Monday, July 20, 2009

toto toilets

i have never thought that i would say this about toilet, but this one IS beautifull. in addition it has dual max flushing, which is supposed to lower your water bills.

underslab plumbing

Thursday, July 16, 2009

excavation, continued

main building excavation and compaction is complete. garrage excavation will begin after all underslab plumbing is done.
shallow trenches running across are for two grade beams , which will support load bearing walls.

also this week we put gravel at site entry and we now have portable restroom.

Saturday, July 11, 2009


excavation started this week. top layer of soil was scraped and infill dirt was used instead.

at the back side of property, sandy soils were encountered, making it hard for trenches to stay stable and not to cave in. everywhere this situation was encountered, we had to overexcavate and infill with infill dirt.

door hardware

Saturday, July 4, 2009

setting the t.o.c.

today we were setting the top of concrete elevations. since we dont own transit, we used bucket and hose method. first we set horizontal plane by defining same elavation at each corner. than theese reference points were used to rise or lower the floor plane as we needed it. once we got hold of this methot, it was easy and quick process. even more precise than transit.

the whole miracle is hose, on one end attached to the bucket, on the other end to a clear plastic tube. add water and it will seek its level.

Friday, July 3, 2009

so it begins

we finally closed on our construction loan last thursday. there are finally some signs of progress on site. excavation started, stomps were pulled out, and we have temporary electric pole. meanwhile, house next door sold, and today, we met our new neighbour.