Concrete Arrives

March 10, 2011. By lowdesign. 1 comment(s).

We finished pouring concrete today for all of the deep drilled piers and the back porch footings. tomorrow we'll finish the front porch footings (we had to wait on digging those so the truck wouldn't crush them).

The crew from Mario's Concrete continue to do a good job.

A crew also came in and set up our temporary electricity pole.

and of course every construction site needs a port-o-potty.


Setting the Tubes

March 9, 2011. By lowdesign. 0 comment(s).

concrete delivery was delayed until tomorrow, but that was probably a good thing because it gave us more time to ensure the pier formwork was set up properly. there was one little problem today:

be careful when you're looking into a 15 foot hole, you might drop something in... like a phone. one of our guys had his slip out of his jacket and it took a full team with mcgiver-like skills to recover it.

with some rebar, a plastic plate, and some wire, the phone was finally rescued.

we finished the day digging the footings at the back porch. digging a 2ft x 2ft square 4ft down is no joke.

Drill Baby Drill

March 8, 2011. By lowdesign. 0 comment(s).

The first big machinery arrived today, provided by MG Drilling. The foundation is pier and beam with steel beams; therefore, we have a number of deep 18" diameter piers which required mechanical drilling. Apparently, the lot in this neighborhood used to be part of a river basin so the soil (composed of sandy clay) was easy to cut through and the drilling went fast.

We brought in an arborist, Keith Babberney of Arborworks Tree Care to air spade (a hose hooked up to a compressor digs through the dirt by blowing pressurized air) the first 4 ft of depth for two piers located in the critical root zone of the pecan tree.

In the end we were left with 16 of these holes.

Later in the day a crew arrived to put together the rebar cages which will be inside each of the concrete piers. These guys were really fast getting everything in place.

Batter Boards

March 7, 2011. By lowdesign. 0 comment(s).

this morning a crew of three from Mario's Concrete laid out pier locations for the foundation - drilling starts tomorrow. it was interesting to finally see the ground floor plan laid out in space against the topography of the site.

tree care plan

March 4, 2011. By lowdesign. 0 comment(s).

we finished our preliminary site preparation today - protecting a historical pecan tree located at the edge of the neighboring lot. according to the city of austin arborist's requirements, we placed 1" of organic compost and 6" of mulch over the critical root zone of the tree.

now, on to the pier and beam foundation