House Addition/Renovation #4: Footer and Foundation work

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Blog entry by Tooch posted 05-17-2018 02:24 PM 959 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Interior framing upstairs Part 4 of House Addition/Renovation series Part 5: Removing Bricks »

So the last post was regarding the 2nd floor, but this post will show how the footer and foundation was built. AFter the frame for the footer was built, I hung outside of my old back door to snap a few pictures:

I had loaded up the base with some modified limestone and compacted it down for the workers to pour the concrete footer. I figured that they would havea concrete truck come in and shoot the footer and floor all at once, but they actually mixed the concrete up themselves. Seems like I have some true craftsmen working here…

They laid roughly 3 courses of block per day, and each course was perfectly level… I checked.

The outside of the block was coated in weather sealer/water sealer, and a pipe was connected on both sides to the house drain, which was huge. The weather was really cold for these couple days, so the jet furnace was there to help keep the mortar thawed and the viscosity of the tar sealant thin.

Be sure to look out for that first step, it sure is a big one. We had to be extra careful to lock the door and make sure that neither of our little ones tried letting the dog out, as this had typically been his exit/entrance to go to the bathroom.

There will be one glass block window, which is where the opening is on the right side of the cinder block.

While the bricklayer was completing the block work, the carpenters were also setting up to build the new section of roof. It started with this temporary post and beam:

Since this was around Christmas time, here’s a little rhyme for you:

The joists were hung onto the beam with care, in hopes that the shingles would soon be there.

on the roof by the chimney I heard quite a jingle,
but alas it was an air compressor, not Kris Kringle

While Chaos reigned outside, we still tried to maintain sanity in our house by having some hot chocolate and getting muffins ready for the Elf on the Shelf:

Now that the foundation is done, we will be working on removing bricks from the outside of the house, removing the remaining portion of roof, and enclosing the 9×16 area where the new addition will be.

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#1 posted 05-17-2018 04:28 PM

Looks like you have some excellent helpers. The dog would definitely be in for a big surprise if running out the back door. Looking good buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#2 posted 05-18-2018 01:01 AM

Tooch, this is an ambitious project. The blocks and footer look neat and well done. Looking forward to the next phase.

-- Big Al in IN

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