Updated: Dec 5, 2020

10 / 19 / 2020

In a somewhat unexpected turn of events, the first containers arrive on site! We knew container delivery would be a feat in itself, and it lived up to the expectation.

Due to our steep and graveled approach, in combination with narrow and low-overhead clearance, we had assumed the larger semi-trucks would not attempt to deliver the containers to our property. In preparation, we set up a separate staging area offsite to allow a more compact delivery truck to transfer the containers to our site. After taking the first driver on a preview of the road in our personal vehicle, he was confident he could deliver the containers to our site on his semi-truck. As a backup, we had a huge front-end loader and chains, ready to tow the trucks up our hill if needed….thank god, because one of the three trucks needed a little assistance!

Ultimately, we now have our first three containers staged on our property, and now we need a crane! The remaining four containers are scheduled to arrive when the crane is on-site, as we don’t have enough cleared and level lay-down space for all seven containers.

Updated: Dec 14, 2021

10 / 08 / 2020

Pour concrete to fill the ICF stem walls. This marks our Final Countdown to containers! Queue some Europe music right about now...Oh yeah, we love our '80s music.

Once the stem wall concrete is poured, we have to wait a minimum of two weeks until the walls can support the containers' load. These two weeks allow us to get the waterproofing and footing drains installed and the majority of back-filling completed.

Waterproofing the walls used a self-adhesive membrane (sort of like a large sticky wallpaper) installed over the ICFs. To help adhere the membrane to the ICFs, we used a primer that made the ICFs sticky…once that membrane met the wall, they were mated for life! Plus, it was fun to stick random sh*t to the walls, like David's ruler and pencils. David enjoyed leaving graffiti on the walls while Jason and Gretchen worked.

The footing drains, and back-filling allows groundwater to be drained from around our stem walls rather than push its way into our crawl spaces. The membrane provides additional protection from water intrusion.

Updated: Dec 5, 2020

09 / 18 / 2020

Below our containers, we will have two sealed crawl spaces that require the walls to be insulated. Standard concrete wall construction requires wood form and rebar mats to be erected, concrete to be poured, forms to be stripped, and then insulation to be installed.

By using Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs), we are providing insulation and form-work in one step. Boom. ICFs are essentially construction-grade Legos that snap into each other and are erected in a matter of days versus weeks.


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