Thursday, April 21, 2016

Concrete is Poured!

Things are slowly starting to move forward.  Late last week, the excavation began on our new home.  Wonderful Hubby spread several feet of gravel for the base to help with drainage.
Concrete forms were erected.  The footings were poured earlier this week and the basement walls were poured today!   
This side of the house will have the bedrooms.  Our master will be on the main level and the kids' rooms will be in the basement.  Each of them will have a window and there will be a walk-out in the middle of this wall.  I hope the guys have them figured in there somewhere!?!
The section with the grass will be our covered patio.  The angled framed area (lower left) will be the outdoor fireplace.  Our dining room/kitchen is to the right.
Here is the same area from another perspective.  This is looking though the patio area all the way through the main level.

I brought Dear Mother-in-law to watch the pouring process and we were amazed how cleverly it's done now.  The concrete trucks pour the concrete into a large pumping truck which then uses a long, jointed boom to deliver the concrete exactly where it's needed.  
What a contraption!  Dear MIL was quite impressed!  No more carting concrete in wheelbarrows!  The pumper truck operator uses a remote control to manipulate the boom.  He's the man on the right in the gray shirt below.
The guys then smooth out the wet concrete on top of the forms.  They had the forms filled in just about four hours.  The concrete will be left to cure for a day or two, then the forms will be removed.  

It's getting exciting now as we can actually see the footprint of the house!  

The weather forecast for next week sounds a bit wet and stormy but hopefully we'll 
be able to see some construction!   Thanks for stopping by!  

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Charla Jones said...

How exciting! I have never seen concrete poured like that. Enjoy and thanks for posting the pictures.

Sylvia said...

Wow look at that crane! Looks like you're going to have a nice new home,I know you will be happy when it's all finished.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

You must be so excited to see the footprint of your new home taking shape. Being able to look at it and know which room is where has to be such fun!

iris said...

Wow! That's a crazy amount of work! Looking good!

Creations By Cindy said...

Things are moving right along for you. YAY! Don't you just love seeing a little concrete poured...especially when that concrete is for you! LOL! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

carol@The Red Painted Cottage said...

How exciting to be building a new house! We had planned to a few years back, but it never worked out; and ended up downsizing and moving to this condo, which we do like. Keep taking photos so we can all see the progress.

Carol said...

How exciting to see it starting to really take shape!



I'm so glad for you that things are working and moving along on the way to a new house... What fun that is and so excited for you.
Thank you for your prayers and kindness.

Laura said...

How exciting! It is all starting to happen!
I don't live in an area where we have basements so this was so interesting.
Thank you for sharing this at TOHOT!

Stacey said...

Oh my, what a fun process and so exciting to be building a new house. We don't have basements here...I'm a little jealous. We do pour concrete that way here's pretty fascinating to watch it snaked up and over to the right spot.

Congratulations on your new home and thank you for joining Thoughts of Home on Thursday. :)

Jody and Stan said...

I'm so excited for you!! To see the start and finish of your new house will be amazing! Keep taking those photos and sharing. Can't wait to see more!!
Hugs, Jody

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

What an interesting process! I am a bit late to the TOHOT party due to my college semester finals but I'm so glad that I didn't miss this. Have a wonderful week.

Art and Sand said...

How exciting to be building your own home.

Thanks for sharing with SYC.

Jann Olson said...

How exciting! Your lot looks beautiful. A few years ago we had a pad poured for our pergola and they brought a big rig in like that. It went over the top of our home from the front yard and poured it out back. Really was something to see. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

The Charm of Home said...

This will be beautiful! Please share more! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

designchic said...

So exciting - can't wait to follow along!