Friday, July 14, 2006
Digging the Basement
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Construction has finally begun!
This morning we were at the property at 9 am to find an excavator and its operator, Jamie, all ready to start the destruction. It was amazing how quickly the land was transformed. With a few deft swipes of the bucket, the property where we have been planning, picnicking, designing and dreaming was forever changed. Our sons were in awe, they had watched excavators before but they were probably shocked that one was tearing apart their little playground.
Our oldest boy's big thrill came when Jamie asked him if he wanted to go for a ride in the excavator and then for ten ecstatic minutes, he sat with Jamie and hung on to the controls as Jamie operated the machine. Jamie let him push a button or two and move the levers a bit as they dug, scraped and even picked up a big rock with the bucket and thumb. He was in kid heaven.
Luckily we did not hit bedrock, only a small seep of water. Once we hit the seep we decided to stop digging and leave the basement floor at its current elevation despite the fact that we were a couple of feet above our planned elevation.
When we wrapped up the day, the basement was pretty much finished with the stakes in marking where the insulated concrete forms would go for the foundation. But after Jamie had left, my husband Alan and I had some time to look at the elevations and we decided we wanted to go down a few more feet as originally planned since the main floor will be too high off grade if we don't.
Monday, the machine will finish the basement and then build the road.