We are officially under construction! Pancake and I are standing in what will eventually be our yard - it will be 4 feet lower when we're done, but for now, it's a great perch to watch the progress from.
See what I mean?:
The wood on the ground in the pic above is the form for our footers, and the long arm of the concrete truck is getting ready to pour. For the uninitiated, a footer is the base of a structure - it's what the foundation sits on, meaning it's what the whole building sits on. If it sounds important, that's because it is; pour the footer wrong, and everything above it is wrong.
The footer is made of steel rebar floating in poured concrete. Once the wood forms are built, the rebar is set in place (look in the lower-left corner of the above pic), the concrete is poured to the top of the form and then smoothed out. After all of the footers are poured and smooth, vertical steel rebar is set into the footer - this vertical rebar will extend into the foundation wall to tie it into the footer:
Once the concrete dries, the wood forms are taken off, and forms for the foundation walls are installed.
We have the makings of a house...
Bye for now,
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