I haven’t written much lately because I feel like there’s not much to update you on. We’ve been working a lot the last several weeks to get our forms ready for concrete, but you couldn’t really see the progress. Besides that, I’ve been exhausted working all day in the heat. On top of that, I’ve had to work my regular summer job here and there, and have had a couple of migraines. All that together, and nothing got written here on the blog (though I do a better job updating Instagram and Facebook). However, we did pass our first inspection no problem (yay!) And then had to wait a week for schedules to line up. But we finally got a permanent part of the house built today! We got our footers poured!
It was an exciting day, let me tell you! This is the first thing we’ve done so far that is actually a part of the house.
And I feel rather validated, because not only did the inspector not have a single issue with the work we had done building the forms, he said it looked good, and several of the concrete guys we’ve had out lately to give us bids have said that the forms looked amazing.
And they performed marvelously today as we pumped the concrete into them.
And it’s all due to this guys right here:
Gary is a family friend who is a retired contractor and has volunteered hours and hours to help us get this far on the house. He is generous, loving, knowledgeable, and helpful. We could not have done nearly as well or as quickly as we have without his expertise and willingness to help us out.
And he’s not just a supervisor type guy either. He is right there in the mix, getting his hands dirty with the rest of us.
Today we had a large crew here helping. Not only was it Gary and the Hubs and I, but we had Princess Girl, our highered hand (a young friend who’s working for us for the summer), a brother-in-law of sorts, and a couple the dads. In fact, the Dads put together the forms for the patio we poured out of the left over concrete.
Everyone had a job and did it well. There were times of rushed activity, and times of standing around not doing much.
All told, it took about 4 hours to do both the footers and the little patio.
Its been amazing hour much help our hired hand has been. And Princess Girl is learning fast and is able to help with more and more.
At the end of the day, it was amazing to just sit and take it all in. To reminisce about all the work that’s gone into the project thus far. To be proud of what our hard work has accomplished. And to realize that this is just the beginning.
Actually that last part scares me a bit.
Ok. A lot.
We’ve worked so hard already. And we are just getting started. We have so far to go.
But I know we’ll get there. In God’s timing, and in His will.
And when it’s all built, and we are sitting there of an evening, admiring the work of our hands, we’ll know it was all worth it.
And in the mean time, we just do the next step. Which tonight is wetting down the ground inside the footers so that it will settle and compact.
And now we’re off to bed. Its been a big day.