The forms for the second pour on the foundation walls went up, and that concrete went in. Then the basement slab got poured, so we can officially walk on something other than dirt!!! Huge milestone.
Now that the basement slab is in, you can actually start to get an idea about how the space will feel. here's the same view we looked at in our first house tour:
And here's what it looks like standing in the mechanical room and looking toward the open play space:
We're really excited about the basement. Since the grade slopes so much, we were able to fit french doors for a walk out, 2 large windows, and one smaller window (which is still bigger than a typical basement window). We're hoping that all of the light and openness will help make the space feel more like an above-grade floor than a basement.
Up on what is actually above-grade, quite a bit has happened:
We're ready for a garage slab!!!! The two trenches will get filled with concrete and act as beams to help support the garage slab; the plastic is a vapor barrier to keep the underside of the slab dry; and the rebar creates a mesh to help stabilize the slab itself. Pretty soon, we'll be able to park there.
For whatever reason, there aren't many garages in Kensington. We (especially me) are so, so excited to have one. I've never had a garage before. I've been scraping snow and ice off cars my entire life. I have no idea what it's like to not have to worry about that. I can't wait to find out.
(OK, I'm being dramatic - not literally my entire life. If I'm being honest, I don't really remember scraping the cars all that much growing up - I did make a killer igloo one year though.) Let's go with this: I've been the person responsible for scraping snow and ice off car(s) for no less than 12 years. Doesn't make me any less excited for the garage.
The garage slab will be poured soon, and once it is, we'll officially be done with the concrete portion of the house (not of the site though - we still need to pour the patio, retaining walls, and driveway, but that will be later).
Bye for now,
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