All I Want(ed) for Christmas was a Foun-da-tion

Well, we were delayed by the town again and Christmas has come and gone!  Sigh.  The town has required that we get 3 additional surveys done which set us back on our foundation and pushed out our trades.  We got the news when they came out to do the footings as seen by the little blue flags in the picture below.


The only positive that came out of surveying was that we learned that we didn’t quite dig and chip out all the ledge we needed in what will be the front of the house.  So back the chipper came just before the snow…

That’s right, I said snow.  The only thing more disheartening than looking out at our pile of dirt, is looking out at our pile of dirt covered in snow.  Thankfully the snow came and went with our famously unpredictable New England weather.  It helps that they set down thick black tarp and a bit of Hot Stuff to protect the area.

We are supposed to make progress this week.  Keeping our fingers crossed (along with our toes, arms, legs, eyes…I think you get the picture) that we will have a foundation before the New Year.



Getting Chippy

After staring at a pile of busted concrete and dirt for almost a month we finally made some progress!

Being delayed for so long by the town has wreaked havoc on our ‘schedule’.  I use that team loosely because we are in a state of having to wait for equipment and crews to be available.

On Monday the chipper and excavator were delivered and on Tuesday they were chipping away.  And chip they did!  We always knew we were on ledge, but man we are on LEDGE!

I think we held our breath for the entire day waiting to hear that we hit ledge that would either take extra time to chip or that wasn’t chippable.  Hey, with our luck we thought it was inevitable.  Thankfully, they were able to complete all the chipping and trenching in 2 1/2 days!  Now we have a beautifully trenched plot of dirt waiting for foundation forms.