O. M. G. There are actual walls and other bits of structure going up at the ADU!
The ADU now has a subfloor covering the foundation. This probably means that the plumbing and electrical conduit running via what is now the crawlspace is done. The above picture is from the front of the ADU, looking north. Those piers in the foreground are footings for the deck that will eventually be here. Below… Continue reading In on the Ground Floor
One of the things that really irks me when people ask about the rebuild progress is the topic of fire inspections. In our old house, we had sprinklers. We had a fire hydrant right next to the driveway. We had 10k gallons of water in a tank on a hill above the house, so it… Continue reading Water works
The second, lower, retaining wall is in place, and the backfill has been compacted. Now there’s a nice level path between the walls — it should look quite nice with some potted plants, don’t you think? As well as the retaining wall, the guys have laid down the first layer of wood on the ADU… Continue reading Start Building
How’s the house? Here’s a picture of the main house location, taken a couple days ago: As you can plainly see, the foundation is nonexistent, and the garage has yet to materialize. The ground floor is failing to come along nicely, and the supports for the upper floor have not appeared. The elevator, stairs,… Continue reading How’s the House?
Today, I went up to the property to accept delivery of a new electric golf cart. We had one at the old house, and we used it to transport the bins up the hill to the street every week, as well as for carting stuff around between the outbuildings. It had a towing attachment, which… Continue reading Concrete Progress
We visited our construction site today. Remember a few months ago when our original geologist resigned because he didn’t think we were taking him seriously about the ground being unstable, and how a pier depth of 20 feet wasn’t going to be good enough? Well, earlier this week we finally got sign-off from our new… Continue reading You Want Progress?
Our builder has started drilling holes for all the foundation piers for the ADU. These piers will be different from the retaining wall piers, in that they won’t have half ton steel girders at their cores — just rebar and concrete. The rebar is supposed to show up this week, so right now the area… Continue reading Boring (not boring)
With all the steel on site, we can start putting the piers in place for the retaining walls. Note, these retaining walls are not even for the ADU, they're to stabilize the site of the main house. Also, they're much more extensive than the "retaining walls" that were in place before the fire. So, our… Continue reading Let It Pour