Today we made some more progress, moving bundles of wood into position, and framing up more wall sections. We had help today from my mother, and my nephew first cousin Ashton – you can see him in a few of the pictures below helping my mother nail down more of our flooring.
Here’s a few pictures of where we are at with the walls – the last wall depicted required some modification from how it was sent due to the fact that I wanted to ensure the window opening for the main floor will line up directly with the window in the basement directly below. Thankfully the kit house folks were able to advise how to accomplish this, and I should get that wall completely done and up tomorrow!
Also, our triple glazed windows were delivered today by the owner of the kit house company, he drove them up personally from New Hampshire and helped us unload them, for which we are extremely thankful. We managed not to break any glass (even though the patio door got a lil beat up on the trip).
The other thing I wanted to mention is that we added a new member to our family by adopting a new bunny, we call her Miss Ivy:
This past week has been extremely productive and busy, and also full of bouts of rain. Since I have been so busy building the house I haven’t had time to write any posts, so I’ve decided the best way to handle this is to do one post a week with the progress we’ve made that week. There may be posts more often, but I don’t think I can commit to that 🙂
We started out by first removing the placeholder blocks in the basement floor slab, in preparation to drop the support columns into place. This actually took a bit of doing as the wood posts had swelled up from the rain / soaking up water, so we had to use a pair of jacks (one on each side of the post) to gently jack them out a bit at a time without splintering the wood.
We then put down the sill gasket, the sills, the rim joists, and then cut the lally columns to size and dropped them into the holes, and put the main floor support headers in place on top of those support columns. From there we were able to install all the floor joists, and then start laying down the subfloor. My mother has been over to assist me several times in the past week and it’s a huge help to have another pair of hands on the job. Sure makes things go a lot faster!
While all this was going on, our septic system was inspected and approved by the health unit and will get covered up as soon as the ground dries out a little bit – then we can connect it to our house at our leisure. We also relocated our cellular signal booster and can more reliably get a signal here in the RV so hopefully I will get to be online a bit more often. Lastly, all our Xantrex solar equipment showed up so we are getting ready to go on that front as soon as the batteries and solar panels get to the warehouse up in Kemptville.
Please enjoy the pictures, thanks for reading, and if anyone wants to help out we welcome any and all hands – you don’t need any experience just show up and there’ll be something to do!
Well, even though the house kit delivery was originally delayed by a week, it turned out the window supplier would still not even be able to meet that date, so we decided to revert to the original date and to ship the windows along later in a couple of weeks, in a second shipment.
That means the kit is getting here tomorrow (Aug 8th) here now!! (sorry I didn’t get to post this last night as I had intended!) We have a heavy duty, off-road forklift here with a lifting capacity of 8000lbs, that we rented from a local equipment rental company, and we were lucky enough to find a forklift operator that we were able to hire to do the job of unloading the kit from the truck. I’ll talk a little bit more about this in a later post I’m still working on about hiring contractors.
We expect the trucker to arrive around 7am and probably the entire unloading process won’t be much longer than a couple hours since we’ve got the forklift here to do the heavy lifting. I’ll be sure to get a bunch of pictures as usual and will try and get another post up later on after the unloading is complete.
Just to recap – the trucker did arrive at 7am and the forklift operator was not far behind him The whole unloading process only took about an hour, tops!
On Tuesday of this week, our septic contractor (Valley Sanitation) arrived to begin the installation of our septic system. Because our site is so shallow, with only 20″ or so down to bedrock in some places, we have to build up the site with “septic sand”, and then create the system on top of that, to ensure there is sufficient drainage and filtration going on.
This system consists of a 3600litre concrete septic tank that drains out to our septic bed – which is six runs of 11 metres of 3″ drainage pipe. Here’s the usual photos and a video (video coming soon!!) of them dropping the septic tank into position!
At this point the system is ready for inspection, which should happen early next week, then they can cover it over and put down some topsoil for final grading.
Our well installers came back to install our “soft-start” Grundfos well pump, it’s a 240VAC unit that draws a max of 7.9Amps but is specifically designed to not require a surge of power to get started like typical pumps would. This will help when drawing power from our solar system, as surges on motor startups can drain a battery bank at a pretty quick rate.
After they installed the main line to the house, they connect it to an expansion or pressure tank (30 gallon) which is essentially a buffer to ensure water pressure from the well is always constant – as we draw water and the pressure starts to fall in the tank, the pump activates to refill the tank.
We still have a tap we can open to get water from the well, which should get us through until we have our electrical wiring done with the pump wired up. Because the line from the well is so shallow, I put down 4″ of rigid xps foam down over it which we had leftover from the basement insulation. I hand-shoveled sand over that to ensure it was bedded in well, then had an excavator fill up the rest of the trench with sand to level it off.