Here we are updating on a project that is backing on to the Donalda Club Golf Course. We worked with the clients to maintain the street scape as well as provide for more usable space for their growing family
The excavation is complete and you can now see the difference in size between the original building footprint and what will be the new house. The contractors have formed up all the footings and are ready for the rebar to be delivered and placed in the forms. This should take one day and then the concrete can be poured for all the footings. After that, the contractors can start to set up the forms for the foundation walls which will really start to show how the spaces will look!
The contractors have made a lot of progress in constructing the foundation forms for the concrete. In about 2 weeks they will be ready to pour the concrete and then they can move to other parts of the structure.
As site visits go, this one was interesting. A bit more on that later but as you can see in the video, the forms for the foundation are up and the rebar has been put in that will help give strength to the foundation once the concrete is poured. There are some details in the foundation that are necessary to support what goes on throughout the main floor. Things like a sill detail cast into the foundation that will become part of the windows for the bedrooms and master ensuite. These have to be carefully constructed so that everything lines up correctly as not only the windows must fit, but also the brick modules have to work to minimize the amount of brick cutting that has to take place.
With the brick, there is a detail on the rear of the house that makes a very elegant detail. The brick wraps around and forms a projection out to define the corner of the house. Because the brick comes around on 3 sides the foundation has to be wider in this location to support the brick. When we checked the foundation against our drawings, we realized that the contractor has made an error and kept the size of the foundation the same throughout. Good thing we spotted this as once the concrete is poured, this would cause a lot of headaches for not only the contractors but for the clients!
We were able to sketch out a detail on site which fixed the problem so that the concrete can be poured inthe next 2 days.
Really looking forward to that and then once the foundations cure, the steel beams and wood structure for the main floor can start to go in.
After a small hiccup last week, the contractors have poured the concrete for the foundations. They used a pumpcrete truck to get the concrete all the way back to the rear foundation wall.
The contractor said it took them 5 hours to do the pour - not too bad when you consider how much concrete they placed! We were lucky that the weather was above freezing which is better to pour than in below freezing conditions.
At this point, they are ready to strip the forms to expose the foundation. We will then be able to inspect the concrete to make sure there's no air pockets or other issues that could compromise the strength of the walls.
Concrete reaches its full strength after 28 days so its important to let it cure and treat it gently at least for the first few days. In our next visit, we will see how the foundation walls turned out and the contractor will have started doing some framing.