• Phase 2: Demolition and Foundation

    Solid As a Rock

    When you build a house from scratch you have to start by clearing the land, grading the property, building a pad, then digging footings, and if that doesn’t sound foreign enough you have to actually know how to do them (not just what those crazy words mean). When you build an addition, preparing the site is not as big of a job as preparing for an entire house and anyone could probably do it (if you can dig a hole that is)…at least that is what Mike told me. I was a bit skeptical (only because I’ve never done it before). After all your house is only as strong and…

  • Phase 2: Demolition and Foundation

    Nuts and Bolts

    This part wasn’t very interesting (maybe because I only drilled a few holes myself), but Mike, who drilled over 60 holes into our slab thought I should write about it. I think he should write about it. Guess who’s writing about it… Yesterday was “special inspection day”. We had a deputy inspector come out and watch Mike clean, prep, and epoxy everysinglehole. One hole at a time. Does this sound expensive? It is. It’s expensive for a few reasons, one, we have to drill each hole with a hammer drill an average of 12″ into the existing footers and in some places up to 9″ on center – it is…