It all sounds like so much work and waiting and let me tell you, it is and that is a fact.
I may have mentioned earlier that we had record setting rains in May which threw a kink in things,
and then combine that with an architect who pushed us to the back burner but kept telling us he
was working on the plans. (We did get another fantastic one)
Time has seemed to stand still.
But on this beautiful blue sky filled day we finally are seeing some changes and it is exciting.
I would like to introduce you to Henry, he and I have never met before and I am pretty sure he
thought I was a
waving anxiously and shouting "Good Afternoon!"
He truly does not look too thrilled, but he was congenial, humored me along and even
tolerated me taking his photo.
Sometimes I am a bit like a "bull in a China closet," especially when I get excited.
I truly think that this oak tree was wrapped in Poison Ivy or Poison Oak, because as I was
hanging this vintage basket, the words "Leaves of three let them be," rang in my ear...
Happy to report that my olive skin tone seems to repel chiggers, ticks and evidently poison
Henry, also went along with an impromptu sort of interview, me asking him what this tractor,
with this attachment actually does.
This attachment has pipes that sink down up to fifteen feet into the soil and water is injected through
these pipes into the ground where the house is going to sit.
They go over the site repeatably for 4 days with water, then 2 days with a chemical.
The water is pumped from a Fire Hydrant through this tubing into this tank and then from the
tank to the attachment.
You may be wondering why this process is even done, because it does seem rather peculiar,
It is done because soil materials play a important role in the success of construction and the
type of foundation that will be used for our home.
About one month ago, the builder ordered a soil test.
Another machine came out and bored two holes 25 feet in depth into the soil where the house is
going to set.
These soil samples were then sent off to Geo-technical engineers, these engineers interpret the
results and made recommendations based on their findings.
Our home site is made up of clay and shale, both of these elements have a tendency to shift and
heave, which can lead to foundation troubles.
By filling the clay and shale up with as much water as they can hold,
then immediately injecting Terra Chem Soil Stabilizer into the soil, the stabilizer changes the
soils shrink/swell characteristics.
Isn't that so nifty, hopefully no foundation troubles for us, and our French Country Home.
I think Henry will really do a wonderful job, I truly do.
This will be a first in a series of Building Our Home, I look forward to sharing this journey with
you. Please feel free to leave me any tips,thoughts, or inspiration, I will welcome your ideas!
For a link to the building process just click HERE!
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