For the last three weeks, Basement Contractors have been setting forms preparing to pour the walls for the main floor of the home. These walls consist of 4 inches of concrete, 2 inches of Styrofoam, and another 4 inches of concrete. Setting the forms is quite a process. First 2” X 6” planks were attached to the outside of the basement walls. The outside forms were then set on top of the 2” x 6” planks. Then wood frames are attached to the outside forms so that when the concrete is poured in the forms, openings will be left for the windows and doors. Steel webbing is then built followed by 2” thick Styrofoam, then more steel webbing and finally the inside form. In the basement, we used spray foam insulation to seal between the basement walls, the floor joists and the subfloor so the concrete would not flow through the cracks into the basement. On June 2, 2010 Dolese Concrete delivered 120 yards of concrete. Yesterday, the last of the forms was removed and we were able to see the final product. Now the home is looking like the architect’s drawing.
The plumber, Anthony Steyn of Exeter Enterprises, and his crew have been finishing up the plumbing rough in. They have also laid the majority of the lines for the 20,000 gallon rain harvest system. We’ve finished the engineering of the rain harvest system.
We’ve also found great deals on some appliances. We purchased a Whirlpool Duet washer and dryer from Valley Appliance in Alabama and a 6 burner Kitchen Aid Architect Series II cooktop with built in grill from Plass Appliance in Chicago. We paid about 55% of retail for the appliances.
Suzy spent an afternoon with Jeremiah of RiversEdge Countertops formulating the 10 countertops for the home. She had more than 40 colors of glass and an endless number of Portland Cement colors to mix and match. Jeremiah is now working to provide samples of the 10 counters.