WOW! It sure has been a busy couple of weeks, but I finally got a second to catch my breath and write a little about what has been going on.
Cabin Staked-out, Dug, and Concrete Footings Are Poured!
A little over a week ago I was able to get the foundation all staked out and dug on the very same day. Thank goodness for good neighbors, as we dug a couple of hours past dark to get the job done in a single day. Early the next morning Carrie, my friend Lester, and I poured the concrete footings. I needed to get the concrete trucks in and out of the job site before the morning sun had a chance to thaw the ground, so at 6:30 AM the first truck arrived. Since they are just footings and I am having the foundation blocked, no fancy flat work was needed and we could get away with just striking them off with a board. It is a good thing these will just be buried, because getting a beautiful concrete finish is an art, and best left to professionals!
Log Home Show in Nashville
Having three young children does prevent, or at least put a damper, on those quick trips out of town we use to do. So when Carrie’s mother offered to do a sleep over with the kids the night of the Nashville Log Home Show, we jumped on it. Being kid free for a night is somewhat bitter sweet. I really miss the kids, but it was nice to be able to take in a little of the Nashville night life with the wife the evening before the show.
The Log Home Show was good. There were many log home companies there, several that I have not even heard of, and of course many of the big names were there in force. I was impressed with all the non-log home vendors also. Since we had already decided on a log company to work with, we were focused on all the supporting stuff like interior and exterior log stains, SIPs panels (Structural Insulated Panels), etc. And as an amatuer woodworker, it was fun to look at all the log furniture and lodge-themed decor. I have to say, if I was a new buyer thinking of buying a log home, a show is no place to start your research. Way too many sales people there, and I think you would get overwhelmed very quickly.
Block Foundation Starting Monday (3/9/09)
Last Monday my block layer called and said that he could start laying block the following Monday (March 9, 2009), if I could get all the needed materials at the site before then. So, Carrie and I have spent most of the week running around picking up blocks and mortar. I still need to pick up sand tomorrow. That should be fun; I get to shovel over a ton of sand by hand! YIKES! I am a little worried, as we got some rain this past week that has caused the dirt surrounding the footings to cave-in and cover them up with mud. If I get time this weekend I want shovel them off a little before the block guys show up on Monday.