October 16, 2014, Alex and I bought our little piece of heaven in Baker, WV. On June 28th, 2015 we officially broke ground and hired a local contractor to clear and prep our land. This same contractor will manage the foundation, framing, roofing, well and septic. After he has completed his part of the build; Alex and I will take over and finish the rest. Apart from being picky and having extremely high standards about finishing details; finishing ourselves is obviously a smarter decision financially. We will also be greatly rewarded knowing that our four hands and Sawyer’s four paws created our dream home.
It took months of decision making and numerous sketches of home designs before we finally contacted a local architect to help make our visions come to life. After countless weekends of walking acres of land, we finally settled on a house location. We approved the final draft of the house design and the project officially began.
Prep and Excavation
Excavation is quite possibly the most important part of any construction project. Without proper ground preparation, your concrete foundation can not be done correctly. Taking the time to check references is crucial and being on the job site during the process is a must.
Once the site had been meticulously measured, the footers were framed and poured then allowed to cure for a week.
Steel-reinforced foundation walls made of poured concrete were moulded with a brick pattern. According to Tom Silva of This Old House, “a foundation is forever, so it makes sense to pay attention to the details that ensure it will remain dry and crack-free for as long as it has a house to hold up.”
Before the basement slab can be poured; sturdy footing, plumbing pipes, vapor barrier, compacted crushed stone, and rebar were all in place.
This is where the real adventure begins. I am eager to document every moment in Baker, WV; and looking forward to sharing it all with you. The ups; the downs; the mistakes, and head-scratchers. I promise, there will be many.