The Beast's house looks GINORMOUS now!
After the concrete was set and scored last week, the framers were anxious to get to work. And, boy, did they ever work! By Friday they had the steel strongwalls up. Most of the walls were constructed, but not up, by the end of the workday. We left Sunday to go pick up the “kids” (Brian and Jill) from the airport in Vegas. We stayed the night over there, and when we came back on Monday they had all the walls up!
This morning (Tuesday), the crane was here to put the trusses up at 6:30am, but…there were no trusses to be found. The job foreman went to see what was going on, and all he found at the truss builders place was our trusses, a radio playing, and no one around. Weirdness. They ended up being delivered when we were leaving, around 10:00. We drove by once on our way to show Brian and Jill our little town, and the crane was back and they were in the process of getting the trusses up.
They also started the sheathing, but will finish that tomorrow. Mister is SUPER excited, and now that I can really see what this is going to look like, I’m getting pretty excited too! They’re doing a great job. The job foreman told us that this will most likely be done by Christmastime. Yay!
I know Mister hates slide-shows, but there are quite a few pictures here and it’s best to put them in that format.
Today was the big day for getting the concrete slabs poured! Yesterday they finished the prep work, and we had concrete being poured by 9:30 this morning! At one point we even had two concrete trucks on both ends of the little garage. That was pretty cool. They’re still out there doing finishing work on it, but it looks great. They should start framing in a few days. We are happy campers!!
Beast's garage... ready for concrete!
Little garage... all ready too!
Pouring into the back of the Beast's garage from the side, because the gas line is in the way
Pouring from the front now, under Mister's watchful eye.
Working around the suspended gas line was a PITA, I'm sure. But they did a great job!
They ran concrete along the side of the walls, and then filled in the middle.
Working on the right side now...
It's coming along nicely!
Mister busy supervising...
A double pour!
Getting it done!
Doing finish work on the Beast's garage, while the others were still pouring the little garage's slab
A view from the other side...
Mister is getting excited. There is finally some progress being made! This week they removed the eave from the existing garage. They also dug the trench and placed the forms for the smaller garage’s footings, and set the forms for the stem-walls in the Beast’s garage. This morning we woke up to a concrete truck in our backyard. Awesome!!
Next week they will prep the ground in the small garage for the slab to be poured. The Beast’s garage is pretty much ready, as they have already leveled the ground, added dirt, and then tamped it down. When they end up pouring the slab for that garage, they will end up removing all the wood they’ve placed around the gas line to protect it. We were told they will end up placing a board above the line to suspend it while they do the pour. We can tell it has really been a real PITA having to work around it. The utility company *only* wanted $22.50/foot to temporarily move the line. Obviously we didn’t pay that outrageous amount, and so the workers have to tread carefully around it. They are enjoying that tremendously…
Next update should have slabs poured. Until then, here are some pictures…
No more eave...
Small Garage Footings
Protecting the Gas line.
Prepping the Beast's toilet for the concrete pour
Good Morning, Taz Concrete!!
All done. Time to cure...
They removed the inside forms during the afternoon to smooth out the footings. Purty.
The stem-walls in the Beast's garage
Top view of the stem-walls
I told oldest son Brian (aka “Big Bro” around here) that I would post a garage update yesterday, but I never got around to it. Sorry, Brian!!
I left off the updates with the Garage Bungle post. That actually did turn out to be a real bungle, but they did fix it. Sorta. As best they could after having laid cement blocks into cement and having let it cure overnight. We were told that when they were laying the first run of bricks, someone accidentally drug a water hose over their staked line, and moved it off by about an inch. When they checked the line the next day, they realized it was off and they corrected it with the second layer of bricks. Since Mister happened to be out there when the foreman was talking to the masonry workers, Mister asked about whether this would affect the cement floor. They told him they had planned on chipping the brick edge down to prevent any cracking in the future, as that would be a very weak point in the floor. Not too sure whether they were REALLY planning on doing that if Mister had not asked the question, but it doesn’t much matter now since they’ve corrected the issue.
All chipped off
Other than that, there really isn’t too much that’s new. They’ve completed laying the block foundation. They put some sort of sealant coating around the outside, and had to wait about 5 days before they could back-fill the dirt up around the outside of the walls. They finished the back-fill on Tuesday morning, and today they are getting rid of the extra dirt-mound outside.
They will be leveling out the ground within the walls so they can pour the cement pad in the next day or so. We’re not sure if they’ll be pouring the second pad for the other garage at the same time or not. They will also be removing the edge of the garage roof/eave before the pour, so that they won’t end up doing any damage to the cement. After that, they should be taking off stucco on the outside garage wall and then the wood framing will start going up!
So we should be seeing some more progress really soon!
Finished brick foundation wall on existing garage side of the house. They now have to remove the rest of the existing garage wall in order to frame up the new garage wall.
Back-fill is done, and now we're ready for cement floor prep!
Better view of all the back-fill work
No more dirt pile!!
The Project Begins!!
Anyone who lives in a desert area will tell you that the more garages you have… the better! You simply can not leave anything outside or the sun will badly damage it. The rabbits will also create some serious damage too… but that’s an entirely different blog post (stupid rabbits!!). Brad has had to keep his Beast (the Motor home) parked outside, and that’s no good. He has been wanting to build a garage for it for quite sometime. We decided to stop at the city planning office about a month or so ago and ask about our property lines and as well as some general questions about garages. We ended up running into a local contractor there, and the garage project began.
Brad has been so excited about this. He’s spent hours hunched over the plans making sure the vehicles will fit properly. Just imagine Josh getting a full size transformer for Christmas…that’s how excited Brad is about this. Well, maybe not quite THAT excited, but close enough. He even got out the graph paper and made to-scale cutouts of all the vehicles and his Beast to make sure they’ll fit right. He is a very linear, detail-oriented person, and I absolutely love that about him. Me, I’d just go out and get a measurement of how wide & long the Beast is and add in extra feet and use that as a measurement for the garage. That little detail stuff about him made him realize that some stairs in the garage were NOT going to work right with his RV hook-ups. If it were me, I’d have screwed that up in a serious way with my, “Eh, it’s good enough” attitude.
Playing with the Plans
We were expecting construction to start about a week and a half ago. As I mentioned in an earlier blog, the city decided to red-line the plans and it held everything up. We got a call yesterday that the City approved the updated plans. We had a green-light on the project and we should expect the guys to start digging on Friday or Monday. Imagine our surprise waking up at 6:45am to find them unloading their Bobcat to start work! They have to dig down about four feet for the Beast’s garage, and it’s 48 feet long. Gonna be a serious hole there later today.
Love his To-Scale vehicle cut-outs!!
I’ll be posting pictures as we go along. I started a page (see the top menu bar) just for pictures as we progress. We sure are excited! Ok, Brad is a lot more excited than I am. It’s not like they’re building an additional craft room…
Enjoying my dash!
The Big Picture