily. Cross your fingers for us that the weather cooperates on those days!

That’s it for today’s update. Tune in tomorrow to see our basement take shape!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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