Monday, May 3, 2010

Holey Moley

We have a hole in the ground. This is how it went. We staked out the area.

The topsoil was taken off.

Eight hours later we have a hole in the ground.

The man in the Bobcat is my wife's uncle Tom. He handled the Bobcat with precision and expertise. Perhaps that's because he has owned said skid steer since 1978. Jenn's Aunt Anita also showed up in the afternoon to help us check for level. By the by, I now know how to use a transit (another skill Tom brought to the table). We owe them both big time.

Our hole in the ground is 2 feet deep, 39 feet long and 32 feet wide. We are utilizing what I believe to be a very under used footing/foundation method. We are going to be pouring a slab on grade with frost protected shallow foundations (fpsf). Basically you use vertical and horizontal insulation around your footings in order to protect the footings from frost heaving. Here is a more in depth explanation.

The method is more widely used in Scandinavian countries but has been in the International Building Code since 2002 (if I remember correctly). It falls under section R403.3. The next step is to get ready for a concrete pour.


  1. It is so real now!

  2. I feel your excitement! We too traded city life for a cabin in the woods a few years back. Didn't like it. And we're now back in town. But I can't wait to read your adventures so I signed up to follow you. Stop by my place for some fun and woodsy stuff and return the favor if you like what you see. I'll be back again.

  3. Thanks Boomer,I'll have to check out your website tonight.