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New beam

     October 28, 2014 0 Comments

Let’s pretend 5 days passed between this post and the last telling you about our mistake. We’ve been a bit behind in catching you up with what’s going on, so just go with it ūüėČ The new beam (read about our mistake here) was delivered and Limitless Construction helped do the transfer. They lifted the…

Next Step – waterproofing, beams and trusses

     October 24, 2014

We went by the job site and saw that the waterproofing to the foundation had been completed by Safrane Construction. The black tar goes around the entire basement to ensure that moisture from the soil doesn’t enter the concrete pores. This is incredibly important to reduce the risk of mold.   We were also happy…

Forms are off!

     October 22, 2014 0 Comments

We went by the job site today and saw that Safrane Construction already removed the forms! It’s so awesome to see the basement foundation walls up. It feels like a huge step!   Here’s a shot of one of the windows. We made a huge whoops! though… ¬†When we went to order our windows, the…

Frames off, Forms in!

     October 8, 2014 0 Comments

The frame around the footing came off! The concrete is solid, and the next step of the build is well on it’s way. Safrane Construction and the crew took the frames off and Bergen Excavating came in and spread rock. We love working with these two companies because they have experience working together and synchronize…

ICF vs. Standard Concrete + Forms

     September 30, 2014 0 Comments

There are two types of basements that we were considering for the House Trade Built: a regular concrete form foundation¬†or an insulated concrete form (ICF) foundation. ICF foundations are¬†where contractors¬†basically build your basement out of Lego pieces made of thick styrofoam. Traditional concrete form basements are formed between steel and wood sheets. Concrete is poured…

Pile ’em in!

     September 16, 2014 0 Comments

Now that the excavation is complete, we can start working on the basement!   We hired Safrane Construction to do the basement. This company came highly recommended to us by a few people. A few acquaintances have used them in the past and said the work was great, but the review that stood out best…